A HOSPITAL worker has been recognised nationally for developing an educational film to help cancer patients.
Yvette Wright, chemotherapy clinical learning facilitator at the Conquest, was part of a team from the Sussex Cancer Network commended at the Excellence in Oncology Awards ceremony.
They were recognised in the Best Professional Education Initiative category.
It was for her work in producing a DVD to help recognise signs and symptoms of neutropenic sepsis, which is a side-effect of chemotherapy that can be fatal if left untreated.
Chemotherapy patients are said to be “neutropenic” because they have low levels of white blood cells called neutrophils, which help fight infection.
When the patient becomes infected and is unable to fight the infection they are said to have “sepsis” and may suffer from fever, shivers, flu-like symptoms and nausea.
Neutropenic sepsis is treatable if the symptoms are spotted early. However, the early symptoms are often vague and non-specific, which has led in the past to delays in the patient reporting their symptoms and in diagnosis and treatment.
To raise awareness the Sussex Cancer Network developed a campaign called HEAT (History, Examine, Action, Treat). At the heart of the campaign is the DVD, which contains a short film-based on the true story of a patient with neutropenic sepsis.