I spent the day today with 60 physicians and nurses at a symposium focused on quality improvement and reducing mortality from sepsis. Sepsis (overwhelming infection) is the number 1 cause of hospital deaths and the mortality rate can be as high as 60% if the patient goes into shock from infection. Survival depends upon thousands of independent pieces coming together in an organized way. A patient doesn’t come to the emergency department and say “I have sepsis”. He may arrive by ambulance or be brought in by a relative and simply feel weak, or confused or have a fever.
To make the diagnosis, the doctor or nurse has to be thinking sepsis is a possibility and it is critical to get the right tests and treatments within a very short time frame. There are complicated steps that must be taken quickly and the entire hospital team (lab, pharmacy, transport, doctors and nurses) must act Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*