1887
Volume 2016, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7094

Abstract

Sepsis is a major cause of hospitalization with a high mortality rate. Early recognition and management of sepsis have shown to improve mortality outcomes. A proactive alert system for improving the response of the interdisciplinary team may decrease the time to intervention and improve patient outcomes.

The study evaluated the impact of an early alert system, “CODE SEPSIS”, on adherence to the sepsis management bundle and time to intervention among patients at risk for sepsis.

Patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) and meeting two or more criteria on the sepsis screening tool were intended to trigger an overhead alert known as CODE SEPSIS, which was activated based on the physician's decision. Data were retrospectively collected over a 3-month period for all hospitalized adult patients with confirmed sepsis (age above 18 years). We evaluated the time from ED presentation to diagnostic and treatment interventions. A data collection tool was designed to record information.

A total of 36 sepsis patients were identified, among which 18 were classified as CODE SEPSIS and 18 were classified as non-CODE SEPSIS. We found that the CODE SEPSIS group showed greater improvement than the non-CODE SEPSIS group from ED presentation to intravenous catheter insertion (37.3 to 31.5 minutes, 15.6%), fluid administration (41 to 39 minutes, 4.9%), microbiological workup (91 to 33 minutes, 63.7%), lactate level (69 to 66 minutes, 4.3%), prescribing antimicrobial therapy (92 to 44 minutes, 52%), and administration of antimicrobial therapy (88 to 46 minutes, 47.7%). Patients in the non-CODE SEPSIS group showed a 1-day decrease in length of hospital stay.

The CODE SEPSIS alert system developed at Al Wakra Hospital promoted early and standardized management among patients at risk for sepsis, which may lead to improved patient outcomes.

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2016-10-09
2019-12-15
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