Tackling one of the UK’s biggest killers.
Overcoming sepsis is personal to us. We know that there is a crucial window for treatment, so speed is of the essence. Our Sepsis Agent algorithm continually monitors the entire patient population of a hospital. This complete surveillance checks on temperature, heart rate, glucose levels and more, sending an alert to the rapid response care team if they fall outside of safe parameters, so they can act and save lives.
Our sepsis management solution contains standard- and evidence-based diagnostic and treatment orders, designed to guide you through timely treatment processes. We include a sepsis six care set that offers a selection of medication therapies so that you can select the most effective antibiotic treatment, as well as order intravenous fluids, diagnostic tests and other therapies.
Administered early enough, straightforward treatment with intravenous antibiotics and fluids can halt the progress of sepsis and allow patients to make a full recovery. When such care is provided, between 80 percent and 90 percent of those with sepsis can be saved, meaning tens of thousands of people will be able to go home to their friends and family who may otherwise have not.
This World Sepsis Day, over 20,000 people will die from the condition, including 120 in the UK, and according to the Dr Foster research unit at Imperial College London, more deaths from sepsis are being reported. However, when drilling down further into the data, the main reason for the increase is improved awareness of sepsis. Doctors and nurses are recognising deteriorating patients earlier and are coding sepsis cases more accurately. This has led to a rise in coding for sepsis, and a subsequent increase in known sepsis-related deaths.
Sepsis is one of the UK’s biggest killers, yet it can be treated relatively simply. The difficulty is spotting a complex condition; and here technology can help.
“Sepsis is an important time-sensitive medical problem, and through our partnership with Cerner, we've been able to implement an alert system that has helped us to accurately and timely identify patients who are going to become septic. That has really helped us to initiate treatment quicker, and it helps us to save lives more.”
— Dr Kevin Virk, North Arizona Healthcare
Early recognition of sepsis is imperative to early treatment and saving lives. A sepsis clinical decision support system that offers real-time surveillance and electronic alert notification capabilities is more reliable when incorporating trusted clinical definitions of sepsis.
Wirral University Teaching Hospital uses Cerner’s St John’s Sepsis Agent to continually monitor vital signs to look out for early signs of deterioration. This has resulted in a 142 percent increase in sepsis awareness and 18.75 percent reduction in length of stay.
The sepsis agent is named after our first Cerner client, St John Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In honour of our first partner helping lead the vision, our first early warning alert system is also named after St John.
No, the alert is an indicator of possible sepsis. It is notifying the nurse that the patient has signs indicative of sepsis. The patient care order is not diagnosing the patient but instead giving guidance that the patient should be assessed for sepsis criteria.
The alert will only fire to nurses who have an active relationship with the patient. This is typically the bedside nurse.
Yes, each facility can set their own reference ranges for each and sepsis clinical concept.
When a patient meets 2/5 SIRS criteria + 1 sign of organ dysfunction. SIRS criteria includes: temperature, heart rate (pulse rate), respiratory rate, glucose, WBC and bands. Organ dysfunction criteria includes: total bilirubin, creatinine, lactic acid, systolic blood pressure and mean arterial pressure.
These clinical events include total bilirubin, creatinine, lactic acid, systolic blood pressure and mean arterial pressure.
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