Nurses dedicated to early sepsis identification and timely treatment can make a marked difference in lives saved, according to Sepsis Alliance, the largest sepsis advocacy organization in the United States.
Though many U.S. hospitals have sepsis-reduction programs in place, the St. Joseph Hoag Health system in Orange County, California has dedicated members of the nursing staff to the identification and control of this often-deadly condition.
Every hospital in the network always has a dedicated sepsis nurse on duty. Identification of patients at risk for sepsis is key. Then, intense monitoring begins: sepsis nurses watch for any drop in blood pressure, confusion, increased heart rate, high white-blood-cell counts and any progression of infection.
The program is producing remarkable results. Over the two-year period 2015-2016, the death rate for all sepsis cases over the St. Joseph Hoag Health system dropped by 3%; at St. Joseph Hospital, the number of septic shock cases dropped by 50%.
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– Kaiser Health News