The Friday Five – September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals and the leading cause of readmissions especially for patients 50 years of age or older. Yet, only 55% of US adults have heard of the disease. Recognizing the need to raise awareness and spur prevention, the Sepsis Alliance dubbed September Sepsis Awareness Month. The condition takes a life every two minutes and continues to plague the industry. This week’s Friday Five focuses on sepsis awareness and is brought to you by Vocera (@VoceraComm) and Capsule Technologies (@capsule_tech).
Automated Alerts Aid in Early Detection
In major hospitals and health systems – including Halifax Health – an early warning system was implemented that looks for signs of potential sepsis in patients, such as rising body temperature. The system then automatically alerts clinicians through the Vocera Badge, ensuring timely response in case antibiotics and other interventions are necessary. Since early detection is crucial when it comes to sepsis, these automated alerts are saving lives and improving outcomes for patients.
— Vocera (@VoceraComm) September 13, 2017
Solve Sepsis by Solving Data
Early intervention of sepsis requires data that is holistic, actionable and consistently routed to the right clinicians at the right time, says Dr. John Zaleski, Chief Informatics Officer at Capsule Technologies. Leveraging aggregated, protocol-driven measures for septicemia detection and stored data from the EHR, a multivariate rules-based, advanced analytics engine can identify a potential deteriorating condition and notify the clinical team.
— Capsule Technologies (@capsule_tech) August 23, 2019
Free Sepsis Toolkits
Download and use the materials from the World Sepsis Day Initiative toolkits to spread awareness about sepsis and World Sepsis Day in your network. The materials are for non-commercial use only. If you have ideas for more material or can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us.
— World Sepsis Day (@WorldSepsisDay) August 30, 2019
Hospital-Onset Versus Community-Onset Sepsis
A study using electronic clinical data from a large cohort of U.S. hospitals found that hospital-onset sepsis was associated with a two-fold higher odds of death compared with community-onset sepsis.
Epidemiology of Hospital-Onset Versus Community-Onset Sepsis in U.S. Hospitals and Association With Mortality: A Retrospective Analysis Using Electronic Clinical Data https://t.co/QputXGMacz
— CriticalCareMed (@CritCareMed) August 26, 2019
2019 Sepsis Hero: Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital, a 2019 Sepsis Hero, implemented an innovative approach to sepsis care that resulted in a drop in sepsis mortality over the past 2 yrs among both mothers & children. Learn more at
Help us honor @TexasChildrens Hospital, a 2019 #SepsisHero! It implemented an innovative approach to #sepsis care that resulted in a drop in sepsis mortality over the past 2 yrs among both mothers & children. Learn more at https://t.co/xlqjnPv1BX. pic.twitter.com/3Q0jZe8Mwv
— Sepsis Alliance (@SepsisAlliance) August 28, 2019