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Stopping Sepsis in its Tracks

Sepsis, a serious condition that arises from the body’s response to infection, can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sepsis is the leading cause of deaths in U.S. hospitals, at a cost of $23,663,000. The Sepsis Alliance website notes that […]

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Redefined Sepsis Affects Coding, Documentation

A leading cause of death in the United States, sepsis results in 750,000 fatalities each year. With annual treatment costs estimated to be $20 billion, sepsis tops the list of the most expensive conditions to treat. Because health care organizations have difficulty diagnosing the life-threatening complication in a timely way, individuals who develop the condition […]

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Update on Saving Lives with Predictive Analytics

Our guest Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation at Wolters Kluwer Health, joined the show once again to give us an Update on Saving Lives with Predictive Analytics.

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Targeting Instances of Sepsis at Huntsville Hospital

“Evaluating the Impact of a Computerized Surveillance Algorithm and Decision Support System on Sepsis Mortality,” appeared in the June print edition of The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). This study examined how clinicians at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital decreased sepsis-related deaths by 53 percent during a 10-month period using a combination of clinical […]

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Seeking a Sharper Focus on Sepsis

There are now only two identified stages of sepsis: Sepsis and septic shock, as the new sepsis-3 definitions are designed to apply only to patients with life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. “Severe” sepsis is no longer used in the terminology and the milder stage of sepsis that was identified […]

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When is a Fact not a Fact? Tackling Sepsis: the United States’ Deadliest Condition Treated in Hospital Intensive Care Units

When gathering evidence in the classic American TV show Dragnet, Sergeant Joe Friday famously warned witnesses to give him “just the facts.” Of course, a fact is a thing that is known or proved to be true. But how do you solve a case when the facts themselves are in question? Stephen Claypool, M.D., Medical […]

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Clinical Decision Support Decreases Sepsis Mortality in AL

A pair of clinical informaticist consultants found clinical decision support (CDS) systems to have a positive impact on identifying instances of sepsis and reducing sepsis mortality at an Alabama hospital. According to the research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the combination of a computerized surveillance algorithm and CDS tools amounted […]

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Electronic Surveillance Helps Alabama Hospital Reduce Sepsis Deaths

A Huntsville, Alabama, hospital was able to reduce sepsis-related deaths by 53 percent through a program focused on staff education and an electronic surveillance system, according to research published at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Automated, Real-Time Surveillance Significantly Reduced Sepsis Mortality

Automated surveillance and real-time analysis led to a significant reduction in sepsis mortality at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). A study by researchers Sharad Manaktala, M.D., Ph.D., and others examines how clinicians at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital decreased sepsis-related deaths by 53 percent […]

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Evaluating the Impact of a Computerized Surveillance Algorithm and Decision Support System on Sepsis Mortality

We created a system using a triad of change management, electronic surveillance, and algorithms to detect sepsis and deliver highly sensitive and specific decision support to the point of care using a mobile application. The investigators hypothesized that this system would result in a reduction in sepsis mortality. We concluded that a program consisting of […]

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