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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Sepsis Awareness Month?  The Sepsis Alliance defines sepsis as “the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.”  For those of us that are not clinical, our immune systems are meant to spring into action to prevent infection when the presence of a bacteria, fungus, parasite or virus is detected; sometimes, for unknown reasons, instead of fighting the possible source of infection, our immune system turns on itself, attacking our tissue and vital organs.  This is the beginning of sepsis.  

The statistics on sepsis are truly staggering. According to the CDC, in a typical year in America:

  • At least 1.7 million adults develop sepsis
  • At least 350,000 adults who develop sepsis die during their hospitalization or are discharged to hospice
  • 1 in 3 people who die in the hospital had sepsis during their hospital stay
  • Sepsis, or the infection causing sepsis, starts before a patient goes to the hospital in nearly 87% of the cases

Although anyone can develop sepsis, there are some people who are at higher risk than others including: 

  • People over the age of 65
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • Children under the age of one
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People with recent severe illnesses or hospitalizations and people who have previously survived sepsis

It is important to mention that the Sepsis Alliance also notes that “Until a cure for sepsis is found, early detection and treatment is essential for survival and limiting disability for survivors.”

At Picis we understand the importance of early detection and treatment of sepsis.  To that end, Picis offers a Sepsis Screening Tool which employs rule-based notifications to help clinicians identify warning signs of changes in patient health. When sepsis rules are met, a red notification beacon displays in the patient band on the monitoring screen to notify staff of the potential for sepsis.  When this beacon is clicked a popup window provides basic information regarding the possible sepsis detection along with the ability to enter additional signs /symptoms or risk factors.  In addition, the tool provides a list of recommendations and the ability for clinicians to confirm or discard the possibility of sepsis and provide documentation notes. 

The sepsis screening tool is one way that we are helping to support clinicians in their care of patients. “Sepsis prevention is only possible by preventing infections with good and consistent hygiene and avoiding people with infections.” Learn more about prevention efforts through The Sepsis Alliance. As we continue through this month, check our blog and social media for updates and ways that we all can bring awareness to this life-threatening condition.

À propos de l'auteur

Sonia Nagel, vice-présidente, Services professionnels

Pendant son séjour chez Picis, Sonia a aimé travailler avec de nombreux clients et collègues pour améliorer les processus de gestion de projet et l'expérience client. Sonia vient chez nous avec une formation hospitalière et apporte avec elle plus de 20 ans d'expérience dans les technologies de l'information sur la santé, dont les 12 dernières ont été consacrées au support des applications, à la mise en œuvre et à la réussite des clients.

En plus de son expérience, elle est titulaire d'un baccalauréat ès sciences en technologies des systèmes d'information, d'un PMP (Project Management Professional), d'un RHIT (AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician) et d'un CHTS (AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Implementation Support Specialist).

Sonia croit que chaque jour offre une opportunité d'apprendre et de grandir à la fois personnellement et professionnellement et elle apprécie tout ce qu'elle apprend de ses clients et collègues. Lorsque Sonia n'est pas au travail, elle va souvent courir, faire du vélo ou de la randonnée avec sa famille et ses amis.