NHS England | August 2019 | Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis
An innovation that uses algorithms to to read patients’ vital signs, alerts medics to worsening conditions that are a warning sign of sepsis, has saved hundreds of people from sepsis. The new ‘alert and action’ technology is already being used in three leading hospitals, and is now part of a f a major nationwide push to tackle the condition including a one hour identification and treatment option.
In Liverpool, the hospital’s digital system brings together lab results and patient observations into one place to help staff diagnose and treat suspected sepsis, saving up to 200 lives a year.
In Cambridge, deaths from sepsis have fallen consistently over the last three years, with at least 64 lives saved in the past year thanks to the innovative alert and action feature.
In Berkshire since introducing a digital system, the Trust has increased screening rates by 70% with nine in 10 patients now consistently screened for sepsis during admission as opposed to two in ten beforehand, allowing doctors to spot more cases sooner.
The schemes are part of a national effort to push best practice and new technology across the NHS, to help hospitals learn from the success of others and spread use of the best technology further, faster (Source: NHS England).
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