EMR Surveillance Improves Sepsis Clinical Outcomes

Implementing an electronic medical record surveillance tool can help improve clinical outcomes related to sepsis, according to a study in Heart & Lung.

Researchers implemented an EMR-based sepsis surveillance system for patients admitted to a medical telemetry unit with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock.

They found the rates of home discharge increased from 25.3 percent pre-implementation to 49.0 percent post-implementation. Additionally, hospital mortality rates fell from 9.3 percent to 1 percent.

Researchers suggest an EMR sepsis surveillance alert can help identify sepsis more quickly, thereby reducing the effects and improving clinical quality.

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