Electronic observations key to addressing sepsis crisis, says Patientrack
Digital observations technology should be seen as an essential part of the solution to managing sepsis required by NCEPOD report
UK hospitals can address many of the issues raised in November’s Just Say Sepsis report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) through electronic observations and assessment technology, specialist healthcare company Patientrack has said.
Patientrack, which provides early warning and observations technology to hospitals in the UK and abroad, has worked with frontline clinicians so that they can rapidly identify patients at risk of sepsis, which is associated with 37,000 deaths every year.
Donald Kennedy, managing director at Patientrack, said: “Sepsis is recognised across the country as an issue of grave concern. The NCEPOD report is a welcome reminder as to what can be done. Now, digital observations and assessment technology should be seen as an essential part of the solution to preventing harm.
“Hospitals using Patientrack have been at the forefront of improved sepsis management for some time. They have been using track and trigger technology to alert appropriate clinicians when a patient’s vital signs indicate suspected sepsis.
“Established protocols such as the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) have been more easily applied and made available to all clinical staff. The technology, which monitors vital signs, has aided hospitals in the application of protocols including the sepsis six and the latest emerging best practice protocols. It has helped in the use of care bundles so that patients can be given the best possible care, as well as electronically helping to ensure care is audited.
“Our NHS partners have already demonstrated how the technology can reduce mortality and decrease length of stay. The recent McKinsey report commissioned by NHS England showed that technologies like Patientrack could save the NHS £300m. More importantly, by using such systems to identify and manage sepsis, doctors and nurses are better supported to save lives.”
Dr Luke Hodgson, intensive care research registrar at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Work being carried out at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is raising awareness and improving treatment of sepsis. The Patientrack alert we have in place from admission to hospital triggers when patients show signs they are at risk of sepsis on the NEWS and asks clinicians whether they consider infection to be likely. This then automatically triggers the sepsis six care bundle, facilitating early appropriate intervention by clinical staff to prevent harm.”
Hospitals using Patientrack technology have also been collaborating on best practice approaches to the identification and management of sepsis, which will provide an essential foundation for future research into this devastating condition.
Patientrack helps hospitals deliver safer care – which is also more cost-effective care – by ensuring observation and assessment protocols are carried out correctly and consistently, and by automatically calculating early warning scores and alerting clinicians when interventions are needed. Through early identification of deteriorating patients, and the promoting of necessary assessments, Patientrack helps hospitals meet national and local targets for improvements in patient safety, improving patient outcomes and supporting frontline staff, while at the same time cutting costs and reducing paper. Patientrack was developed in conjunction with health professionals and its effectiveness in delivering both patient safety and cost improvements has been proven in a peer-reviewed clinical journal.
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