Sepsis monitoring system reduces deaths in UK hospitals

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A study published today in the Journal of the America Medical Informatics Association has demonstrated that a new digital sepsis monitoring system implemented in three Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (London, UK) hospitals lowered the odds of death from sepsis by 24%.

Researchers from Imperial College London (UK) have recently published findings from a new sepsis monitoring system, implemented in 2016, at St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospital (all London, UK).

“Sepsis can be deadly if it’s not diagnosed and treated quickly. However, symptoms can be hard to spot and are similar to other conditions such as flu or a chest infection, which can result in delayed diagnosis and treatments. The sepsis alert system was put in place at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to see if it can help monitor and flag patients who may have sepsis to clinicians for further investigations and treatments” commented lead author Kate Honeyford (Imperial College London).

In the UK, sepsis is estimated to cause 46,000 deaths each year, therefore a quick diagnosis and effective treatment are of the utmost priority.

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