Engaging first responders in early sepsis identification working to improve health outcomes in patients diagnosed with sepsis has extended beyond the walls of Covenant Hospital Levelland, a Providence St. Joseph Health Hospital in Texas. Research indicates that reduced sepsis mortality is associated with early identification and initiation of treatment. A pre-hospital sepsis initiative was implemented to educate emergency medical service (EMS) providers to early sepsis recognition; share best practices, quality metrics, and patient feedback; and develop treatment protocols to facilitate optimal patient outcomes. Education focused on identifying Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), raising awareness of suspected infections, recognizing organ dysfunction within ambulance technology capabilities, and introducing fluid resuscitation if indicated. A “sepsis alert” was developed to create collective mindfulness in caring for sepsis patients among all medical team members upon arrival to the emergency department.
For more information, please contact Amy Land, BSN, RN, CEN, Trauma & Quality Coordinator, Covenant Hospital Levelland, at Amy.Land@covlev.org.