Sepsis Education For Healthcare Professionals
For physicians, the need for more effective strategies to help manage sepsis is urgent. Sepsis can be difficult to identify due to its symptomatic similarity to other illnesses, and it can kill a patient quickly, especially if it is not diagnosed early enough. With sepsis, time is of the essence.
Clinicians are arming themselves with the tools and processes they need to quickly identify sepsis and begin treatment. The CDC says that, "If sepsis is suspected, order tests to determine if an infection is present, where it is, and what caused it. Start antibiotics and other medical care immediately. Document antibiotic dose, duration, and purpose."1 In addition, hospitals can and should implement a sepsis protocol to identify and respond to sepsis more effectively.
New York State has taken the first step towards reducing sepsis mortality by implementing Rory’s Regulations. The following pages offer resources and information on how hospitals can enhance their sepsis protocol and why it's so important: