Screening and treatment algorithm tools

Recommendation

  • Adopt an evidence-based tool for staff to use to assess changes in a patient’s health status.
  • Have a system in place for notifying a supervisor if a staff member notices a change in the patient’s health status.
  • Adopt an evidence-based treatment protocol that has time-specific treatment goals for clinicians to follow when there is a suspicion of sepsis.
  • Provide regular education and training for staff on the provider’s sepsis protocol.

Rationale

  • Utilizing a standardized screening tool is an effective strategy to aid in the early recognition of sepsis.
  • For facilities that have the capacity to begin treatment, use of a standard treatment bundle for sepsis is effective in reducing mortality.
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INTERACT stop and watch tool

This tool prompts PCA staff to “stop and watch” for changes in a resident’s health and mental status.

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Seeing Sepsis algorithm for skilled nursing facilities

Use this screening and treatment algorithm for adults in skilled nursing facilities.

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