Sepsis and Electronic Health Record Systems

Recommendation

  • Whenever possible, work with the information technology team and the electronic health record (EHR) vendor to incorporate sepsis screening and treatment tools into the EHR.

Rationale

  • Tools in the electronic health record can help to identify patients who may have early signs of sepsis.
  • Tools in the electronic health record can help provide guidance regarding standardized treatment for patients.
  • EHR can be used to automate important follow-up tests.
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Sepsis Electronic Best Practice Alerts Criteria

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Sepsis Toolkit
(for MEDITECH users only)

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Best practices:

Electronic screening tool helps identify sepsis early

- Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport

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Best practices:

Implementing “smart” electronic alerts for sepsis identification

- University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester

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Best practices:

Surveillance tool helps hospitals in rapid detection of sepsis

- Lowell General Hospital, Lowell

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Best practices:

Using electronic systems to detect and treat sepsis

- Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, Brockton

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