On the 5th and 6th February, we attended and exhibited at Sepsis Unplugged 2018, a forum for healthcare professionals to come together and improve sepsis outcomes. As part of the exhibition, we shared information about our successful sepsis improvement work at County Durham & Darlington NHS Trust (CDDFT). Paul Latimer, Lead Nurse, Special Projects at CDDFT also attended and spoke about the huge improvements CDDFT have achieved with the help of Nervecentre’s mobile technology. We were proud to showcase the incredible changes in sepsis screening and treatment to a wide range of multidisciplinary attendees.
Paul discussed some of the benefits of his Trust’s use of Nervecentre to support sepsis screening and the associated escalation of care. Some of the key benefits outlined were:
-Automated, continuous cross-referencing of patient vital signs, lab results and clinical notes identifies potential sepsis, AKI or other conditions as soon as results are available – eliminating the delay and errors associated with manual checking of results
-Automated workflows initiate time-critical actions, advising the most appropriate clinician of action required to manage each action through to completion
-Each workflow is fully configurable to the process, escalation and alert policies appropriate to your hospital
-Full audit and reporting of screening and actions for each condition
Prior to the introduction of Nervecentre screening, 46% of inpatients were screened for sepsis – with levels as low as 37% in Q3 2016/17. By May 2017, this had climbed to 100%*. Similarly, the number of patients with sepsis receiving antibiotic treatment within one hour of diagnosis has risen significantly. Prior to the introduction of Nervecentre screening, the number of patients administered antibiotics within one hour of a sepsis diagnosis was 29%. In May 2017, that figured had grown to 93% – and has continued to perform in excess of 90% in the months that have followed. Paul Latimer – Lead Nurse at County Durham and Darlington says “The mobile platform is helping us support our staff with tools to recognise – and respond to – a potentially life-threatening condition. And it’s allowing us to provide the assurance that every patient that comes into our care will be screened for sepsis – and treated promptly and appropriately.”
*Adult IP excluding ITU, Maternity & ED