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Sepsis: digital monitoring improves outcomes by alerting clinicians to deteriorating patients, study finds

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 20 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6615
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

A digital monitoring system for sepsis that alerts clinicians to signs of deterioration helped to reduce deaths and hospital stays, a study has found.1

The system is based on the St John’s Sepsis Agent algorithm, which highlights when a patient may have an infection or signs of organ deterioration. Alerts are generated when any of a range of signs, such as temperature, heart rate, or glucose level, strays outside the normal range.

Nurses are notified of alerts through a pop-up warning on a patient’s electronic health record or on a dashboard that highlights any patient with an active …

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