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Sepsis nurses help hospitals boost outcomes

Many hospitals have had difficulty getting a handle on sepsis. The disease harms thousands of patients each year, and statistics show it’s one of the leading causes of death in hospitals. To dampen its effects, some facilities have started tackling sepsis with additional assistance from specially trained nurses. 

Study: Early treatment protocols improve sepsis outcomes

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospitals across the county. As a way to improve patient outcomes, more healthcare pros are arguing in favor of early detection testing once the illness is suspected. There’s been some debate on whether this was effective – until now. 

Vitamin C could help sepsis patients recover

Sepsis is one of the biggest killers in hospitals. Thousands of patients who contract the illness die each year. And lowering sepsis rates has been a tough battle for facilities to fight. However, new research may help hospitals get a handle on this deadly disease – with only a common vitamin. 

Study: Sepsis tops list for readmissions

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doesn’t judge hospitals specifically on their performance with readmissions due to sepsis, it may be on the horizon for the feds in the near future. This is especially true given new research showing just how many readmissions can be attributed to the illness. 

Failed sepsis EHR alert leads to surprising discovery

Alerts may be annoying to your hospital staff, and they might be overused in some cases. But they also provide opportunities to improve patient care, even if they may not be working as intended initially. One health system’s attempt to create an alert designed to root out sepsis ended up with a different, yet still […] [MORE]

CDC: What hospitals must do to fight sepsis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants hospitals and healthcare providers to do more to save patients from a deadly condition: sepsis. Facilities need to protect patients who may be at risk of contracting the condition, as well as act quickly when a patient shows signs of the illness. 

Healthgrades honors high-performing hospitals

Healthgrades just released its list of the top-performing hospitals in the country. Besides performing well with achieving several quality benchmarks, the facilities have also made significant progress in improving outcomes for one deadly hospital-acquired condition. 

Sepsis measures updated: Best response for hospitals

Besides the switch to ICD-10, hospitals have another looming deadline to worry about in October. That’s when stricter reporting standards for sepsis recognition and treatment will be enforced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Cutting readmissions for one deadly condition

Because of high federal scrutiny, hospitals are looking to reduce readmissions rates for a number of conditions. New research gives insight as to how facilities can cut the rates for an illness with a high percentage of readmissions: sepsis.

Fighting sepsis: Keeping deadly condition under control

While illnesses like ebola and enterovirus D68 have received a lot of press lately, there’s been less attention given to a condition that’s causing harm to many more hospital patients: sepsis.