Getting the Upper Hand on Sepsis

Summary: A major healthcare provider sees its data in a different way, to everyone’s benefit.

The immune system protects the body from many illnesses and infections, but it’s also possible for it to go into overdrive in response to an infection. Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead.

Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock, which is a medical emergency. There are more than 1 million cases of sepsis each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this type of infection kills more than 258,000 Americans a year. Often, nurses use manual surveillance methods to screen the patients admitted to the hospital for sepsis risk, which may not be an efficient use of their time.

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November 3, 2017