Sepsis exacts a devastating toll on human life, and the estimated costs for this disease are about US$17 billion in the United States alone. But evidence suggests optimized electronic patient records (EPRs)* can make a real difference in the battle against sepsis and other hospital-acquired infections. My personal prediction is that, because of our ability to detect patient deterioration, sepsis will eventually become another never event. Fighting sepsis with computer power Sepsis is a deadly and costly disease that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissue. Treatments are not benign and are astronomically expensive, hence clinicians are appropriately conservative in initiating treatment. Sepsis is insidious. Clinicians know it might happen, but it’s hard to see all the factors contributing to it. In the past, we had to rely on smart clinicians, watching carefully to discern […]
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