CATalyst for Change: How Members of WellSpan’s Central Alert Team (CAT) Are Revolutionizing Sepsis Care
In the United States, almost 1 million patients with sepsis are admitted to hospitals annually, and the cost of managing sepsis admissions is higher than any other disease state. Early identification and treatment are critical for survival, though both are notoriously difficult as symptoms are often nonspecific.
Four years ago, WellSpan Health asked, “What if there were a way to provide real-time, meaningful clinical decision support to bedside providers to identify sepsis sooner and start lifesaving treatment?” Meet Margaret D’Ercole, Patricia Everett, Dana Gaultney, Angela Mays, Brenna Simcoe, and Cynthia Yascavage, who share how their Central Alert Team decreased mortality rates, increased bundle compliance, and proved there is a better way.
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