Improving sepsis outcomes for acutely ill adults using interdisciplinary order sets.

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Improving sepsis outcomes for acutely ill adults using interdisciplinary order sets.

Clin Nurse Spec. 2011 Jul-Aug;25(4):180-5

Authors: Winterbottom F, Seoane L, Sundell E, Niazi J, Nash T

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to measure outcomes following implementation of standardized order sets for managing patients with severe sepsis/septic shock.
BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Sepsis is a severe illness, affecting approximately 750 000 people in the United States, with mortality rates of 28% to 50%, and costing $17 billion each year. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: An interdisciplinary team was created to improve early recognition and process of care in patients with severe sepsis/septic shock. Education was rolled out over 6 months, and sepsis "bundle" order sets were implemented.
SETTING AND SAMPLE: Adult patients (N = 674) with a diagnosis of severe sepsis or septic shock who were admitted to an emergency department or critical care unit at a 563-bed tertiary care teaching facility from May 2008 through October 2010 were included in data analysis.
METHODS: A plan, do, study, act methodology was used. Outcomes following project implementation were measured prospectively including appropriate recognition of patients with a diagnosis of sepsis, hospital site where the order set was initiated, and attainment of treatment goals within 6 hours of onset of severe sepsis/septic shock.
FINDINGS: When order set usage was analyzed, the use of order sets was significantly associated with meeting "6-hour goals" successfully (?1 [n = 662] = 36.16, P < .001); order set usage explained 24% of the variation in meeting goals, R = 0.24, F1,661 = 38.51, P < .0001.
CONCLUSIONS: Order sets improved management of septic patients through effective change in delivery systems to support evidence-based medical care.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Administrative support, team collaboration, and standardized order sets can lead to improved process of care.

PMID: 21654373 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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