Speeding sepsis response: University of Utah health reduced cost and length of stay for septic patients by 10%


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

Sepsis is survivable, but it must be identified and treated quickly: Once hypotension sets in, the risk of death rises 8 percent with each hour that passes before treatment. University of Utah Health had an inefficient multi-step process to identify and treat sepsis that had potential for error. Dr. Devin Horton, hospitalist and assistant professor in the division of internal medicine at University of Utah Health, will share how today alerts that identify at-risk patients are transmitted from the EHR through their enterprise communication platform, allowing for faster patient intervention. The result? A 10 percent reduction in cost and length of stay for septic patients. Dr. Andrew Mellin, chief medical officer at Spok, will also describe how this model can be applied to other clinical scenarios.


Learning Points

  • How to improve sepsis awareness with your hospital staff and why it’s important
  • How University of Utah Health eliminated manual processes for sepsis identification and notification
  • How to effectively communicate events from your EHR’s clinical decision support tools to the right person in your health system
  • How an enterprise clinical collaboration and communication platform can speed sepsis response and improve other clinical workflows


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