Title : Increasing the rate of sepsis identification and implementation of the sepsis bundle in the emergency department
The aim of this QI project was to increase the rate of sepsis identification at the time of triage resulting in an overall decrease in time from presentation to the receipt of IV antibiotics in patients presenting to the emergency department with 2 SIRS criteria and an identifiable source. Patients who are not identified at triage risk prolonged waiting times with an ultimate decrease in overall mortality unless identified early. Central to early identification of is ensuring the staff has the knowledge base to make the identification and treat septic patients rapidly.
Audience Take Away Notes:
- Assessment of sepsis compliance from the time of triage rather than sepsis declaration
- Barriers in the implementation of the sepsis bundle in the emergency department
- Importance of assessing baseline knowledge of the emergency department staff and utilizing baseline knowledge to build educational programs.