Two-stage Screening Tool Improves Identification of Young Sepsis Patients in ED: An electronic alert is paired with screening questions and a sepsis huddle to improve accuracy, reduce alert misfires

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Abstract

Investigators at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a two-stage process to better identify children with sepsis while also minimizing alert fatigue. The approach includes an electronic alert tool that flags children with abnormal vital signs, but includes screening questions that enable clinicians to eliminate patients with no sign of infection. This approach is paired with a sepsis huddle to bring clinician judgment into the equation.

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