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Sepsis and shock response team in the ED reduces mortality

American College of Chest Physicians

MONTRÉAL (October 19, 2015)- Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, formed a multidisciplinary sepsis and shock response team (SSRT) to help alert emergency department providers when these disorders are suspected. An automated electronic sepsis alarm for early recognition, followed by standardized multidisciplinary management of patients with suspected sepsis or shock with SSRT, improved the compliance with standard care measures and overall mortality.

The study used two blind reviewers to retrospectively review abstract data on clinical trajectory and outcomes in all patients with sepsis admitted between September 2013 and September 2014 and compared the standard of care between the SSRT pre-implementation period and post-study period. Results showed that the observed/expected sepsis mortality index improved from 1.38 pre-SSRT to 0.68 post-SSRT implementation.

"Implementation of automatic electronic alerts followed by systematic assessment and early intervention will improve compliance with diagnosis and treatment protocols," said Dr. Moreno Franco, Mayo Clinic physician and lead researcher. "It will also improve the standard of care measures and outcomes of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock."


Further results will be shared during CHEST 2015 on Monday, October 26 at 1:30 pm at Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 513ef. The study abstract can be viewed on the CHEST website.

CHEST 2015 is the 81st annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 24-28, 2015, in Montréal, Canada. The American College of Chest Physicians, publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For more information about CHEST 2015, visit, or follow the CHEST meeting hashtag, #CHEST2015, on social media.

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