Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It occurs when an infection triggers a chain reaction through the body. If not treated early-on, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. Not only is it life-threatening, but it’s one of the most expensive conditions that are treated in hospitals, and survivors are at a high risk of recurrent sepsis, readmission, and functional impairment.
In addition to being life-threatening, sepsis can be difficult to detect. Instead of a standard diagnostic test, physicians must consider a combination of the following factors: abnormal vital signs, laboratory results, and patient-reported information. Due to this, physicians know how important sepsis surveillance really is.
Sepsis surveillance helps physicians identify sepsis in the early stages. Reliable sepsis surveillance allows physicians to:
- Identify risk factors and targets for prevention
- Guide new programs
- Understand the impact of interventions and policies
- Find opportunities for better care
- Help direct research investments
What makes sepsis surveillance possible is updated and accurate healthcare technology software systems. Since sepsis has the same symptoms as other conditions, online systems allow physicians to receive real-time alerts. These alerts help them identify early signs of sepsis so that physicians can do further tests to identify if the patient has this condition.