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Calling Code Sepsis!

Test-of-Change Designed to Ensure Rapid Response to Sepsis Cases

To further improve our care for patients suffering severe sepsis or septic shock, Cedars-Sinai has developed a new "Code Sepsis" order set and protocols. This order set, which went live Sept. 19, helps ensure that patients with suspected sepsis have immediate blood cultures drawn and antibiotics administered quickly – with the goal of one hour or less.

"Studies show that one of the most effective treatments of sepsis is the administration of antibiotics within one hour of recognizing the condition," says Heather D. Jones, MD, medical director of 8 North ICU in the Saperstein Critical Care Tower." Once the Code Sepsis order set has been filled out and handed to the RN, he or she will immediately page the unit pharmacist to expedite the antibiotic order."

Jones and Phillip Zakowski, MD, are the champions of this best practice test-of-change, developed as part of Cedars-Sinai Medicine.

Sepsis is currently the leading preventable cause of deaths in hospitals nationwide. It typically begins as an ordinary infection, such as pneumonia or a UTI, but can become fatal if the infection enters the bloodstream. Because sepsis progresses rapidly, early detection and intervention is critical to saving lives.

A Code Sepsis order set should be used only for severe sepsis (sepsis and organ dysfunction) and septic shock (severe sepsis and hypotension unresponsive to fluids).The order set includes a list of 2011 "empiric" treatment recommendations for sepsis and other common adult infections. These recommendations were approved by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Executive Committee.

For more information on Code Sepsis, please contact Jones at heather.jones@cshs.org or Jennifer Varma, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, NP-C, senior clinical project advisor for Cedars-Sinai Medicine, at jennifer.varma@cshs.org.