School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
sepsis treatment order sets, sepsis alert, sepsis mortality, sepsis in the emergency department
Tester, Danielle Marie, "Impact of Emergency Department Triage Sepsis Screening Algorithm and Treatment Order Sets: An Integrative Review" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3770.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to tissue damage, end-organ damage, and death if left untreated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sepsis as a severe response to an infection. Sepsis is prominent health concerns worldwide, as it continues to be a leading cause of mortality despite having access to health care. This has impelled many health care organizations to improve sepsis-related care and sepsis outcomes by formulating core measures to improve patient care. The purpose of this integrative review is to discuss if initiation of an emergency department triage sepsis screening algorithm and treatment order sets can improve patient outcomes and reduce mortality as well as to determine if early identification of systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria will improve sepsis mortality. An extensive literature search was completed to find best practice regarding care of sepsis patients. Recommended care included identifying sepsis during triage through use of a screening tool and using standardized treatment order sets for positive triage screening. Use of systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria also improves sepsis outcomes.