To study the effects on patient care and outcomes, researchers from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, formed a multidisciplinary sepsis and shock response team (SSRT) to help alert emergency department providers when he conditions were suspected.

According to research to be presented at CHEST 2015, compliance with standard care measures and overall mortality in sepsis and shock patients improved with use of an automated electronic sepsis alarm for early recognition, followed by standardized multidisciplinary management of patients by theSSRT.

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,” Mayo Clinic physician and lead researcher Dr Moreno Franco said in a press release. “It will also improve the standard of care measures and outcomes of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.”