Hospitals, ambulance service and nursing homes trained in ‘sepsis warning system’

From the Democrat:

Medical officials from Bothwell Regional Health Center and Pettis County Ambulance District, local nursing homes and staff from area nursing facilities, in conjunction with the Missouri Hospital Association, have implemented an “early warning system” for sepsis, a complication of infection that leads to organ failure.

“We’ve had educational programs here at the hospital to train our staff to look for warning signs of sepsis, what some call blood poisoning,” said BRHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Philip J. Fracica. “We look for abnormalities in vital signs. Physicians, nurses and emergency medical personal are trained to look for sepsis warning signs such as dehydration, raised body temperature, elevated heart rate, elevated respiration and low blood pressure.Sepsis can be triggered by injury, infection or other activation of the immune response.”

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