OhioHealth Sepsis Effort ‘Saved About 250 Lives’

Christopher Cheney, January 25, 2018

Each team features about a half-dozen members, including the following:

  • A healthcare information technologist
  • A laboratory staff member
  • A pharmacist
  • A physician
  • A nurse

Forgiving climate for clinicians

Achieving rapid treatment for sepsis patients requires creating a clinical climate that does not penalize caregivers for "false-alarm" diagnoses, O'Brien says.

"We have to be really careful to understand that clinicians are doing a difficult task in trying to figure out what to do, because this is a disease for which there is no single test that says, 'This is absolutely sepsis,' says O’Brien. “They are making decisions with uncertainty."

Given directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations to avoid overuse of antibiotics, one of the keys to creating a forgiving climate for clinicians is being supportive of their diagnoses and medication decisions, he says.

"If you go back and beat up the clinicians for having given antibiotics when they were uncertain what the problem was, that's just unfair to them."

Christopher Cheney

Christopher Cheney is the senior finance editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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