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Sepsis affects hundreds of millions of patients across the world within various healthcare settings. Sepsis protocols vary between health systems and institutions which can lead to the lack of prompt client intervention. Each one hour delay in administration of antibiotics is associated with an 8% decrease in survival (Rhodes et al., 2017). The vision for this project is to explore the potential benefits of implementing a standardized national sepsis protocol. For this EBP project a PICO question was formulated. In adult patients presenting to the emergency room with suspected sepsis, how does a standardized international nurse lead sepsis screening protocol, compared to protocols that vary by hospital system, promote early identification of sepsis. To address the PICO question, an exhaustive search of the literature was completed and three (3) articles were selected utilizing the level of evidence pyramid. A synthesis of the literature and recommendations for future practice were initiated. A review of the evidence led to the inclusion of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign app in all hospital phones and computers. This will provide a condensed space with a sepsis screening tool, lab results, and pop up notifications to various specialties such as pharmacy and physicians. Collaborative care plays a pivotal role in expediting the identification of sepsis and enhancing patient outcomes.


Presented during West Chester University's Research & Creative Activity Day, 17 April 2024