Kleinpell, R. Promoting early identification of sepsis in hospitalized patients with nurse-led protocols. Critical Care. published online 11th January 2017
The role of nurses in quality improvement of sepsis care is significant. As nurses spend the majority of time with patients, their role in the recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis is critical to improving sepsis-related outcomes
Educating all staff about sepsis management and the translation of guidelines into clinical practice can enhance the nurses’ ability to identify sepsis and implement early therapy measures . Additionally, ensuring adequate education for nursing staff is a vital component to establishing highly functional sepsis screening and sepsis management protocols.
In this editorial, Ruth Kleinpell looks at a number of studies that have established the impact of nurse-led sepsis screening interventions in improving early recognition of patients with sepsis.
Read the full editorial here