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Digital Sepsis Monitoring System Helps Save Lives and Improve Care

The introduction of a digital alert system to monitor patients with sepsis has led to a reduction in deaths and hospital stays.

Sepsis, commonly referred to as blood poisoning, is a life-threatening condition and claims the lives of an estimated 46,000 people in the UK every year. If diagnosed early it can be treated effectively with antibiotics, but the difficulty lies in spotting sepsis before it develops, as symptoms are similar to other illnesses such as flu.

The introduction of the digital sepsis alert system at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2016 was associated with lower odds of death, shorter hospital stays and increased odds of receiving timely antibiotics.

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