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Doctor this patient is really sick! Early Detection
of the Sepsis Patient.


Barbara A. McLean 

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Sepsis and the deteriorating patient present a clinical conundrum for early identification and intervention in and out of the ICU. Utilizing a modified early warning score (MEWS) and sepsis alerts can fast track recognition and preventative therapies. Admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) from the wards have a higher mortality when compared to patients admitted from the emergency department. Failure to appreciate physiological derangements of breathing and mental status may lead to significant deterioration. The modified early warning score (MEWS) is a very useful tool for identifying hospitalized patients in need of a higher level of care and those at risk of in-hospital death. 


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to: 

  1. Identify the signs of sepsis and deterioration

  2. Recognize the role of early intervention and modified  early warning scores

  3. Apply information in a case study

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