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To catch a killer: electronic sepsis alert tools reaching a fever pitch?

Ruppel H, Liu V. To catch a killer: electronic sepsis alert tools reaching a fever pitch? BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;28(9):693-696. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009463.

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August 28, 2019
Ruppel H, Liu V. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;28(9):693-696.

Auditory warnings to flag patients at risk for sepsis can have unintended consequences, such as alert fatigue or distraction. Although heightened awareness of sepsis is crucial due to its potential for harm, the authors call for rigorous study and testing of these systems to reduce their negative effects. They highlight how recently published negative results illustrate the importance of designing sepsis alerting functions that are safe and effective. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a misdiagnosis of sepsis.

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Ruppel H, Liu V. To catch a killer: electronic sepsis alert tools reaching a fever pitch? BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;28(9):693-696. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009463.

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