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Journal Article

Reductions in sepsis mortality and costs after design and implementation of a nurse-based early recognition and response program.

Jones SL, Ashton CM, Kiehne L, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2015;41:483-91.

A protocolized early warning system to improve sepsis recognition and management was associated with a decrease in sepsis-related inpatient mortality. The protocol emphasized early recognition by nurses and escalation of care by a nurse practitioner when indicated. An AHRQ WebM&M commentary describes common errors in the early management of sepsis.