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To address a well-documented hospital adverse outcome (in-hospital patient clinical deterioration), Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) developed and implemented the Advance Alert Monitor (AAM) program. Using predictive analytics, the team developed a model to alert clinicians up to 12 hours prior to a patient’s likely deterioration. This early detection allowed clinicians to devise and implement a care plan to prevent deterioration of the patient’s condition and/or align the care plan with the goals of the patient.
Seeking a sustainable process to enhance their hospitals’ response to sepsis, a multidisciplinary team at WellSpan Health oversaw the development and implementation of a system that uses customized electronic health record (EHR) alert settings and a team of remote nurses to help frontline staff identify and respond to patients showing signs of sepsis. When the remote nurses, or Central Alerts Team (CAT), receive an alert, they assess the patient’s information and collaborate with the clinical care team to recommend a response.
Rapid response teams are intended to improve timely identification and management of clinically deteriorating patients, such as in-hospital cardiac arrest or stroke.