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Journal Article > Commentary
Ruppel H, Liu V. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;28:693-696.
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.
Journal Article > Study
Readmission after delayed diagnosis of surgical site infection: a focus on prevention using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Gibson A, Tevis S, Kennedy G. Am J Surg. 2014;207:832-839.
The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) was developed to monitor and enhance the quality of surgical care. This retrospective study used the NSQIP indicators to identify cases of surgical site infections. Researchers found that nearly 50% of patients were diagnosed following hospital discharge, and many of these infections led to readmissions. Patients who presented with a surgical site infection after discharge were less likely to smoke or have chronic cardiopulmonary illness. The authors suggest that closer postdischarge follow-up might have prevented some readmissions they identified. However, prior studies did not show a benefit to early follow-up. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary discussed environmental safety in the operating room and its relationship to surgical site infections.