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Florida Hospital Volusia-Flagler Uses Technology to Fight Sepsis

VOLUSIA/FLAGLER COUNTIES – Sepsis is a life-threatening disease that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissue and organs.  It affects nearly 750,000 Americans each year, and every case of sepsis adds significant cost and days to hospital length of stay.

Now, the five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have a Sepsis Alert which provides early detection of potentially septic patients by continuously monitoring key electronic medical record (EMR) clinical data for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and organ dysfunction patterns. Within the EMR, the data is collected, extracted and analyzed for potential risk, and if a risk is identified, an alert notifies the clinician to perform additional tests.

“Recognition of potentially septic patterns within the first few hours of their appearance is vital to the survival of the patient. Since the signs can be subtle, automated monitoring of key elements can help identify problems hours earlier,” said Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler CEO. 

The Sepsis Alert, used in the Emergency Department and on inpatient units, will put an alert on the patient’s chart if the patient shows three signs of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) or two signs of SIRS plus one sign of organ dysfunction.

In addition to finding sepsis early, other benefits of the alert include notifying clinicians to other serious conditions.

“The Sepsis Alert is a great example of how utilizing electronic medical records can improve patient safety and benefit both patients and clinicians,” said Tol.

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.