Cross-sectional study on emergency department management of sepsis
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AbstractIntroduction: Emergency departments (EDs) play an important role in the early identification and management of sepsis. Little is known about local EDs' processes of care for sepsis, adoption of international recommendations, and the impact of the new Sepsis-3 definitions.

Methods: Structured telephone interviews based on the United Kingdom Sepsis Trust 'Exemplar Standards for the Emergency Management of Sepsis' were conducted from January to August 2017 with nominated representatives of all responding public hospital EDs in Hong Kong, followed by a review of hospital/departmental sepsis guidelines by the investigators.

Results: Sixteen of the 18 public EDs in Hong Kong participated in the study. Among various time-critical medical emergencies such as major trauma, sepsis was perceived by the interviewees to be the leading cause of in-hospital mortality and the second most important preventable cause of death. However, only seven EDs reported having departmental guidelines on sepsis care, with four adopting the Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score or its modified versions. All responding EDs reported that antibiotics were stocked within their departments, and all EDs with sepsis guidelines mandated early intravenous antibiotic administration within 1 to 2 hours of detection. Reported major barriers to optimal sepsis care included lack of knowledge and experience, nursing human resources shortages, and difficulty identifying patients with sepsis in the ED setting.

Conclusion: There are considerable variations in sepsis care among EDs in Hong Kong. More training, resources, and research efforts should be directed to early ED sepsis care, to improve patient outcomes.
Acceptance Date01/06/2018
All Author(s) ListKevin KC Hung, Rex PK Lam, Ronson SL Lo, Justin W Tenney, Marc LC Yang, Marcus CK Tai, Colin A Graham
Journal nameHong Kong Medical Journal
Year2018
Month12
Volume Number24
Issue Number6
Pages571 - 578
ISSN1024-2708
eISSN2226-8707
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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