NHS adopts digital alert technology to detect sepsis

20 August 2019 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2019 08:47)

The National Health Service (NHS) has stated that the deployment of a new ‘alert and action’ technology, which uses algorithms to detect sepsis by reading patients’ vitals and alerting the medics about the condition, has saved hundreds of lives in the UK.

The National Health Service (NHS) has stated that the deployment of a new ‘alert and action’ technology, which uses algorithms to detect sepsis by reading patients’ vitals and alerting the medics about the condition, has saved hundreds of lives in the UK.

The digital alert technology was adopted by three hospitals in England to identify the onset of sepsis.

NHS plans for a wider roll out under the NHS Long Term Plan.

Blood poisoning or sepsis is a fatal condition that can lead to multiple organ damage.

According to a data collected by a safety expert of Imperial College London in 2018, sepsis deaths in UK hospitals have increased by over a third in two years.

The technology was trialled at hospitals in Cambridge, Liverpool and Berkshire. The technology helped in reducing in the number of deaths from sepsis, while screening rates have increased, reported The Guardian.

At the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University hospitals NHS trust, it is estimated that up to 200 lives of patients have been saved annually. It has been observed that deaths from septic shock in patients under the age of 45 decreased from six in ten patients to less than one in ten.

NHS England and NHS Improvement medical director for clinical effectiveness Celia Ingham Clark said: “Sepsis is an extremely serious condition, but as part of the NHS Long Term Plan we have made huge improvements in spotting and treating it quickly, with more than nine in 10 people getting the checks they need.”

Earlier this year, NHS England had issued new guidelines for hospitals to reduce deaths due to sepsis.