Hey Alexis, we use the St. John's Sepsis Alert here at the University of
Tennessee Medical Center.
We require the nurse to contact their Clinical Nurse Specialist or Clinical
Nurse Educator immediately when an alert has fired. The nurse and specialist
will decide whether or not to notify a provider. (our policy is to always
notify a provider unless an erroneous value was accidentally entered or if the
patient should have had a "snooze" for the alert). We do not allow any actions
to be done just from an alert being fired, but we are a large teaching
facility: our "alert-to-orders" times are short because of easy accessibility
I am required to track all alerts and actions performed due to the alert
(highly recommend this!).
Chadrick Sims, BSN, RN, CFRN, SCRN
Sepsis and Rescue Coordinator
UT Medical Center
Fax: (865) 305-6544
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