Sepsis is steadily rising as one of the leading health concerns in our country due to the high risk of mortality and morbidity. Based on the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state of Texas, in 2018, had over 4,000 mortalities due to sepsis. Texas was ranked fifth in the nation for the highest sepsis mortality rate (Stats of the States - Septicemia Mortality, 2020). Anyone can develop an infection which can lead to sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock. Those at highest risk are infants, immunocompromised, advanced age, and those with chronic conditions (Sepsis Alliance, 2020). The risk of mortality is higher when a patient develops sepsis while on a general medical floor compared to a patient who presents to the Emergency Department with sepsis (O’Shaughnessy et al, 2017). Proposed is re-education of the nursing staff on timely and frequent assessments for potential sepsis through the use of the Sepsis Prevention and Optimization Tool (SPOT). Evaluation of the effectiveness will be measure by the number of sepsis patients identified and SEP-1 core measure compliance. For nurses working in an acute care hospital setting (P), how effective is an automated sepsis alert (I) compared to the standard of care (C) for timely sepsis identification and quality of care (O) during a three-month period (T)?

Date of publication

Fall 12-10-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Nursing Administration

Capstone Final PP LNormand.pdf (430 kB)
Sepsis Alert Benchmark PowerPoint

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Nursing Commons