How can you quickly recognize sepsis?

By: Allison Hydzik

UntitledUPMC and Pitt Health Sciences doctors were instrumental to an international team writing a new definition for sepsis, the leading killer of hospitalized patients. But how can clinicians use the definition to improve patient care and save lives?

Christopher Seymour, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor in Pitt’s departments of Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine, directed the creation of an infographic and animated video to help physicians everywhere put words into action.

Called qSOFA (quick Sepsis-related Organ Failure Assessment), the prompt incorporates more nearly a million electronic health record encounters at 177 hospitals worldwide so doctors can be assured that it’s been vetted and works.

Click on the picture above to learn more about qSOFA.