Colleagues,

 

This month is Sepsis Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of the leading cause of hospital death in the U.S. The Sepsis Alliance estimates that as many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid evaluations and treatment.

 

Teams at Beaumont have been making strides in sepsis care and prevention including reducing the number of sepsis orders sets, while providing everything physicians need to treat sepsis quickly. The Sepsis Best Practice Advisory now launches to physicians and nurses to alert the care team when a patient triggers for sepsis. The sepsis coordinators also created a navigator for physicians and a narrator for nurses, which includes a sepsis checklist.

 

In the community, leads at each site plan community events like Walk with a Nurse at Beaumont, Wayne, where a team meets the community in a local park to educate on sepsis. Other sites like Beaumont, Dearborn and Farmington Hills host a photo challenge, flooding pictures on social media of their work raising awareness of sepsis.

 

Please review this educational sepsis flyer with your patients. For more information, please visit beaumont.org/sepsis or see the Sepsis Navigator Provider Guide with the Sepsis BPA and checklist.

 

This week, I would also like to share the following:

 

  • Beaumont expands robotic surgery program
  • Neurology for the PCP conference – Friday, Oct. 28
  • Antimicrobial use for inpatients
  • Chronic Disease & Prevention programs for your patients
  • Documentation Tip of the Week: Myocardial Infarction Type 2

 

A new fleet of robots is in place at Beaumont, expanding the robotic surgery program by nearly 50% to dramatically increase your ability to provide an advanced, minimally invasive option for more patients at Beaumont. Our organization now has 24 da Vinci robotic surgical systems spread throughout the division, with the recent installation of seven additional robots. The expansion means experienced Beaumont robotic surgeons and their teams will have the capacity to treat an additional 2,200 patients with minimally invasive robotic surgery at Beaumont. For more information, please read the full announcement.

 

Both the CDC and the Joint Commission recommend that antimicrobial agents contain an indication for use. Understanding why a physician has prescribed an antimicrobial for a patient, that is, the indication is helpful not only to nurses and pharmacists, but it is also central to guideline adherence and appropriate antibiotic agent use. Currently, only limited antimicrobials require an indication for inpatient use, primarily ID restricted agents and fluoroquinolones. However, on Sept. 13, indications were expanded to most antimicrobials upon Epic/oneChart order entry for inpatients. Please see a few screenshots here, including antibiotics, antifungal, antiviral and more.

 

On Friday, Oct. 28, Beaumont will host the Neurology for the PCP conference to help PCPs identify neurological symptoms and treatment options. During the conference, participants will learn how to identify signs and symptoms associated with specific neurologic disorders, explain treatment options for patients, describe follow-up recommendations and more. This is your chance to hear from 13 Beaumont experts on topics like pain, concussion and headache management as well as movement disorders and stroke. View the conference brochure here. To register, visit the conference website.

 

Did you know Community Health hosts regular educational sessions for your patients? Topics range from hypertension self-management to chronic pain. Please share the class flyers below with your patients:

 

 

Until next week,

 

 
 

Documentation Tip of the Week: Myocardial Infarction Type 2

 

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