COLUMBUS – The Columbus Community Hospital has implemented a new piece of technology, designed to aid in detecting the warning signs of sepsis.
The technology is called InSight, and was developed by Silicon Valley-based company Dascena. InSight is an algorithm which predicts the onset of sepsis, using only patient vital signs available in the hospital’s electronic records, improving the detection of sepsis and the timing of treatment administration.
Sepsis is an inflammatory response that the body has in the setting of an infection. Sepsis is one of the leading causes of mortality in the United States, and the hope is that the InSight program aids the hospital in detecting sepsis at an early stage, so that treatment can be administered.
CCH Chief Nursing Officer Dorothy Bybee says that the program was installed a couple of months ago, and has already administered seven or eight alerts for patients who show signs of sepsis. Hospital staff are still fine-tuning the program, but are very excited about the potential of early recognition of sepsis.