New Nurses Specialize in Sepsis; Pet Therapy Works, but Follow the Guidelines
These nurses have a singular focus: Sepsis
Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News describes “a new breed of nurses” like those at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., whose exclusive responsibility is to care for patients with sepsis. Spotlighting one such nurse, Gorman writes, “She has a clear mission: identify and treat those patients quickly to minimize their chance of death. [She] administers antibiotics, draws blood for testing, gives fluids and closely monitors her charges — on a very tight timetable.” Every American hospital has programs to target sepsis, but some experts say more should consider specifically designating sepsis nurses and coordinators like the ones at St. Joseph.