Imperial College Health Partners, Oxford AHSN, patient safety measurement unit: Evaluating sepsis improvement programmes: the suspicion of sepsis insights dashboard

Lack of a gold standard diagnostic test or stable definition has hampered improvement in sepsis identification and care, and made it hard to measure progress. The Suspicion of Sepsis concept has helped to change that and has developed into a national dashboard.

Work focused on validating the SOS tool through academic papers, research into death certifications and using the hospital episode statistics database. SOS has been presented at key national meetings and has been widely adopted to measure and show improvement in outcomes in sepsis patients.

The development of this initiative has involved many clinicians in primary, secondary and tertiary care, as well as national bodies and academics. It is being used to define the at-risk infection population, and is being used to define sepsis, test biomarkers and identify high risk signals using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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