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Are GPs suffering from ‘sepsis fatigue’?


The problem is that the authors of the 2015 report DID have difficulty in distinguishing between sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock, but GPs generally DID NOT. A change to GP practice was not needed, but a change to how the study authors read the notes and interpreted the signs would have saved a huge amount of money, and possibly some lives. GPs are far better at this than IT systems because we have been trained to use our brains critically. Even my receptionists can diagnose the unwell at first glance better than my computer can classify them, and better than the local hospital can communicate them. A big problem is getting the IT system to record what is useful, rather than what it wants to. How about a moratorium on alerts for interactions between antihypertensives when the patient is already on 3 and we try to add a 4th to control the BP?

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25 Oct 2017

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