Emergency Department Nursing Triage Education on Self Reported Competence of Sepsis: A Pilot Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) have reported an increase in sepsis prevalence from 621,000 in the year 2000, to 1,141,000 in 2008. Of this number, between 28% and 50% of those people diagnosed with sepsis will die. The emergency department is responsible for approximately one third of sepsis diagnoses in The United States. The Emergency Nursing Association and The Surviving Sepsis Campaign have proposed the need for sepsis education of staff within the Emergency Department. Nursing staff education focusing on early recognition and treatment of sepsis will improves patient outcomes and will have positive implications for hospital organizations. The purpose of this project is to address sepsis recognition within the Emergency Department(ED) and the nursing triage process. This project is relevant to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Emergency Nurses Association's national and international goals to reduce morbidity and mortality related to sepsis. The primary aim of this study is to examine patient outcomes as they relate to nurse self-reported competencies regarding sepsis. A second aim is to evaluate the effect of Emergency Department staff self-reported competence levels on the outcomes of interest.