Craig Umscheid - New UPHS Predictive Tool for Sepsis

Craig Umscheid - New UPHS Predictive Tool for Sepsis

A Electronic Health Record-Based Early Warning System

An article in the journal ICU Management, spotlights Craig Umscheid's role in the development of an electronic health record-based early warning and response system (EWRS) for sepsis among new hospital admissions.

Umscheid, MD, MSCE, is Co-director of Penn's Center for Evidence-Based Practice, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of
Craig Umscheid
Craig Umscheid, MD, MSCE

Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI).

Predictive system
Umscheid and his team integrated the automated predictive system into the electronic medical records of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and put it into live practice with incoming patients.

A study found that it lowered sepsis mortality rates and increased the number of patients successfully discharged home.

In the ICU Management interview, Umscheid said the same system may help identify newly arrived patients who are appropriate candidates for the ICU admission.

"The mortality of those patients flagged and transferred (during the study) to the ICU was much higher than those that were not," he said. "This suggests this tool could have a purpose beyond what was originally planned... but we haven’t used it in that capacity yet."