Nurses and doctors are now better able to "identify and reduce preventable harm" to patients with severe infection and sepsis (blood poisoning), thanks to new phone apps and innovative programs put into effect by frontline clinicians.
Seriously ill NSW patients are being "better monitored and more effectively treated" with the aid of these tools, launched on September 13.
"These are the kind of welcome initiatives that arise from our encouraging ideas from front-line staff in a devolved health system," said Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
"A phone app developed by the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, and launched today to mark World Sepsis Day, will help doctors and nurses with early recognition and prompt treatment of at-risk patients."
Sepsis affects many Australians – with around 6,000 lives lost each year – causing more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined.
This illness is when the body has a severe response to infection, injuring its own organs and tissues, which leads to shock and then multiple organ failure and death.
"Our health staff are among the best in the world and this app will be a great tool for doctors and nurses to aid in their delivery of quality care to NSW patients,"Mrs Skinner said.
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