Sepsis is the cause of approximately 50% of all deaths in intensive care units. The early diagnosis of sepsis and implementation of a timely and appropriate management plan have been shown to be crucial in providing high-quality care.
Sepsis, in addition to acute myocardial infarction and strokes, is a common scenario in which the time between initial onset and the start of an effective course of treatment is key to providing better quality care to patients. In this regard, the health professionals that make first contact with the patients are responsible for early recognition, even when clinical symptoms may not be particularly evident, and for activating the institutional code to draw sufficient attention to the case. They are also often responsible for the initial management of the patient (cultures, correct antibiotics, source control), which may have a significant impact on the progress and outcome of the patient in the short and medium term.