Laboratory Test and New Sepsis Alert System at Methodist North Hospital Saves Lives, Reduces Costs

New diagnostic protocols that use lactic acid test cut deaths from sepsis

Laboratory testing plays a key role in a new diagnostic protocol for sepsis that is saving lives at hospitals operated by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Tennessee. Since implementation of this new sepsis protocol, patient outcomes have improved significantly.

Leadership at Methodist North Hospital (MNH) decided to adopt the protocol after reading a study by Emanuel Rivers, M.D., Ph.D., of Henry Ford Medical Center, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,  that establishes criteria for identifying these patients.