Uscom Limited Protocol Slashed Sepsis Deaths: Study
Published: Jan 23, 2013
A hospital protocol for treating sepsis using Uscom (ASX:UCM) diagnostics technology reduced mortality related to the condition at a Bathurst hospital by 94%, an independent study shows. The six-year study by Charles Sturt University's Brendan Smith shows that the Bathurst Uscom Hemodynamic (BUSH) protocol also reduced renal failure among sepsis patients to 14% from 74%. The protocol, which was introduced at Bathurst Base Hospital in 2007, combines administration of antibiotics with personalised cardiovascular resuscitation directed by hemodynamics from Uscom technology. The report concludes that if success with the protocol was replicated Australia-wide, it would have saved 8,237 lives and over $1 billion over the six-year period. “These results demonstrate a potential new gold standard for the management of sepsis and we are now looking to share our experience and improve care in Australia and worldwide,” said Smith.