A tool developed by Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which aims to save lives by making it easier to spot the signs of sepsis, has won a national patient safety award.

The Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Insights dashboard took the Best Emerging Solution prize at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

It was developed by Imperial College Health Partners and the Patient Safety Measurement Unit, building on initial work by the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative on a methodology for measuring sepsis. For the first time it enables reliable data to be harnessed to monitor and assess the impact of interventions on deteriorating patients with SOS.

It was the second year running that the Oxford AHSN picked up one of the top prizes at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards. In 2018 the Good Hydration! initiative to reduce urinary tract infections in care homes won the Quality Improvement Initiative of the year award.

Other winners at the 2019 HSJ Patient Safety Awards included Maternity and Midwifery Services Initiative of the Year – Reducing cerebral palsy in very premature babies through use of magnesium sulphate (PReCePT). This national programme initiated by the West of England AHSN is now supported by all AHSNs.

The East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by East Midlands AHSN, won the Patient Safety Education and Training Award for their LPZ – Care Homes Harms Prevalence Audit Tool and QI Programme. This scheme has used the LPZ audit tool to improve the quality of care around pressure ulcers, nutrition, falls, continence, pain management and restraint for residents in care homes.

Source: Oxford Academic Health Science Network