Well-trained nurses and guideline compliance are critical factors in any clinical routine, but especially important when hematology-oncology patients develop septic crises. In neutropenic patients, one of the first signs of sepsis is elevated temperature. Fast action is required at fever onset. Timely administration of antibiotics is critical to many variables on ICUs like reduced complications, hospital stay and improved survival. A recent study on sepsis management is proving how nurse-led sepsis management may prevent septic complications and improve survival.
Sepsis severity also affects selenium status. High-dose sodium selenite administered in time can correct selenium deficiency and improve ICU outcomes. Data is still being collected, but evidence is suggesting that decisions to initiate therapy on ICUs can be transferred to nurses for effective management.
To keep informed about effective sepsis management in hematology/oncology, please read biosyn’s informative brochure: Selenium deficiency and intensive care patients (PDF)