About Erkan Hassan, PharmD

Erkan has over 20 years’ experience solving clinical challenges and improving patient-centered outcomes by using evidence-based clinical data to create innovative, intelligent healthcare systems. This consists of proactive clinical surveillance, streamlining workflows, measuring and reporting outcomes.

Potential Value of Point-of-Care Testing in Improving Outpatient Sepsis

By |2022-07-14T08:18:22+00:00July 14th, 2022|Sepsis|

Potential Value of Point-of-Care Testing in Improving Outpatient Sepsis BACKGROUND General practitioners are typically the first health care provider assessing patients with acute infections. This applies to sepsis cases as well Most sepsis cases begin outside the hospital: 75% of all sepsis patients admitted to the hospital were at home 4

3 Greatest Barriers and Approaches to Sepsis Program Implementations

By |2022-06-14T10:03:17+00:00June 13th, 2022|Sepsis|

3 Greatest Barriers and Approaches to Sepsis Program Implementations SUMMARY Implementation of an effective sepsis program is both time consuming and complicated. Each institution poses its own unique challenges. Despite this wide heterogeneity, 3 major common themes are the cause of much difficulty and confusion. The key to success in sepsis program

Is Time to Antibiotics a Good Metric for Sepsis?

By |2022-05-23T08:55:15+00:00May 23rd, 2022|Sepsis|

Is Time to Antibiotics a Good Metric for Sepsis? SUMMARY Optimal antibiotic timing remains an actively debated topic. Sepsis is an extremely heterogeneous syndrome, therefore, with which characteristics do earlier antibiotic administration improve outcomes? A more nuanced process may be needed, rather than simply time to antibiotics.

Diagnostic Challenges in Sepsis

By |2022-05-03T10:04:18+00:00April 18th, 2022|Sepsis|

Diagnostic Challenges in Sepsis SUMMARY There remains no single tool to reliably identify sepsis. A variety of approaches exist as well as on the horizon in order to identify infection and sepsis. Identification must bridge the identification of infection with clinical assessment of the sepsis syndrome. BACKGROUND

Is a Modified quick SOFA Score the Next Big Thing?

By |2022-03-28T11:53:30+00:00March 28th, 2022|Sepsis|

Two Standards of Sepsis Care - The Nighttime Effect SUMMARYQuick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) has not provided the high predictive performance initially proposed.Modifications to qSOFA has been investigated as a way to improve performance, especially in the Emergency Department (ED).These simple modifications improve qSOFA, but greater analysis is needed to

Two Standards of Sepsis Care
The Nighttime Effect

By |2022-03-09T06:38:09+00:00March 7th, 2022|Sepsis|

Two Standards of Sepsis Care - The Nighttime Effect SUMMARY Services in most hospitals differ between day & night or weekend shifts. With clinical staff and hospital resources typically diminished during "off hours", there is increased risk of varying diagnosis, treatments and outcomes of various time sensitive conditions. Limited data indicates, sepsis

Sepsis on the Basis of Suspicion of Infection

By |2022-02-15T07:57:11+00:00February 14th, 2022|Sepsis|

Sepsis on the Basis of Suspicion of Infection SUMMARY A suspected or documented infection is required for the diagnosis of sepsis. The lack of a “gold standard” for sepsis diagnosis coupled with the delay of culture results increases the likelihood of including patients in the sepsis management pathway who do not actually

Changes in Sepsis Trends: Real or Artificial

By |2022-02-15T07:40:32+00:00January 31st, 2022|Sepsis|

Changes in Sepsis Trends: Real or Artificial? SUMMARY Recent reports indicate a significant increase in the incidence of sepsis with a concomitant drop in mortality. Controversy exists over the true degree of change based on changing definitions and coding practices. Direct clinical indicators of infection and organ dysfunction are preferred

Use of Steroids in Sepsis

By |2022-01-11T10:32:24+00:00January 11th, 2022|Sepsis|

Use of Steroids in Sepsis SUMMARY The use of corticosteroids in sepsis has been recommended on and off for over 40 years. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines previously (2016) did not support steroid use in patients with sepsis, however, the current (2021) recommendation the use of steroids in certain septic shock

3 Major Lactate Considerations in Sepsis

By |2021-11-23T07:14:43+00:00November 23rd, 2021|Sepsis|

3 Major Lactate Considerations in Sepsis SUMMARY Serum lactate measurements have been part of the sepsis bundles since the beginning. The recommendation to use and follow serum lactate concentrations are based on weak and low-quality evidence. Changes in serum lactate concentrations are not solely reflective of changes in production but also based

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