Penn Presbyterian creates 'escape room' for training staff to treat sepsis

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Penn Presbyterian creates 'escape room' for training staff to treat sepsis - Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on September 13, 2018.

A local hospital is using a lighter approach to educate staff on a critical problem.

Nurses and doctors at Penn Presbyterian had to solve clues, just like an escape room game, to properly diagnose and treat a mock patient with sepsis - a life-threatening response to an infection.

And to save him, they had an hour to complete all the tasks.

A nurse developed the exercise to make colleagues more aware of how to detect and treat sepsis.

"This way it was more interactive, more hands-on, and people would retain knowledge about sepsis," said Lauren McPeake, R.N.

"Sepsis is the leading cause of in-hospital deaths, both here at Penn and across the nation," said Dr. Sean Foster.

And some of the equipment in the room was just used as a decoy - trying to make staffers more attentive and think as they would have to in a real-life situation.

No doubt this will help them and their patients in the future.

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