Improving Suspicion of Hyperammonemia among patients in healthcare settings

Today, hospitals are working to improve healthcare quality by implementing processes to increase adherence to treatment protocols and improve patient outcomes. Read below to learn about an electronic medical record (EMR)-based tool to help clinicians recognize, diagnose, and treat hyperammonemia.

EMR alerts for infants with signs of hyperammonemia: A retrospective analysis

Physicians at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) retrospectively examined medical records of hyperammonemic infants to identify patterns of care, with the goal of identifying barriers to prompt detection of hyperammonemia. This information was used to create an electronic medical record (EMR)-based tool to prompt physicians to evaluate ammonia after ordering blood gas studies. Use of the tool could have accelerated the initial ammonia order in 89% of cases and may also have identified infants whose hyperammonemia was never detected.  Proper implementation of the tool could decrease the time to identification of hyperammonemia in affected infants, which may facilitate faster initiation of therapy and improved outcomes.

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