Sepsis Fast Track: A Serious Game for Medical Decision Making

  • Claudia Ribeiro
  • Micaela Monteiro
  • João Madeiras Pereira
  • Tiago Antunes
  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8778)


Severe sepsis and sepsis shock are major healthcare problems, affecting millions of people around the world. In order to undermine its potential threat and effect on patients, a medical decision protocol based on evidence was developed to help healthcare professionals to both identify as well as treat these patients in a timely manner. Keeping updated with the algorithm guidelines implies healthcare professionals attending workshop classes, which further complicates the management of resources in an Emergency Department. In this paper we describe the Sepsis Fast Track serious game aimed at teaching healthcare professionals the Sepsis Fast Track guidelines. A set of game mechanics where proposed and developed in order to integrate the guidelines pedagogical goals in the sepsis fast track serious game’s gameplay cycle. A case study was conducted in order to validate if these mechanics are appropriate to both teach and refresh healthcare professionals’ knowledge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Ribeiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Micaela Monteiro
    • 3
  • João Madeiras Pereira
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tiago Antunes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
    • 4
  1. 1.INESC-IDLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade Técnica de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Serviço de Urgência Geral Centro Hospitalar Lisboa OcidentalLisbonPortugal
  4. 4.Bremer Institut für Produktion und LogistikBremenGermany

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