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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation. This study found that a rapid completion of a three-hour bundle, including antibiotic administration, lowers risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality.

This study aligns with Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) data which has shown a 29percent reduction of severe sepsis and septic shock mortality across the state (2010-quarter 3, 2016). The Pennsylvania health care community continues to lead in sepsis care. In October 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health held an event titled; Stopping Sepsis Savings Lives in Pennsylvania. This event brought physician leaders from among hospitals to review treatment options, hold discussions, and provided education on the latest sepsis treatments.

 HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contains an adult severe sepsis and septic shock initiative focusing on compliance with the CMS SEP-1 early management bundle to decrease sepsis mortality. This initiative includes sharing best practices, hospital networking, sepsis physician champion office hours and on-site hospital visits, educational webinars, and dedicated project managers and analysts.

During HAP’s previous quality improvement initiative, the cohort of hospitals focusing on sepsis achieved a 36% reduction in sepsis mortality.  

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