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PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) and Senators Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) and Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), Senate Resolution 422 and House Resolution 1085 highlights that more than 1.7 million people are diagnosed with sepsis in the United States each year and that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, as more people are dying from sepsis than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined; and sepsis claims more than 270,000 lives annually. It also states that health care professionals are combating sepsis through early detection, best practices, new initiatives, comprehensive education, and defined data and analytics.

HAP applauds the Pennsylvania Legislature for their unanimous recognition of the importance that patients and the community better understand this medical emergency, learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and know the importance of immediate medical attention.

Earlier this month, approximately 200 physicians, nurses, and sepsis team members from across the state attended HAP’s second annual sepsis conference for a day of presentations and discussions about the latest research and collaborative solutions to prevent, detect, and treat sepsis.

Through HAP’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN 2.0), HAP and participating Pennsylvania hospitals worked collaboratively since 2015 to prevent sepsis after surgery and sepsis mortality, using the latest approaches and new tactics. HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) hospitals continue work to decrease severe sepsis and septic shock mortality, prevent post-operative sepsis, lower readmissions following a sepsis discharge, and improve sepsis recognition for pediatric sepsis patients in emergency rooms.

During last year’s sepsis conference, HAP launched ExSEPSIS—Exiting with Excellent Care!—an initiative to promote collaborative hospital work to reduce readmission following a sepsis discharge. ExSEPSIS teaches hospitals how to formulate a plan to prevent sepsis readmissions.

For more information about ExSEPSIS, contact Maggie Miller, HAP’s sepsis project manager, quality initiatives.

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