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PfP – NCD Pacing Event: Improving Outcomes Related to Sepsis

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Thursday, April 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 4/5 Pacing Event: “Improving Sepsis Outcomes: A Hospital-level Success Story”

While efforts to date in improving awareness of sepsis and its impact have been significant, sepsis mortality continues to be a concern, and certainly outcomes can be improved through early recognition and treatment initiation. This Pacing Event shared an example of one hospital’s success at improving sepsis outcomes through the use of data to assist with early diagnosis and decline in diagnosed patients, as well work to improve sepsis mortality associated with transferred patients.

To share and discuss these examples and their results, the session featured presentations from:

  • Kencee Graves, MD, a hospitalist and assistant professor at University of Utah Health (Vizient HIIN), who presented the work that she and Dr. Devin Horton led to design and implement a “modified early warning system” that creates an alert in their EHR to help clinicians better recognize sepsis and impact outcomes, as well as work to identify and address the impact of transfers to the hospital on sepsis mortality; and
  • Thomas Heymann, MBA, President and Executive Director of the Sepsis Alliance, who reflected on the hospital story, as well as shared updates on the Sepsis Alliance’s efforts to improve sepsis education and awareness. Many resources are available at the Sepsis Alliance website: https://www.sepsis.org/. These resources include training materials, assistance with building knowledge and community awareness and powerful stories of survivors of sepsis to name just a few.

In addition, HIINs engaged in discussion around best practices for improving sepsis outcomes, such as strategies for the early identification of sepsis and supporting safe transfers between facilities to optimize sepsis outcomes.

To view and download slides and recording from this Pacing Event, click here.

4/5 Pacing Event on improving sepsis outcomes:  Kencee Graves, MD, from the University of Utah Health, shared the physician sepsis knowledge assessment that she and Devin Horton, MD, administered to identify knowledge gaps related to sepsis identification and treatment. This resource is available on the CoP with other materials from the event, here.  

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