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NCD Pacing Event: Approaches and Tools for Improving Sepsis-Related Readmissions Outcomes

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Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 9/27 Pacing Event: “Approaches and Tools for Improving Sepsis-Related Readmissions Outcomes”

As HIINs and hospitals continue to seek to drive improvements in readmissions reductions, this Pacing Event explored a specific contributor to readmissions: sepsis-related readmissions. This session focused on two HIIN-driven efforts to identify and address the causes of sepsis-related readmissions. This session described these patient-focused efforts, the specific interventions used, and their results. In addition, the presenters shared tools and resources developed through these efforts – including a copy of a Readmissions Interview Tool, adapted for patients previously admitted with sepsis, which was recently developed and piloted through a joint project of the HIIN-led Sepsis and Readmissions Affinity Groups. Please download a copy of the tool here.

Specifically, the session included presentation from:

  • Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ, (New Jersey HIIN) and Lynette Mancuso, MS, RN (HANYS HIIN), two of the leads for the Sepsis and Readmissions Affinity Groups’ joint workgroup, who discussed the workgroup’s project to develop and implement a patient interview tool;
  • Maggie Miller, BS, MT(ASCP)M, CIC, FAPIC, and Sandra Abnett BS, CPHQ (Hospital and Healthsystem of PA HIIN), who discussed the ExSEPSIS program, its approach and tools, and preliminary findings; and
  • Jill Blake, a sepsis survivor, patient advocate, and a 2018 Sepsis Hero for the Sepsis Alliance, who engaged in an interview with Brenda Downs (Dignity HIIN and co-lead of the Sepsis and Readmissions Affinity Groups’ joint workgroup).

In addition, we were joined by Christa Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, from Cooper University Hospital and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, who applied her national-level perspective on this topic to share her reactions to the presented efforts and thoughts about next steps.

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).

To view and download slides from this Pacing Event, and the Readmissions Interview Tool, click here.

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