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Putnam Hospital Center Shrinks Sepsis Mortality

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. The chance of sepsis mortality increases 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed, but sepsis deaths are preventable with rapid diagnosis and treatment. Aiming to shrink sepsis mortality, a multidisciplinary team at Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) initiated best practices and interventions focusing on education, early recognition, and prompt intervention.

A screening tool was developed and incorporated into the electronic medical record to aid identification and quick treatment of patients who show up at the hospital with signs of sepsis. When a screening indicates sepsis, a “Code Sepsis” emergency is broadcasted. Patients are immediately seen by PHC’s sepsis team. Additionally, a “Code Sepsis Kit” was assembled, including single doses of antibiotics and recommended treatments. Kits are kept at bedsides to ensure rapid treatment and avoid delays associated with medication unavailability.

Through their efforts, Putnam Hospital Center decreased sepsis mortalities by 62%. Their sepsis treatment three-hour bundle adherence score percentile increased from 47th in 2015 to 91st in 2016 and their six-hour bundle adherence score percentile increased from 61st in 2015 to 98th in 2016.

For more information, contact Tyra Thompson, BSN, CPHQ, CSSGB, Internal Managing Consultant, Health Quest, at (845) 475-9910 or at tniles@health-quest.org.