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Saratoga Hospital fights sepsis mortality

Early signs of sepsis are difficult to identify and usually begin in patients before arriving at the hospital. This is especially problematic as early detection and aggressive treatment are essential to fighting sepsis mortality. To combat sepsis, Saratoga Hospital began an internal awareness campaign that has matured into a comprehensive, collaborative and structured program.

The initiative focuses on saving lives, improving the health and experience of patients and the community, along with meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements. To accomplish this, Saratoga Hospital developed innovative technologies to improve timeliness of recognition and treatment, expanded community outreach and engagement. Using a team-based, structured approach while leveraging the organizational culture, leadership support and technology, Saratoga Hospital achieved improvement in key outcome metrics. This organization-wide effort encompassed all professions, staff, units, departments and leaders. The program has expanded to include the post-acute ambulatory setting, community nursing homes, patients and families.

In New York state and nationwide, Saratoga Hospital achieved performance in the top 10% on compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ sepsis care recommendations. Its 30-day readmissions for severe sepsis improved 60% and 30-day mortality for severe sepsis improved 43%.

Saratoga Hospital was recognized with HANYS’ 2019 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for this successful program. Watch our video for a more in-depth look at Saratoga Hospital’s initiative and its results.

For more information, contact Anna Gaeta, RN, BSN, MS, CPHQ, CPPS, associate vice president, quality, at (518) 580-2665 or agaeta@saratogahospital.org.