Written by David McVeigh, Product Manager, SmartBoard Solutions
The World Health Organization recently conducted its first global report on sepsis, finding that sepsis causes one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis has a higher yearly mortality rate than AIDS, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, yet very few people outside of healthcare are aware of this condition. Additionally, sepsis contributes to nearly half of all hospital deaths in the U.S and is responsible for a total of approximately $7.2 billion of Medicare payments to hospitals.
What’s more alarming is that sepsis is treatable, and as many as 80 percent of sepsis deaths can be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment. The main factor that stands in the way is simply the lack of knowledge.
During our recent Fall Exchange, David McVeigh of iatricSystems and Sally Arnette of Licking Memorial Hospital came together to help educate attendees on how they can monitor and manage sepsis to ultimately saves lives. Read on for a quick recap of the session highlights, or you can watch the full session on-demand.
Spotting early recognition leads to prevention
The onset of sepsis is subtle and often difficult to recognize because the signs and symptoms of sepsis look very similar to other conditions. But with better education and awareness, you can save lives. Here’s what the CDC says caregivers should look out for in their patients:
Delivering urgent attention and rapid treatment
As you know, sepsis progresses rapidly, and you must act fast. The CMS Sepsis Bundle was created to improve the care that clinicians provide to their sepsis patients. This included a clear outline of the actions they needed to take within three hours of severe sepsis/septic shock identification and the tasks that needed to happen with six hours of identification.
How Licking Memorial Hospital decreased sepsis mortality rate
Licking Memorial Hospital has had one of the most successful cases of tracking and scoring sepsis to lower the mortality rate at their hospital. Sally Arnette, VP of Information Systems at Licking Memorial Hospital, shared with us their top five key IT sepsis initiatives:
Licking Memorial Hospital was able to identify more incidents of sepsis and experienced an 85% decrease in code blue rate. They also saw a 70% decrease in mortality rate, which was an estimated 62 lives saved in the first year of implementing their sepsis prevention plan. Since then, they’ve sustained their 70% decrease in mortality and continue to save lives.
David McVeigh and Sally Arnette shared additional information in the full session, including a more in-depth look at Licking Memorial Hospital’s process, the cost of sepsis, understanding the complexity of identification algorithms, and more – watch the entire session here. You can also contact us at email@example.com if you’d like to learn more about SmartBoard Vision or any of our other clinical solutions.