What is the Pediatric Sepsis Analytics Accelerator?

The Pediatric Sepsis Analytics Accelerator supports a disciplined, data-driven approach to screening and care, helping to drive and sustain significant improvement in clinical and financial outcomes. Typical implementations focus on early recognition, initial resuscitation, and ongoing ICU care—areas where getting it right is especially meaningful.

Organizations choose to focus on pediatric sepsis for these reasons:

  • Pediatric sepsis is associated with high mortality and high costs of care. More than 75,000 children develop severe sepsis each year in the United States; almost 7,000 die. The specialized care required for these gravely ill children presents a significant financial burden; healthcare costs associated with pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock total more than $7 billion annually—12 times the median cost of all other hospitalizations for children, including those for cancer and trauma treatment.
  • Implementing best-practice care is challenging, but doable with standardization and measurement. Standardized pediatric sepsis definitions, early recognition tools, and pediatric sepsis care practices can support better care—but adherence can be inconsistent. Using a team-based approach, tracking performance metrics, and measuring clinical outcomes have been shown to drive compliance and improve outcomes.

Pediatric Sepsis Benefits and Features

Access an at-a-glance, near real-time view of quality of care and its impact.

The application dashboard visualizes outcome and process metrics in an easy-to-consume, one-page summary.

Focus your team on what matters most.

Outcome metrics typically include mortality, ICU admissions, LOS (ICU and overall), and cost-per-case. Typical process metrics include overall and by-component compliance with 5-minute early recognition protocols and resuscitation pathways. The result? Your team understands the priorities and can help solve problems that stand in the way of improvement.

Do more than monitor: understand.

Detailed analytics of each care practice provide dynamic data exploration, real-time filtering, and drill-down to patient-level detail. The application also provides export or print capability for patient list, metric performance, etc. so you can share and follow up.

Pediatric Sepsis Use Case

Using the Pediatric Sepsis application, a PICU Clinical Nurse Specialist notes that their pediatric sepsis mortality rate has increased in recent quarters. What are the drivers of this upsetting trend? Which aspect of standardized care is proving most challenging for front-line staff? The team uses the application to identify improvement opportunities in their ED processes (e.g., average time to MD notification, high-flow oxygen, and testing) and resuscitation pathway (e.g., average time to initial fluids and antibiotics). After implementing education and communication with providers, the team uses the accelerator to track reduction in practice variation—and improvement in outcomes.