Early identification of sepsis is challenging, as the patient’s physical response to this overwhelming infection presents as a syndrome of non-specific symptoms, delaying recognition, diagnosis, and treatment, which increases mortality rates.
Mission Health, North Carolina’s sixth largest health system, had implemented evidence-based sepsis care bundles; however, processes for identifying patients with sepsis and initiation of care was fragmented and varied widely across the system, negatively impacting sepsis outcomes.
Using a comprehensive data-driven approach to facilitate early sepsis identification and standardize the treatment of sepsis, including the addition of evidence-based alerts, Mission has gained insight into sepsis performance to drive improvement. This approach has resulted in:
14.1 percent relative reduction in mortality for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.
24.9 percent relative difference in mortality for patients that received the evidence-based protocols compared to those who did not—the evidence-based protocols substantially reduce mortality.
6.4 percent relative reduction in emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.
Four percent relative reduction in ICU LOS for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock admitted from the ED.