Stepping Up Against Sepsis
The Rory Staunton Foundation and the National Family Council on Sepsis has often asked this question: why aren’t more hospital systems adopting better practice protocols when it comes to sepsis? This recently-published article discusses how hospitals, including North Shore-LIJ in New York and others, have used a coordinated low-cost strategy to dramatically reduce sepsis infection and mortality. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has recently launched new core measures for sepsis care in hospitals in response to the fact that half of all patients who died in hosptials have sepsis.
It is alarming that the mortality rate for patients with severe sepsis ranges from 25 to 50 percent in most U.S. Hospitals. In real numbers that is at least 750,000 people being diagnosed every year with sepsis and over 250,000 people dying from the condition. What this article shows is that in New York State Rory’s Regulations are expected to save over 5,000 lives a year and that hospital systems such as LIJ, InterMountain and Lake Forest Baptist Health are saving patients and being cost effective at the same time.
When a health care system can have a 50 percent reduction in sepsis mortalities without an expensive infrastructure isn’t this something all hospitals should aspire to? We think so. Sepsis care must become a priority and we applaud those health systems and government agencies that have made it so.