Spectrum Health Awarded for Initiative to Lower Adult Sepsis Mortality
Posted on June 28, 2019
The MHA presented its 2019 Advancing Safe Care Award June 27 to the Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health sepsis team, which includes Steve Fitch, MD; Nick Kuhl, MD; Kristen Buck, MSN; and Sarah Fisher, MS.
The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award honors healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing care to different patient populations, show evidence of an improved safety culture, lead the charge for quality improvement, and demonstrate transparency in their efforts to improve healthcare.
In March 2018, Spectrum Health started its initiative to decrease adult severe sepsis/septic shock mortality, building on the foundation that sepsis involves the full continuum of care. A systematic approach including evidence-based pathways, order bundles, measurable benchmarks and timelines was developed to address the issue systemwide.
“By empowering frontline teams, we estimate the effort led to 159 patient lives saved between March 2018 and April 2019,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, Spectrum Health, and president, Spectrum Health Medical Group.
Much of the work focused on communications and effective hand-offs to prevent delays and promote teamwork. Standardized processes and evidence-based pathways were created to allow for faster care and collaborative decision-making between responders and staff members who provide care.
Spectrum Health understands the delivery of optimal care to patients across all disciplines must focus on a safe, transparent culture. Therefore, identification and treatment of sepsis follows the motto, “Sepsis is a team sport.”
For more information about the Advancing Safe Care Award, contact Ashley Sandborn at the MHA.
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