Leadership Corner: September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Posted on September 05, 2019

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, senior vice president of safety & quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center discusses the importance of sepsis prevention and what the MHA Keystone Center and its partner organizations are doing to increase sepsis education and awareness.

Brittany BoganSeptember is Sepsis Awareness Month and the MHA Keystone Center is ramping up activities to increase sepsis awareness within hospital walls and broadly across communities.

Sepsis is a life-threatening, extreme response to an infection and is a leading cause of mortality and critical illness in the United States. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s likelihood to become septic, but one thing is certain: the earlier sepsis is recognized and appropriately treated, the increased chances of survival.

The MHA Keystone Center has addressed sepsis since 2010 in the emergency department and critical care settings and focused primarily on early identification and prompt treatment.

The work has continued under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Partnership for Patients initiative and the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN).

Since 2016, the MHA Keystone Center on behalf of the GLPP HIIN has hosted 12 sepsis simulations across Michigan, engaging more than 45 hospitals. The simulations provide attendees hands-on learning scenarios and feedback to train and educate others on the early identification of sepsis, appropriate testing and screening for sepsis, and appropriate care of a septic patient.

The overall goal is to encourage attendees to spread the training and perform regular simulations within their facilities. The MHA Keystone Center will offer a sepsis simulation Oct. 4 that is designed specifically for educators and trainers. The event will feature activities that are focused on increasing recognition of sepsis symptoms, improving compliance with recommended treatment bundles, and applying effective teamwork, communication and critical thinking strategies. Early data shows improvements in sepsis mortality and post-operative sepsis rates among most of the hospitals that have participated in a MHA Keystone Center-led sepsis simulation.

The MHA Keystone Center will also host a Twitter chat Thursday, Sept. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of Sepsis Awareness Month. Members are encouraged to participate and use the hashtag #KeystoneSepsis. In addition, there are additional resources available that hospitals and healthcare providers can use to increase community education and launch awareness campaigns, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Get Ahead of Sepsis initiative, the Sepsis Alliance and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Please help spread the word about sepsis prevention during September and learn the early signs and symptoms of sepsis. It may save a life.

This article was featured in the MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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