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A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Sepsis-Related Outcomes at an Integrated Healthcare System

Hughes, M. Courtney; Roedocker, Andrea; Ehli, Jessica; Walz, Danaka; Froehlich, Kim; White, Landon; Binder, Bill

doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000193
Original Article

ABSTRACT Hospitals are encouraged to take steps to improve outcomes for patients with sepsis, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. A retrospective analysis examined data (n = 4,475) from three health systems to better determine the impact of a 10-month sepsis quality improvement program that consisted of clinical alerts, audit and feedback, and staff education. Compared with the control group, the intervention group significantly decreased length of stay and costs per stay. The intervention group increased sepsis bundle compliance by more than 40%. A sepsis quality improvement program may improve sepsis health outcomes and decrease costs.

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Kim Froehlich, Landon White, and Bill Binder are employed by Relias, a healthcare company that provides data analytics to Trinity Health. M. Courtney Hughes was employed by Relias at the time of the study. Andrea Roedocker, Jessica Ehli, and Danaka Walz are employed by Trinity Health, the organization that implemented the intervention in the study.

© 2019 National Association for Healthcare Quality
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