A majority of sepsis cases originate in the home and community. Home health clinicians play an important role in the early identification and timely treatment of sepsis.
A home health care provider sought to prevent hospital readmissions due to sepsis by implementing a sepsis-screening protocol and quality improvement initiative.
The provider conducted a retrospective chart review of 33 264 sepsis screens of 7242 patients.
A sepsis-screening protocol, clinician and patient/caregiver sepsis education, physician and emergency department communication, and emergency medical services collaboration procedure were implemented.
A majority (69.2%) of positive sepsis screens resulted in patients receiving early medical intervention and avoiding hospitalization.
Having a formal sepsis-screening program in place prompts home health clinicians to communicate the patient's symptoms to their primary care provider, which can positively impact hospital readmission rates and associated medical costs.