Developing robust and holistic sepsis program is the only possible combat mechanism that hospitals can equip themselves with to deal with Sepsis. But is your sepsis program delivering expected results?

Sepsis is a critical medical condition that affects over 750,000 people in the US every year. One out of four hospital deaths is attributable to severe sepsis and septic shock. Sepsis often begins as a simple infection but soon transforms into septic shock without much time lag. Sepsis is extremely difficult to diagnose at early stages but demands aggressive and immediate treatment to be kept in control and increase chances of survival.

The most vital element that helps is early identification and timely clinical intervention is to design and execute a robust sepsis program. A sound sepsis program is based on collaboration and commitment from all key stakeholders from physicians and nurses to technicians and administrators.

However, hospitals offering sepsis care often run sepsis programs that have been in place for years with little no modification. Stakeholders and care providers seldom perform an interim audit of the program or develop initiates to identify shortcomings. This is not because the care team is disinterested or does not feel the need for improvement but because any suggested improvement will have to be ratified by senior leadership and more often than not most ideas die a premature death due to lack of funds or leadership disconnect.

Checklist for creating a robust sepsis program:

  1. Capturing baseline data
  2. Identifying attainable goals
  3. Identifying relevant metrics to measure compliance and patient outcomes.
  4. Developing and implementing sepsis treatment protocols.
  5. Forming a cross-functional team comprising critical care and emergency care leadership, pharmacy, physicians, sepsis coordinator, administrators and staff to coordinate sepsis care.
  6. Identifying gaps and areas of improvement.
  7. Planning, executing, and monitoring process improvements.
  8. Auditing the sepsis program based on global best practices.
  9. Collating and compare data and draw analytical insights.
  10. Using insights to develop new strategies, protocols, measures and initiatives.

In view of existing programs, care providers need to assess and audit their programs to ensure its effectiveness is at par with industry standards.

Can a sepsis program be assessed?

Designing a robust sepsis program is easier said than done. The very way in which sepsis is perceived and addressed is the primary hindrance to a successful sepsis program. Patients and physicians alike, still view sepsis as a minor non-threatening infection which delays the diagnosis and treatment. Nevertheless, using the right set of tools to assess a sepsis program at the very onset will not only improve outcomes but also reduce costs.

AcesoCloud’s ready to use SepsisAnalytics helps you evaluate your patient, provider and institutional variability using existing compilation of EHRs. Analytics enables process improvement staff to analyze the historical financial and clinical data, which in turn helps them design or modify initiatives for improvement. AcesoCloud provides easy to implement and highly configurable analytics solutions that are cost effective and deliver results in days. To encourage and assist hospitals to adopt cloud based software to manage their sepsis care programs AcesoCloud offers free trial and live demo of its Sepsis solutions.

You can watch a 5 minute product overview of SepsisAnalytics before scheduling a Live Demo or Free Trial to help you learn about:

  • Dashboards and data visualization
  • Care coordination and collaboration
  • Sepsis program management
  • Sepsis bundle implementation
  • CMS compliance
  • And much more…