All hospitals invited to join year two of the Oklahoma Sepsis Collaborative

Posted on: 11/9/16


An informational call to discuss the goals of the Oklahoma Sepsis Collaborative Year Two will be held 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17.  All Oklahoma hospitals are invited to participate. The focus of the Oklahoma Sepsis Collaborative during the second year is early intervention and treatment through implementation of evidence-based bundles of care.

Sepsis is a life threatening medical condition that arises when the body’s attempt to fight an infection results in the immune system damaging tissues and organs. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection and in the U.S., sepsis accounted for more than 10 billion dollars in hospital costs in 2011.

The Oklahoma Sepsis Collaborative is an initiative of the Oklahoma Hospital Association and its member hospitals and recently completed its first year with exceptional results, saving an estimated 299 lives.

During year one of the Collaborative (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 project period), the initiative strived to decrease the sepsis mortality rate by 15 percent by focusing on early identification. Every one-hour delay in sepsis treatment increases the risk of mortality by 7 percent.

Oklahoma hospitals dedicated themselves to saving lives by implementing the evidence-based practice of identifying and treating sepsis quickly and consistently and the results were outstanding. We are expanding this initiative and inviting all Oklahoma hospitals to join us in this effort to improve care for Oklahomans.  

Twenty-six Oklahoma hospitals registered to participate and 18 hospitals submitted data for analysis, yielding the following results:
  • 253,256 patients were screened for sepsis from Oct. 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
  • 2,420 (1 percent) screened positive for sepsis resulting in opportunity for early treatment.
  • The sepsis mortality rate in the participating hospitals dropped from 15.1 percent to 9.54 percent, representing a 36 percent relative risk reduction in sepsis mortality (baseline data obtained from the 2013 Inpatient Discharge Data - Public Use Data File Health Care Information Oklahoma State Department of Health.)
  • 299 potential lives saved based upon data analysis of project data submission as compared to 2013 baselines data.

For additional information or to join the call on Nov. 17, contact Patrice Greenawalt, RN, MS, OHA clinical initiatives manager, pgreenawalt@okoha.com.

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