Nursing Homes and Hospitals Share Sepsis Prevention Strategies

June 30, 2017

On June 28, HQI partnered with the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) to present the Sepsis Forum in Elkridge, Maryland. Pictured from left are, Lisa Mark (HQI), Candy Hamner (HQI), Justin Ziombra (MHA), Bonnie DiPietro (MPSC), Sheila McLean (HQI) and Kelly Arthur (HQI).

Recently, Maryland nursing homes and hospitals convened in Elkridge for a one-day Sepsis Forum, sponsored by Health Quality Innovators (HQI), the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA). More than 40 providers and staff gathered to learn more about sepsis and the importance of early detection and rapid treatment.

Every year, more than 200,000 American patients are diagnosed with sepsis; as many as half of those patients will die as a result. In addition to the human toll, sepsis cost the health care system $20 billion in 2011.

The Sepsis Forum was the second in a series of onsite Maryland learning events co-presented by HQI. It is an extension of Stopping Sepsis in Nursing Homes, a multi-year improvement collaborative led by HQI. By bringing together nursing homes and hospitals, we are engaging providers in conversations and sharing best practices for infection prevention and treatment.

“To protect patients from sepsis, health care providers must work together to improve communication and prevent the infections that lead to sepsis. Even when sepsis cannot be avoided, early detection is critical to helping patients recover,” said HQI Vice President Sheila McLean.

HQI is working with partnering organizations to schedule future forums and expand the series to Virginia.

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