Stopping Sepsis: Virginia Initiative Saves Lives, Reduces Hospital Stays

February 20, 2019

Each year, an estimated 250,000 patients die from sepsis-related complications. A new video highlights the efforts of 34 hospitals and 38 nursing homes who are partnering with Health Quality Innovators (HQI) and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) to stop sepsis.

Our initiative, Stopping Sepsis in Virginia Hospitals & Nursing Homes, is improving outcomes by:

  • Helping patients and families spot the signs and symptoms of sepsis and speak up when they have concerns.
  • Training front-line staff in nursing homes to know the symptoms of sepsis and take immediate action if sepsis is suspected.
  • Improving screening for sepsis in the hospital emergency department and equipping hospitals to start antibiotic treatment promptly.
  • Bringing nursing homes and hospital staff together for in-person meetings where they can get to know each other, discuss the needs of their shared patients and improve transfers among facilities.

To date, this initiative has prevented 342 deaths and 123 hospital admissions and saved more than $4.8 million.


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