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A weekly update from management on the issues that matter most.

Sep 21, 2017
Sepsis, a blood stream infection, is a deadly disease. Last Wednesday, September 13, was World Sepsis Day, part of Sepsis Awareness Month.   

NCH’s mortality for patients with sepsis has dropped from over 30% to consistently single digits due to a quality improvement project started in 2013 placing us in the top 10% of the nation’s hospitals.  Last month was the best ever at 2.27%.  Unfortunately, sepsis remains the leading cause of death in hospitals, even though about 80% of the time sepsis starts outside the hospital. 

Recognizing sepsis early is critical because mortality from sepsis increases 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed.  As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment.  Drs. Shannon Davis, Doug Harrington, and Jeff Panozzo, along with Director of Emergency Services RN Betsy Novakovich and Director of Critical Care RN Cheryl Holderfield, have launched our “Stop Sepsis, Save Lives” campaign to save even more lives. 

Already we have protected an estimated 909 lives, avoiding countless misery and saving $20 million dollars.  RN Novakovich emphasized that time to treat is critical with heart attacks, stroke, major trauma, and sepsis.  We desire to continue our improvement.  Our outcomes and time to treat are exemplary thanks to great teamwork and outstanding coordination.

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Allen Weiss, MD

President and CEO

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