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  • September 7, 2017

This Hospital Proved Investing in Sepsis Quality Initiatives can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Here's how to demonstrate the difference quality improvement investments make.

Sepsis affects more than 1.5 million Americans every year, with related health care costs totaling $20 billion each year. The numbers reflect how important it is for hospitals to have protocols for recognizing and treating sepsis before irreversible organ damage occurs. Do you know how many patients in your facility are affected by this deadly condition, and how you can improve safety and reduce costs caring for these children?

Seeing results

More than 45 children's hospitals have joined forces in the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) collaborative. But a challenge for many of them is finding a way to demonstrate how quality improvement investments like IPSO make a difference. One participant, Phoenix Children's Hospital, developed analyses to demonstrate how improving sepsis outcomes can reduce the costs of caring for affected children. The hospital’s efforts have produced a 34 percent reduction in costs and 45 percent reduction in average length of stay.

Strategies for gaining support

For the first time, team members from Phoenix Children's are sharing their strategies with other hospitals in the Better Sepsis Outcomes Reduce Costs: Cost Effectiveness Analysis Supports Improvement Investments webinar on Sept. 19. Learn how they created clinical and financial analyses that generated executive leadership support for sepsis quality improvement work.

Team members from Phoenix Children's will explain how they:

  • Implemented a strategic, five-step process to gain executive leadership buy-in and support for the sepsis collaborative
  • Used available administrative data to estimate potential cost savings and cost avoidance expected as a result of participation
  • Reinforced how the sepsis collaborative complemented other existing quality and patient safety initiatives
  • Became familiar with many of the data variables and measures tracked in the collaborative
  • Calculated the estimated resources required to support IPSO program participation and prepared to answer the concerns raised by their physician and executive audience

This webinar is a benefit of CHA membership, so there is no cost to register—invite your team!

Interested in other sepsis topics?

Registration is open for the Oct. 19 webinar, Health Related Quality of Life Among Survivors of Pediatric Sepsis. Join Elizabeth Killien, M.D., as she presents new research on measuring the incidence of, and risk factors for, deterioration of health-related quality of life following pediatric sepsis. You can also access recordings of other sepsis webinars and a full resource library on sepsis, including articles, fact sheets, and more.

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