The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), together with its membership, has been selected as a 2017 Sepsis Hero. Presented by Sepsis Alliance, a leading patient advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of sepsis, the honor recognizes CHA’s leadership in improving outcomes for pediatric sepsis through efforts such as its innovative Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) collaborative that implements diagnostic and treatment protocols to reduce sepsis deaths and hospital-onset sepsis by 75 percent by 2020. The award will be presented at the Sepsis Heroes gala in New York City on Sept. 14, 2017.
“We are proud to select the Children’s Hospital Association and its members as 2017 Sepsis Heroes for their tireless and important work to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis among child patients,” said Thomas Heymann, executive director, Sepsis Alliance. “Their effort to spread evidence-based practices across multiple care settings within children’s hospitals seems like a Herculean endeavor, but in reality it exemplifies the belief that sepsis is treatable and deaths are preventable when applying quality improvement and collaboration.”
“On behalf of the many men and women at children’s hospitals that are committed to fighting sepsis nationwide, we are deeply humbled to be recognized as a Sepsis Hero,” said Richard Brilli, MD, FAAP, MCCM, Chief Medical Officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “While our work is just beginning with the IPSO collaborative, this award validates the effort that we have undertaken collectively as pediatric health care professional and reinforces our faith that we will succeed in significantly reducing the number of deaths and health dollars spent on treating sepsis in children.”
Sepsis Heroes celebrates individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to sepsis awareness and education among both the public and health care professionals. The honor is presented during a ceremony held during Sepsis Awareness Month, founded in 2011 by Sepsis Alliance.