Quality & Safety Scoop: Sepsis Project Update

Every year, 80,000 children are hospitalized for sepsis in the U.S. Almost 5,000 children die from sepsis, more than from cancer, and as many as 40 percent of those who survive sepsis suffer from long-term health issues. (Source: childrenshospitals.org)

Despite excellent clinical care, we are contributing to these numbers. In 2019 at Children’s, we treated a total of 107 cases of sepsis and had 9 sepsis attributable mortalities. 

Our response

In January 2020, our organization joined the Children’s Hospital Association Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) Collaborative. The collaborative is made up of more than 57 children’s hospitals working together to successfully challenge sepsis and generate ideas for improvement. 

Collaborative Goals:

  • Reduce sepsis-attributable mortality by 25 percent.
  • Reduce hospital-onset IPSO critical sepsis by 25 percent.

IPSO focuses on five key processes to improve sepsis outcomes. Through screening and huddles, early recognition of sepsis can be achieved. Order sets drive standardized care and reduce variation. Time to first antibiotic (within 1 hour) and time to first bolus (within 30 minutes) allows for timely, early resuscitation.

As the Chief Quality & Safety Officer, I am the executive sponsor for this project. The following physicians are also part of the IPSO steering team and helping to lead this important strategic initiative.

  • Stephen Dolter, M.D., Hospitalist & CMIO
  • Sidharth Mahapatra, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Intensivist
  • Zebulon Timmons, M.D., Division Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

As we work to implement changes in our organization, we want to ensure that we share our organizational data with you. Please click here to view our progress in the biannual Executive Report from IPSO.

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