Quality & Safety Scoop: Sepsis Project Update

Yes, there are non-COVID-19 patients still out there!

By Bridget M. Norton, M.D., MBA

We would like to provide an update on our organizational sepsis project and the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) Collaborative. It may not seem like much work is going on outside of COVID-19, but despite many competing priorities, our organizational sepsis work has continued. This work is being led by the Sepsis Steering Committee, which includes Amber Marquiss, Kim Peterson, Carol Beare, Meghan Spencer and me. We have not been able to meet in person because of current restrictions, but it has forced us to move out of our comfort zones and further embrace technology.  Recognizing that this may be our new normal, we have decided that we will be conducting nearly all sepsis work virtually, through the use of WebEx, recorded WebEx sessions and email. Additionally, our area-based work groups will use our new Projectplace platform. 

Work completed thus far:

  • Sepsis kick-off meetings were held March 2 and 3.
  • Subject matter experts helped draft current state process flows for each care area.
  • Current state process flows were sent out to area-based work groups for evaluation and feedback.
  • IPSO Collaborative Baseline Data Mapping used IPSO definitions and guidelines

Next steps:

  • Continue IPSO Baseline Data Mapping and evaluation of the quality of the data with our data/analytics work group.
  • Finalize current state process flows.
  • Begin order set development.
  • Begin designing future state processes for the HUDDLE.

Please reach out to Kim Peterson, Carol Beare or me with any questions you may have.

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