Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening and without timely treatment can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Time matters.
Sepsis is a public health issue, not just a hospital issue. Every two minutes, a life is lost to sepsis in the U.S., totaling over a quarter million people each year.
In 2017 Sepsis Alliance conducted a nation-wide survey on sepsis. Here are a few of the findings:
- 39 percent of Americans incorrectly believe sepsis is contagious
- Around 72 percent of Americans can correctly identify symptoms of a stroke, yet less than 1 percent can identify the most commons sepsis symptoms.
- More Americans have heard of Ebola, a nearly non-existent condition in the U.S., than sepsis a condition that affects more than 1.6 million Americans every year.
CHA is committed to working with its member hospitals to improve sepsis care and associated patient outcomes.
Sepsis is a leading cause of death for children, affecting chronically ill and previously healthy children alike. Although kids aren’t just small adults, a child with sepsis may be more like an adult than you realize, and QI work in adult sepsis can be leveraged to improve care of children as well. In this talk, we will review current guidelines, definitions and evidence informing current pediatric sepsis best practices, as well as lessons and successes from pediatric sepsis quality improvement. We will conclude with important take-home plans for defining pediatric sepsis and algorithms for initial treatment.
Halden Scott, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her focus is improving the quality of care for pediatric emergency conditions, particularly sepsis, through research and implementing evidence-based practice in emergency settings.
Infection Prevention Manager