Improving Sepsis Mortality – Intermountain Healthcare

December 15, 2021

To drive improvement in sepsis mortality, Intermountain had to address diagnosis and rapid treatment for sepsis.  Barriers included high false positive rate for diagnosing sepsis using electronic screening tools.  Additionally, CMS data were lagging and captured only a small fraction of the sepsis cases.  Individual attribution was lacking.  Finally, identifying a process that would be flexible to accommodate different types of facilities (rural and critical access hospitals vs. large academic medical center) across a system was important. Thru their work, Intermountain saw increased sepsis bundle compliance, as well as improvements in sepsis mortality over the course of the work. Having Intermountain share their journey as well as lessons learned will help other members by having concrete tips that they can walk away with and implement in their organizations to see similar outcomes/improvements.

Target Audience

  • Nursing
  • Physicians

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify strategies to increase sepsis bundle compliance
  2. Describe methods to address barriers to diagnosing and rapid treatment for sepsis
  3. Demonstrate methods to improve sepsis mortality
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance
Course opens: 
12/15/2021
Course expires: 
01/28/2022
Event starts: 
12/15/2021 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/15/2021 - 1:00pm CST
Live via internet
United States
Relevant financial relationships: Planning committee members and presenters have nothing to disclose.
 
Planning committee members
 
Shannon Hale, RN, MHA, CPHQ
Performance Improvement Program Director
Vizient, Inc.
 
Tamara Moores Todd, MD
Medical Director of CTIS – Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Urgent Care & Community/Medical Specialties
Attending Physician, Utah Emergency Physicians
 
Course reviewers
 
Shannon Hale, RN, MHA, CPHQ
Performance Improvement Program Director
Vizient, Inc.
 
Tamara Moores Todd, MD
Medical Director of CTIS – Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Urgent Care & Community/Medical Specialties
Attending Physician, Utah Emergency Physicians
 
Presenters
 
Tamara Moores Todd, MD
Medical Director of CTIS – Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Urgent Care & Community/Medical Specialties
Attending Physician, Utah Emergency Physicians
 
Joseph Bledsoe, MD, FACEP
Director of Research, Intermountain Emergency Medicine/Trauma Operations
Associate Professor, Intermountain Healthcare Research
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Stanford Emergency Medicine

 

 

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Designation Statement:
 
NURSING
This activity is designated for 1.00 contact hours.
PHYSICIAN
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
CEU
Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance
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