2022 Stronger - PH362 - ED Sepsis Care: Reducing Delays in Antibiotic Administration
Timely administration of antibiotics is a persistent challenge when treating septic patients. Despite best intentions, rapid intervention is often hampered by complex diagnostic, treatment and systemic processes. Partnering with frontline care providers, we reduced the median wait time from order-to-antibiotic administration in patients suspected of sepsis by implementing certain continuous quality improvement measures in the adult emergency department. By implementing simple process interventions in a dynamic clinical environment, we increased the percentage of patients that received antibiotics within one hour of order placement from 58% to 75% and reduced wait time from 82 minutes to 65 minutes in the process.
- Healthcare Quality Professionals
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Other Healthcare Professionals
- Identify the impact of early intervention to prevent mortality in suspected sepsis patients.
- Explain the importance of including the clinician’s voice in bedside quality improvement projects.
- Discuss the use of process improvement tools (A3, value stream mapping, waste walk, fishbone diagram) to identify clinical process improvement opportunities.
Anushree R. Ahluwalia, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Team Leader, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Kelly Williams, MSN, RN, Quality and Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
This activity was planned by, and for, the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 ANCC contacts hours.
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 contact hours for Pharmacists.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-0000-22-175-L01-P
Pharmacy Technicians (CPE)
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 contact hours for pharmacy technicians.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-0000-22-175-L01-T
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Healthcare Quality Professionals (CPHQ)
This activity is approved by NAHQ® for 0.5 CPHQ CE credits.
Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)
Vizient, Inc. will award a maximum of 0.5 contact hours to all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity. These individuals will receive a Certificate of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.
Many state licensing boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.
- 0.50 ACPE Pharmacist
- 0.50 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 0.50 ANCC
- 0.50 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
- 0.50 General CE – Attendance