April 2023 Joint HQIC LAN – Transitions in Care: Preventing Sepsis-Related Readmissions

April 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Anyone can develop sepsis, a life-threatening, complex and challenging condition to manage. There are significant human and financial costs associated with it. Every year more than 1.7 million adults in the U.S. develop sepsis, leading to over 270,000 deaths. Roughly 19% of sepsis survivors are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, leading to $3.1 billion in annual costs. Well-defined systems and processes across the continuum are crucial to delivering the right care at the right time to the right patient.

This event will feature proactive transitions in care and hand-off strategies to the next level of care provider to improve patient outcomes and prevent sepsis-related readmissions. The patient voice will be highlighted via a sepsis survivor story. Key discharge planning, patient and family engagement, health equity, infection prevention and patient education tactics will also be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Through this program, participants will:

  • Review successful care coordination and partnership strategies across the care continuum to prevent sepsis-related hospital readmissions.
  • Explore promising practices for overcoming challenges that affect handoffs to the next level of care.
  • Learn how to engage patients and families as partners and integrate their health-related social needs into the discharge planning process to improve patient outcomes.
  • Hear about a sepsis survivor story

Who Should Attend:
Nurses, Sepsis Coordinators, Care Coordinators, Front-line and Emergency Department Staff, Infection Preventionists, Clinical and Hospital Leaders, Physicians, Patient Safety and Quality Professionals.

View Slides

Watch the Recording

Stop Sepsis Now

Prepared by IPRO

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis each year. Nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis.

The IPRO QIN-QIO developed the following materials for patients, both in English and Spanish, along with provider-facing resources and training materials.

Exploring Sepsis Strategies-Part 2: Care Coordination & Preventing Sepsis-Related Readmissions

This material was prepared by Telligen in partnership with IPRO HQIC, the Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This is the second session in a two-part series Webinar on Sepsis from September 30 11 PT 12 MT 1 CT 2 EDT. View the recording, as well as the questions and answers presentation slide deck.

This session focuses on preventing sepsis-related harm and avoidable readmissions using effective care coordination and hand-off strategies to the next level of care provider.

Patient Safety Analysis Quick Reference Guides

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These quick reference guides were created to help you understand, modify, and interpret your data using the NHSN application’s various analysis output (report) options for the NHSN Patient Safety Component. These guides serve as companions to the “Introduction to NHSN Analysis” training slide set.

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)Patient Safety Analysis Resource

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The NHSN application provides various options that allow NHSN users to analyze their surveillance data. The resources listed on the link above are intended to help you use the analysis tool, and interpret data analyzed from the Patient Safety Component of NHSN.

Hospital Toolkit for Adult Sepsis Surveillance

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

This toolkit allows healthcare professionals who are interested in using the sepsis surveillance methodology from the national burden study to track healthcare facility-level sepsis incidence and outcomes using an objective
definition based on clinical data. Necessary data may be obtained and processed directly from electronic health record, but could also be obtained using manual chart review. These data may be useful for understanding the effectiveness of local sepsis prevention, early recognition, and treatment programs.

Sepsis and Health Equity Fact Sheet

Sepsis Alliance

Highlights many racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities related to sepsis. The fact sheet includes the following sepsis disparities:

  • Black and other nonwhite people have nearly twice the incidence of sepsis as whites
  • Non-Hispanic black children admitted to an emergency room are less likely to be treated for sepsis than non-Hispanic white children
  • Native Hawaiians have almost twice the burden of sepsis mortality compared to whites
  • Black children are 30% more likely than white children to develop sepsis after surgery
  • Children with severe sepsis or septic shock who are black or Hispanic are about 25% more likely to die than non-Hispanic white children
  • Adults below the poverty line have more than three to four times the risk of dying of sepsis compared to adults whose family income is at least five times the poverty line