What is this measure?
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is the
body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that
can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Early identification
and treatment of sepsis increases survival and improves patient outcomes.
This measure reports the proportion of severe sepsis or septic shock patients
who received appropriate care. Learn more about appropriate care for sepsis
How does Kaweah Delta perform?
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
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Oct '18 - Sept '19
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The benchmark is the 2017 calendar year U.S mean national rate published
on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ website Hospital Compare.
Why is it important?
This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is
doing a good job is to see if the percent of severe sepsis or septic shock
patients who received appropriate care at that hospital is better than,
the same as or worse than the U.S. national average. Higher numbers are better
Sepsis is the body’s overactive and toxic response to any type of
infection: bacterial, viral, fungal or even parasitic and it can quickly
turn a healthy person into someone who is suddenly fighting organ failure,
amputation or even death. While anyone can get sepsis, some groups like
very young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems,
cancer patients included, are more likely to be affected.
What is Kaweah Delta doing to continue to improve?
Kaweah Delta follows evidence-based guidelines and best practice with the
goal of providing timely care to all of our patients with severe sepsis
or septic shock. We have implemented an electronic sepsis alert that informs
the bedside nurse of possible severe sepsis or septic shock. This alert
also informs our new Sepsis Coordinator. The purpose of the coordinator
is to make sure that any patient at Kaweah Delta who has been diagnosed
with sepsis is getting the right care at the right time so they can have
the best outcome. Kaweah also monitors compliance with best practices
to continuously improve and provide the best outcomes for our patients
and our community.
Thomas Gray, MD, Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety
"I am very fortunate to work with a dedicated team of experts in their
specialties who all have a keen interest in and dedication to the prompt
recognition and treatment of this deadly, disabling condition. They have
spent hours of time increasing awareness and standardizing treatment throughout
the Medical Center. Their efforts have borne fruit. We have seen shortened
hospital stays and decreased mortality. Recently, Kaweah Delta Medical
Center was recognized by Healthgrades as a 5 star Center of Excellence
for our treatment of sepsis. Our team if very proud of this achievement
but realizes there is always more work to do."
Evelyn McEntire, BSN, RN, Manager of Quality & Patient Safety
"As a registered nurse for the past 10 years and Manager of Quality
and Patient Safety at Kaweah Delta, I have seen firsthand how devastating
sepsis is when it goes untreated. On average nationwide, approximately
30 percent of patients diagnosed with severe sepsis do not survive. However,
I have seen the great work that our team does by recognizing and providing
timely sepsis treatment. Our team is saving lives every day, while continuous
looking for improvements to better serve our community."
How can patients and families support safety?
TIME is a national initiative to raise awareness of sepsis and the urgent need
to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized. Early detection provides
the best chance for survival and recovery for you and your family.
Below are other habits you can practice to help prevent sepsis.
Vaccinations, also known as immunizations, can help make you immune to
viruses, such as the chicken pox, which can lead to sepsis.
Care for Open Wounds
- Cuts, scrapes, or breaks in the skin can allow harmful bacteria to enter
your body. Clean open wounds as quickly as possible and keep them clean.
- Monitor wounds for signs of an infection: such as redness around the wound,
skin around the wound is warm to touch, increased pain and/or discharge
- Consult a doctor if there are signs of infection
- If Prescribed, Take Antibiotics Correctly
- Follow the directions for use
- Take them on time
- Finish the full course, even if you feel better sooner
- Store the antibiotics as directed
Wash Your Hands
- Before eating or handling food
- After using the bathroom
- After blowing your nose or coughing
- After touching pets or other animals
- After going to school or going shopping
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