AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA, had a unique opportunity to impact the care provided to patients with sepsis in partnership with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s (SSC) Sepsis on the Wards Collaborative. Three years later, building on this foundation, processes are still being streamlined to improve the care of this challenging population.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that requires early recognition and immediate intervention. At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, we were challenged by our health system and the SSC to find ways to recognize these patients on a non-intensive care medical unit. We identified sepsis stakeholders and launched a hospital-wide Sepsis Committee composed of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, laboratory staff, informatics staff, and administrators. This multidisciplinary team developed a severe sepsis screening tool and then worked with the progressive care unit (PCU), a medical surgical stepdown unit, as a cohort ward for sepsis patients identified in the emergency department (ED).
Read more about the experience at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and their efforts to reduce sepsis in Critical Connections