Augusta Health: Automated Surveillance for Sepsis Alerts reduces mortality rate
Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital and has been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for four consecutive years.
August Health place the safety and well-being of their patients as the number one priority. To accomplish this goal, one innovative process they have developed is the Automated Surveillance for Sepsis Alerts. Augusta Health staff developed an algorithm that analyzes a patient clinical data to determine when a patient's sepsis score is rising, and then uses the internal communication system to notify the patient's care team to intervene. Because of their Sepsis Alert System, they have been able to reduce death from sepsis significantly. Their rate is now 32% lower than the statewide sepsis mortality rate.
Other quality initiatives implemented by Augusta Health include processes and procedures that have significantly reduced the number of CLABSI (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections), standardized processes or ‘bundles’ while closing the incision following colon surgery and implementation of a Just Culture program to improve patient safety.