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Quality: caring for patients with critical illness

Last Updated 6/8/2012 3:28:16 PM

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness. Your body's response to a bacterial infection usually causes it. Your immune system goes into overdrive, overwhelming normal processes in your blood. The result is that small blood clots form, blocking blood flow to vital organs. This can lead to organ failure.

Babies, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to get sepsis. But even healthy people can contract bacterial infections, develop sepsis and become deathly ill from it. A quick diagnosis can be crucial, because many of the people who get sepsis die from it.

Sepsis is usually treated in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). Intravenous antibiotics and fluids may be given to try to knock out the infection and to keep blood pressure from dropping too low. Patients may also need respirators to help them breathe.

These metrics show us what percentage of adult patients with severe sepsis died in our hospital, and what our goal is.

Jan-Mar 2012 Our goal

Percent of patients with severe sepsis (as defined by regional improvement group, INLP) who died