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HealthOctober 10, 2019

White paper: The true cost of sepsis: How performance improvement programs are missing patients – and how to fix the problem

This white paper provides expert guidance for hospital administrators and sepsis coordinators, who are seeking ways to address the human and financial costs of sepsis.

Sepsis remains the leading cause of hospital mortality, with septic shock carrying a 34 percent mortality rate. In absolute terms, hospital admissions for these conditions outnumber admissions for stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and trauma combined. The financial cost to U.S. health care is estimated at a staggering 33 billion dollars per year and rising; the average cost per hospitalized patient ranges from about $18,000 to over $50,000 for sepsis present on admission and hospital-acquired sepsis, respectively, making it the most expensive disease state in hospitals.

This paper provides expert guidance for hospital administrators and sepsis coordinators, who are seeking new ways to address the devastating human and financial costs of sepsis. In The True Cost of Sepsis: How Performance Improvement Programs are Missing Patients – and How to Fix the Problem, review:

  • How sepsis has evolved in the last 30 years
  • The financial impact of sepsis
  • Strategies to improve sepsis performance and patient outcomes including:
    • Identifying the most promising areas in the hospital for improvement
    • Engaging the right teams for effective change management
  • How hospitals are leveraging EHRs systems, in combination with electronic surveillance to alert, monitor, and standardize care for sepsis

Access the guide.

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