WI Hospitals Collaborate to Improve Sepsis Care and Reduce Readmissions

March 16, 2018

Eighty-six multidisciplinary care team members representing 17 Wisconsin hospitals met March 13, 2018 for a day of learning and action planning with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions for patients who have had sepsis.

Sepsis can occur when the body goes into “overdrive” in response to an infection, and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death if not detected and treated early. We know that these patients have a higher likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge, so post-hospital coordinated care is important to continue the healing process.

Teams of physicians, nurses, and discharge planners gathered for Sepsis Readmissions Satellite Sessions in host hospital locations throughout the state and were joined virtually by hospital teams in Michigan and Illinois to hear best-practice broadcasts by subject matter experts on both readmissions and sepsis topics. Later, participants could share their challenges and successes with each other and create action plans for next steps back in their hospitals.

“This kind of activity exemplifies the all-learn, all-share culture that Wisconsin hospitals have created,” said WHA Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert. “This commitment of time and resources by our member hospitals directly impacts quality outcomes for patients. A big thank you to our host hospitals!”

This story originally appeared in the March 16, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter