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Collaboration at Work: Reducing Sepsis Complications and Mortality
Sep 3, 2019 Share

Spectrum Health Lakeland has recently reported a significant reduction in sepsis complications and mortality after a multi-disciplinary team worked to implement best practices, called “sepsis bundles,” recommended by the global Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Results include a significant reduction in the 30 day death rate. From 2012 to 2017, septic patients at Lakeland had a 30 day mortality of 18.1 percent. But in 2018 and 2019, that rate fell to 12.1 percent. This 6 percent reduction equals 102 additional patient lives that were saved in the past 18 months at Lakeland. This number is 3 percent better than the national average and is a significant indication of the success that this effort has achieved.

Results also include fewer septic patients with comorbidities and complications, as early intervention has been emphasized when a patient arrives at a Lakeland emergency department.

Collaborating on the sepsis bundles and the emphasis on rapid identification and intervention was a team of emergency physician leadership, emergency nursing leadership in Niles, St. Joseph, and Watervliet, inpatient physician leadership, inpatient nursing leadership, laboratory representatives, educators, IT specialists, quality leaders, and others.

“This project exemplifies collaboration and teamwork at its best. We've been able to implement a complex quality project that has saved many people from sepsis,” said Robert Nolan, DO, Director of Emergency Medicine.

“Collaboration at Work” is a Pulse NewsLink series featuring situations when team members recognized an opportunity to improve care and took the initiative to bring about positive change at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

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