Improving Sepsis Core Measure Compliance in the ICU Setting

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (Chula Vista, California)

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Project Topic

Increasing sepsis core measure compliance

CSI Participants

Ruby Escalada‐Lacson, RN, MSN, CCRN
Marie Claire Pajaron, RN, BSN, CCRN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To increase sepsis core measure compliance 50 percent from baseline data (19.5 percent)
  2. To decrease sepsis mortality rate 25 percent from baseline data (16.05 percent)
  3. To decrease sepsis patients’ average length of stay (LOS) to 8.49 days from baseline data (8.99 days)

Project Outcomes

  1. Increased sepsis bundle compliance from 19.5 percent (baseline) to 31.47 percent, a 61 percent improvement from baseline
  2. Reduced sepsis mortality rate from 16.05 percent (baseline) to 13.9 percent, a 13.4 percent improvement
  3. Decreased sepsis patients’ LOS from 8.99 days (baseline) to 8.44 days, a 0.55 day reduction
  4. These outcomes resulted in an estimated annual fiscal impact of $2,360,324.

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