2015-03-04 / Front Page

North Shore LIJ Is Recognized For Reducing Sepsis Deaths

The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced that it received The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) 2015 patient safety award for its work since 2009 to lower sepsis mortalities.

North Shore-LIJ has created a system-wide, streamlined process for early diagnosis and treatment of the sepsis syndrome. Physicians, nurses and others have become more aware of the critical need for early intervention to halt and reverse the effects of sepsis.

Members of the health system have worked with the Staunton family, whose son Rory died from sepsis at a New York hospital, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create a checklist of sepsis signs to better ensure patients are quickly flagged for this infection. “Rory’s Regulations” were issued by the New York State Department of Health in 2013.

According to the Sepsis Alliance, more than 250,000 Americans die of sepsis each year. With this program, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has been able to reduce its sepsis mortality by 50 percent.

"Between our research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on sepsis to our focus on creating a comprehensive sepsis diagnosis process, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has taken the lead in efforts to prevent and diagnose this often fatal condition,” said David Battinelli, MD, chief medical officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “We are grateful to the Staunton family, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the New York State Department of Health for their work on ‘Rory’s Regulations’. Patient safety is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we take sepsis so seriously.”

The award, the John M. Einsenberg Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the Local Level, will be presented during the NQF’s annual conference in March in Washington, D.C.

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