WellSpan Health has received the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, recognizing its innovative Sepsis Central Alert Team.
The team earned the award as an example of successful system changes or interventions that make care safer or advocate on a patient’s behalf. Begun in 2017, the team is a group of registered nurses with critical care and emergency medicine experience who continuously monitor patients for signs of sepsis at five WellSpan hospitals from a remote “bunker.”
The team is notified when WellSpan’s electronic health record system detects symptoms of sepsis in a patient’s vital signs, including temperature and heart rate, and lab results. When notified of these markers, the team directly contacts the patient’s physician or nurse, so they can determine if the patient may be septic or clinically unstable, and consider administering life-saving drugs, fluids and other interventions.
The team has saved an estimated 350 lives since its inception, as it dramatically shortened the time it takes WellSpan to respond to sepsis cases and speeded up the time that patients receive lifesaving medications.
WellSpan is honored to receive this award, joining previous winners that include the Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hermann Health System in Texas, Kaiser Permanente in California and Henry Ford Health System in Michigan.
“WellSpan teams are reimagining healthcare by providing nation-leading quality and safety for sepsis care,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of WellSpan Health. “This prestigious honor is a testament to their innovation while finding a better way to improve the health of our communities.”
“The team is a marriage of real-time electronic healthcare data and a highly skilled clinical team,” said Steven Delaveris, D.O., vice president of medical services, WellSpan Health. “That powerful combination results in WellSpan hospitals having some of the best survival rates for sepsis in the country. In real terms, this team is saving lives.”