One person dies every 2 minutes in the U.S. daily from sepsis. Many organizations have initiated programs around the caring for the septic patient that falls short of desired outcomes. As of October 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made sepsis a core measure. The complexity of the disease, the variability in presentation of the patient, and skill and knowledge level of the provider makes this core measure distinctly different and potentially a greater challenge to implement. To provide the right care to the right patient at the right time across the continuum, systems and processes need to be well defined. This webinar will focus on taking the learner through a four-tiered strategy for ensuring a robust program to identify patients early in the disease and manage them based on the latest evidence. Health equity and disparities is sepsis care will be discussed. Key implementation strategies for hard wiring the clinical and process behaviors will be revealed. Barriers with reliable actions to reduce their impact will be described and participants will have the opportunity to identify gaps between the evidence and their hospitals program.
Pat Posa is the Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager for UH/CVC at Michigan Medicine. She has held various roles in healthcare in the hospital, ambulatory setting and health plan over her 40 years in practice including manager of inpatient critical care units, Director of Nursing and administrator of an outpatient multispecialty/primary care clinic. . She was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Pat was also awarded the Michigan Hospital Association Quality and Patient Safety Leadership Award in 2017. Pat has published many articles in both clinical and quality journals. She lectures and consults extensively nationally on sepsis, various critical care, patient safety and quality topics.