Dec 11

Sepsis Mortality

12/11/17 | Maximize Quality

Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital mortality. Sepsis diagnoses are present in 40% of MU Health Care’s mortalities and we are at the Vizient top-quartile performance for sepsis observed to expected (O:E) mortality for the quarter ending June 30, 2017.

A cross-functional team comprised of physicians, Office of Clinical Effectiveness, and IT are collaborating on these key focus areas and closely monitoring outcomes to drive toward our aim of top-decile performance for sepsis O:E mortality.

Technology and access to data were identified early on as an opportunity for improvement. Therefore, we implemented the following changes:

  • Deployed Sepsis Alerts throughout the health system
  • Deployed clinical decision support embedded in the EHR
  • Standardized protocols and documentation within the EHR
  • Created robust data repository related to sepsis that can be mined for outcomes and performance improvement initiatives

Standardization of care and access to data results in improvements in bundle compliance with a corresponding reduction in mortality.



We are developing a tool that will give providers sepsis treatment real-time bundle compliance, directly within their workflow. The Sepsis Team is developing dashboards to give ED and inpatient providers information to retrospectively analyze the care they provide.