Outstanding Reductions in Sepsis Mortality

I am pleased to announce that SBUH has achieved outstanding results in reducing mortality in our patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

From January 2011 to January 2014, Stony Brook achieved an 85 percent survival rate among 263 patients treated at SBUH. This rate compares very favorably to a 74 percent survival rate among other hospitals participating in a “Stop Sepsis” Collaborative during this time.

The collaborative is a joint partnership between the Greater New York Hospital Association and the United Hospital Fund. The idea is to reduce mortality in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock by developing a protocol-based approach to case identification and rapid treatment, and to enhance communication and patient flow between the Emergency Department and other areas of the hospital – in particular, the ICUs.

The collaborative’s objective is to reduce the time of antibiotic initiation to less than one hour after a patient in the Emergency Department is recognized as having severe sepsis. Another objective is to meet sepsis resuscitation goals within six hours or less once a patient is recognized as having sepsis. Stony Brook is meeting those goals within 4.45 hours on average, compared to other hospitals at 10.56 hours.

As members of the Stony Brook staff, you should be justifiably proud of these achievements. Our patients benefit, because early recognition of symptoms and treatment greatly improves their chances of recovery. Sepsis is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In severe cases, sepsis can shut down the body’s essential organs.

The public also benefits from reduced healthcare spending, because sepsis creates an estimated $16.7 billion in healthcare costs annually. Anything we can do to reduce sepsis helps reduce those costs.

As CEO of SBUH, I just want to say “congratulations” – and thanks to everyone who has played a role in achieving these outstanding results!


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