The Sepsis Breakthrough Collaborative's first learning session was held on August 30 and 31.
Sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Queensland sepsis has increased from 13,087 episodes in 2013/14 to more than 21,000 episodes recorded in 2016/17 equating to 58 episodes each day. In 2016/17 more than 2,000 of these patients died. The estimated cost of caring for sepsis patients in 2015/16 was more than $460 million.
The collaborative brings teams from a large number of hospitals together to seek improvement in the treatment of patients with sepsis. A key benefit of participation in a breakthrough collaborative is that teams working together on an agreed topic can achieve greater improvement than can otherwise be achieved individually.
The collaborative is using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s proven improvement methodology and will provide participating teams with intensive support and coaching to reliably implement evidence based practices aimed at reducing harm to adults and children from sepsis.
The learning sessions are followed by 'action periods' where teams work on the project in their facilities.