The broader Queensland Sepsis Program was launched at the Sepsis Forum on 30 May 2017. The program is using a phased approach, starting with adult emergency departments where around 80 per cent of all sepsis episodes present.
An emergency department adult sepsis clinical pathway has been designed for trial, with a pilot established at Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department where the sepsis pathway and change package was tested and evaluated using Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Model for Improvement.
The pathway will be used in conjunction with the Queensland Adult Deterioration Detection System (Q-ADDS), which helps clinicians to identify a deteriorating patient and to escalate their care. The charts were designed in conjunction with clinicians and feature a simplistic and user-friendly design. The resources are used in almost all Queensland Health facilities and will be integrated electronically as part of the Digital Hospital Program. Queensland Health also recently signed an agreement with the United Nations to allow the use of Q-ADDS in UN-operated facilities all over the world.