Surviving Sepsis: Early Recognition + Management Saves Lives

One person dies every 2 minutes in the U.S. daily from sepsis. Survivors can experience cognitive, mental and functional deficits long after the acute illness has resolved. Many organizations have initiated programs around 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. In order 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 workshop 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 in 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 create test of change action plans to help address those barriers.


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This material was prepared by Compass HQIC Network a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. 12SOW Compass HQIC Network/Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor – [0157] – 05/10/2022.

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  • Quality Improvement
  • Specialists Nurses 
  • Physicians
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Pat Posa RN, BSN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN is the Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager for UH/CVC at Michigan Medicine. In this role, she is responsible for development, measurement and sustainability of the UH/CVC segment quality and patient safety program. Pat Posa most recently was a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Southeastern Michigan leading initiatives to reduce hospital acquired conditions, improve patient outcomes for critically ill patients and reduce readmissions. She also worked as the Population Health Clinical Integration Leader. In this role, she has implemented a risk prediction tool and associated interventions within the hospital and post-acute settings. She also worked as a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. 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.  

Pat has been involved in many quality and patient safety programs such as, hospital and system wide sepsis management program and a statewide Keystone intensive care unit (ICU) patient safety initiative. She has been faculty for multiple state and national clinical collaboratives including the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Phase IV Collaborative, the national project on Comprehensive Unit Safety Program (CUSP) for Mechanically Ventilated Patients and Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative. Pat has been a member and co-chair of SCCM’s ICU Liberation Committee. Through Pat’s leadership St. Joseph Mercy Hospital was awarded the HHS/Critical Care Societies Outstanding Leadership in Eliminating Central Line Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) in 2011. 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.  

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