Posted on November 22, 2016
In previous posts, I have noted the heavy toll that sepsis takes on patients and their families. In addition to the human toll, there is also a significant financial burden. With a national price tag of $24 billion a year, the financial cost of sepsis cannot be ignored. My colleague, Dr. Steve Claypool, has written about how a technology driven approach to sepsis, supported by change management, significantly improves patient outcomes. The same strategy can also translate into improvements to hospital financials as well.
Sepsis costs are large and growing, let’s look at some key numbers:
Early identification and treatment are crucial to reducing sepsis mortality, LOS and, by extension, the cost of treatment. One key to reaching these goals lies in the patient data in hospitals’ existing clinical systems. By leveraging tools, such as electronic surveillance and rules-based clinical decision support (CDS), clinicians can receive accurate, real-time alerts and medical advice that allow them to more effectively identify sepsis early and begin timely treatments. At Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, the clinicians were able to use POC Advisor to reduce LOS in the ICU for sepsis patients. Using these types of innovative tools will provide the opportunity for healthcare facilities to reduce costs, while improving patient outcomes for sepsis.