Posted on September 08, 2017
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to infection. It kills more than 250,000 and affects an estimated 750,000 Americans every year, and is the leading cause of death in noncardiac, critically ill patients in the U.S.
However, if identified and treated early, outcomes can drastically improve.
The MHA Keystone Center recently aimed to tackle sepsis by offering sepsis simulations to its members. The simulations make huge strides to reduce the number of sepsis-related deaths by focusing on sharing best practices for identification and treatment of sepsis.
Sepsis simulations are free of charge and allow hands-on experience and practice. They also provide much-needed clarity to hospital members and equip them with the necessary tools and resources to take their sepsis program to the next level.
Staff members of the MHA Keystone Center and member hospitals participated in sepsis simulations Aug. 3 at the Superior Simulation Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, and Aug. 25 at MidMichigan Health, Midland. Both events were facilitated by clinical subject expert Pat Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, quality excellence leader, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.
During each four-hour simulation, participants split into groups to complete a progressive, multipart scenario. A 15 to 20 minute pre-briefing occurs before each scenario. Each group has an opportunity to act as well as observe during the scenarios. Participants can refer to a debriefing guide to review their observations. Debriefing for each scenario lasts 20-30 minutes, and participants can reflect on their experience after the simulation is complete.
Over the past month, the number of simulation participants has more than doubled. The MHA Keystone Center attributes the success to sepsis currently being a hot topic and a big issue for healthcare professionals.
Three additional sepsis simulation trainings will be held throughout the remainder of 2017. Tentative dates include Sept. 25, Nov. 6 and Nov. 27. Sepsis simulations are currently conducted on an invitation-only basis. For more information, contact Corine Pope at the MHA.
Photo Caption: MHA Keystone Center and member hospitals’ staff participated in sepsis simulations in August 2017 to equip participants with the necessary tools and resources to take their sepsis program to the next level.
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