ATLANTA – The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta for its project that reduced instances of sepsis in the hospital. The project titled, “System-wide Healthcare Collaborative for Sepsis Quality Initiative,” won second place in the Hospitals/Health Systems Category. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.
The goal of the project was to improve specific process measures to reduce instances of sepsis. A standardized set of criteria was developed as a guideline for sepsis screening and treatment. A sepsis algorithm, which contains specific steps to take to recognize and treat septic patients, was developed. All patients were screened for sepsis and patients who met criteria were treated within a certain time frame. Staff attended mandatory sepsis education. Results showed a 34 percent reduction in mortality.
“Preventing infection is one of the biggest priorities for hospitals statewide,” said Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) President Joseph Parker. “We applaud Piedmont Healthcare for its leadership and dedication in this critical area and its commitment to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients.”
The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.
Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.