Camilla Radia-George (Innovation Projects Manager at BCV), Tammy Dinh (Senior Project Officer at BCV), Lizzie Summers (Improvement Lead at MH), Kelly Sykes (Sepsis Improvement Project Officer at MH), Karin Thursky (Professor, Clinical Lead, Director of Di
13 September 2017
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A World Sepsis Day Forum held at The Royal Melbourne Hospital on 13 September 2017 has shown how a reduction in sepsis mortality is being achieved.

An innovative whole of hospital Sepsis Pathway was developed and implemented as a Better Care Victoria Innovation Project. More than 700 episodes of care have been guided by this clinical pathway over the past year.

All areas across RMH are using the Sepsis Pathway and as a result, sepsis related ICU admissions have decreased from 24.6% to 8.2%.

Sepsis is a medical emergency and time is life. The RMH’s Adult Sepsis Pathway reduces delays in recognising and treating patients.

Sepsis is the overwhelming response of the body to severe infection. Sepsis causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. Globally, an estimated 20-30 million cases of sepsis occurs each year. In Australia the incidence of sepsis continues to rise. Sepsis is a medical emergency and early recognition and early treatment can save lives.

Director NHMRC National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Clinical Lead of Sepsis Pathway at RMH, Professor Karin Thursky, said the quick response and treatment by hospital staff is saving lives.

“Proper management of sepsis requires all staff – doctors, nurses, pharmacists to work together as a team to make sure our patients receive the best care every single time,” she said.

This conference-style event showcased successful initiatives implemented this year at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. It was a celebration of the significant reduction in sepsis related mortality, hospital length of stay, and ICU admissions for sepsis patients.

The event featured presentations by carers of those with sepsis, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and researchers. Panel members included A/Prof Jeffrey Presneill, Deputy Director Intensive Care Unit, Dr Roberto Citroni, Deputy Director of Physician Training, Dr Amith Shetty, Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Westmead Hospital Sydney, Dr Katarina Arandjelovic, Hospital Medical Officer and Ms Julie Halton, Clinical Nurse Educator.

The main message coming from the World Sepsis Day Forum is “Think Sepsis. Act Fast!” We are united in the fight against sepsis.

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