Stop Sepsis at Home!

Many people think of sepsis as a “hospital problem.” However, 80% of sepsis starts in the community. Septicemia (primary or secondary diagnosis) is the #2 cause of hospital admissions or readmissions from home care settings.

The Alliance has a Sepsis Work Group that is rolling out a home-based sepsis screening tool developed by the Home Care Association of New York State (HCANYS.) Cornerstone VNA in Rochester and SB Nursing Care in Tuftonboro have begun piloting the screening tool. NH’s QIN-QIO provided training. Jen Gullison, Chief Clinical Officer at Cornerstone and Sandy Babalis, Administrator at SB Nursing, have agreed to share their lessons learned implementing this initiative. Our goal is to have at least three more agencies launch the screening tool in 2020 and at least five more in 2021. If you’re interested in using the HCANYS tool with your patients, contact Gina Balkus.

In addition, the Alliance invited other providers to join a NH Sepsis Advisory Workgroup. This group consists of home care agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, the QIO, EMS, DHHS, a sepsis survivor and a patient/family advocate. The group’s purpose is to raise awareness of sepsis and encourage collaboration among providers to prevent, identify and quickly treat sepsis symptoms.

How aware is your agency’s care team about sepsis? Share this brief NAHC Sepsis Survey with all your caregivers. Their responses will help guide the development of sepsis resources for agencies across the country