Recognized for Their Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup
(AUSTIN, Texas – March 10, 2021) – The Texas Hospital Association named Texas Health Resources in Arlington as a recipient of the 2020 Bill Aston Award for Quality.
The THA Bill Aston Award for Quality honors a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis attributes nearly 270,000 deaths in the United States annually, with expenses approaching $20 billion per year. Because of sepsis' impact, Texas Health Resources adopted sepsis mortality as a key performance indicator to decrease mortality in 2016.
The Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup focuses on standardizing how Texas Health Resources cares for sepsis patients and consists of members from various disciplines, including quality, nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, physicians, clinical decision support and other stakeholders.
As a result of the Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup, the outcome metric of sepsis-related mortality at THR decreased from 11.23% in 2015 to 7.07% in 2019, approaching the top-decile for the metric.
The Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup at Texas Health Resources has affected change by supporting all sepsis-related items. The workgroup meets monthly to discuss best practices and review cases, both concurrently and retrospectively.