Island Health's Path to Improved Sepsis Recognition and Care
Improving early recognition and management of sepsis is a priority at Island Health. Through the Sepsis Quality Improvement project and thanks to patient partners and dedicated staff and physicians, organization-wide practice change is underway.
After a pilot site launch of sepsis tools at Victoria General Hospital in 2021, tools and supports are being introduced at all acute care sites. Since the launch, the tools have been adapted based on early feedback and more recently to address laboratory and clinical staffing resource challenges and supply constraints, while remaining within best practice standards.
Three preliminary measures were identified to support improvement opportunities:
- Increase the percentage of sepsis patients with a blood culture.
- Reduce length of time between presentation and blood culture draw.
- Increase lactate measurement. Site level measures are available for clinical teams to track these clinical processes as the new tools are adopted.
Despite the many challenges facing health care delivery today, the dedication to patient safety and quality improvement is demonstrated in this initiative by the entire team including direct patient care and support staff, laboratory and pharmacy staff, physicians and leaders.