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Surviving Sepsis: How Health IT Saves One Life Per Week

2:30pm - 3:30pm Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Sepsis is a top patient safety issue for virtually every hospital: One in three patients who die while hospitalized have sepsis—more than 250,000 Americans each year. It’s also the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing $24 billion annually. It was these national facts and figures that prompted clinical leaders at University of Utah Health (UUH) to target sepsis as an area for quality improvement in 2014. Their initial analysis revealed that severe sepsis was the No. 3 cause of death at University Hospital, accounting for 42 percent of all mortality. UUH realized they had room to improve, and knew that more accurately detecting and responding to signs of sepsis was key to improving outcomes. In this session, the speakers will walk you through how they improved sepsis awareness and share lessons learned along the way that you can take back to your organization.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain why sepsis poses a unique challenge to hospitals and the imperative to improve the way it is recognized and treated
  • Define the process and resources required to successfully redefine sepsis recognition and treatment workflows hospital-wide
  • Demonstrate how your EHR and communication technology can leverage interoperability to deliver sepsis alerts to the right caregivers
  • Illustrate the real-world results UUH was able to accomplish and apply them at your own organization


Hospitalist and Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine/Director, Sepsis and MEWS Initiative,
University of Utah Health
Senior Value Engineer,
University of Utah Health


Chief Quality, Chief Clin Transformation Officer
Clinical Informaticists