The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) and the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) are partnering to bring a severe sepsis mortality reduction initiative to Maryland’s hospitals.

Under the new waiver, Maryland must reduce infections and other hospital-acquired conditions by 30 percent in 5 years. To achieve this target, we need to focus on high-cost, high-volume, potentially preventable complications that have the greatest opportunity for improvement. One of the complications prioritized in the waiver application is sepsis. Sepsis occurs when an infection, such as pneumonia, triggers a cascading, whole-body inflammatory response that, if left untreated, can rapidly lead to progressive organ failure and death. In addition to being among the top 10 most common potentially preventable complications across Maryland’s hospitals and one of the leading causes of mortality, patients being treated for sepsis are among the most likely to be readmitted. 

A shared goal of MHA and MPSC is to provide opportunities for hospital staff to convene in-person and virtually to learn from and share with each other and a panel of experts how to implement early identification processes and improve communication and patient flow between the emergency department and other areas of the hospital to reduce sepsis mortality.

Visit the main Improving Sepsis Survival website at the Maryland Patient Safety Center.

Improving Sepsis Outcomes through Coordinated Early Recognition, Assessment and Treatment
Presenters: Dr. Richard  Ferraro, Medical Director, Emergency Department, and Dr. Darin Mann, Director of Pre-Hospital Care, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

Other Resources
Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Sepsis Alliance
Global Sepsis Alliance
Rory Staunton Foundation
World Sepsis Day

Hospitals participating in 
Cohort 1 of the Improving Sepsis Survival Initiative:

  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Frederick Regional Health System
  • Garrett County Memorial Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Hospitals participating in 
Cohort 2 of the Improving Sepsis Survival Initiative:

  • Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
  • Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Shady Grove Medical Center
  • Suburban Hospital
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
  • Washington Adventist Hospital
  • Western Maryland Health System
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