Hospitals Report Results of SSC Implementation

Four hospitals in Detroit reported their success in implementing the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC), demonstrating improved frequency of blood culture testing before antibiotic administration and significant improvement in the time to antibiotic treatment — from a mean of approximately 182 minutes to 92 minutes. The four hospitals participated in a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

“While guidelines provide a roadmap for patient care, successful implementation relies on consistent patterns of clinician practice to achieve optimal outcomes,” said lead author of the study and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member Maria Teresa Palleschi, CCRN, DNP, ACNP, of Detroit Medical Center. “Educating staff is essential to the process of improving patient outcomes, and the results of our study showed the relationship between education and sampling of lactate and blood cultures, as well as timeliness of antibiotic administration.”

Learn more about the tools needed to implement the SSC at www.survivingsepsis.org and get involved in the community at www.facebook.com/survivingsepsis.

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