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Care Bundles Improve Outcomes for Patients with Sepsis

April 16, 2015

Latest Hayes, Inc. resource reviews the rationale for bundled interventions

Sepsis is a deadly condition with a high mortality rate. In an effort to improve survival in patients with sepsis, clinicians have adopted care bundles—sets of clear evidence-based practices that, when reliably performed together, result in better patient outcomes than when they are implemented individually. The Evolution of Care Bundles for Sepsis, the latest white paper from Hayes, Inc., reviews how and why sepsis care bundles came to be and discusses how they may evolve in the future.

“Sepsis may lead to death in a large percentage of patients who come to the hospital for treatment,” says David Wade, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer at Hayes, Inc., and the author of the white paper. “Rapid treatment within the first few hours of diagnosis is the key to reducing mortality and morbidity.”

Many studies have reinforced the importance of early diagnosis and rapid treatment. Dr. Wade explains, “In thinking about this, I am struck by a phrase that comes from the world of fighter pilots and aerial combat. When you talk to fighter pilots about dog fighting, a phrase repeatedly rises to top as the most important thing. That phrase is Speed is Life. Sepsis is similar; the sooner you realize what is going on and start doing something about it, the better chance the patient will have of surviving.”

Care bundles enable clinicians to act quickly and strategically. In the United States, the most widely known sepsis care bundles are those published by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Interesting developments in sepsis management also are coming out of the United Kingdom, where clinicians have embraced the Sepsis Six 1-hour bundle, a set of 6 interventions to be performed within 1 hour of diagnosis.

Download your complimentary copy of The Evolution of Care Bundles for Sepsis today to learn more about how these practices are improving survival for patients with sepsis.