CHA News Article

California Hospitals Significantly Decrease Sepsis Mortality Rate
New infographic illustrates best care strategies

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality nationwide and the third most common cause of hospitalization. Analysis from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database indicates that 98 percent of patients with a sepsis diagnosis arrived at the hospital with sepsis. California hospitals, however, are tackling surviving sepsis and have made steady and consistent progress in saving lives through rapid identification and aggressive treatment using sepsis bundles. From 2010-15, the sepsis case-mortality rate in the state fell by 30 percent — a decrease of 5 to 9 percent each year — resulting in an aggregate 17.1 percent case mortality in California. While this is a favorable statistic, it is not enough; the annual steady reduction should accelerate based on the work in California hospitals today.

CHA and the Hospital Quality Institute have produced an infographic to illustrate for the general public California hospitals’ work on sepsis reduction, in an attempt to foster collaboration around best care strategies in a rapidly changing and complex scientific and clinical environment. Of particular note is the emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention.