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Surviving Sepsis

Each day hundreds of Americans are affected by sepsis – a serious infection caused by germs invading the body. The University of Kansas Health System has made several efforts to improve sepsis treatment in Kansas City. We are participating in the Kansas Sepsis Project to help train rural Kansas physicians to recognize the signs of sepsis so treatment can occur as soon as possible.

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About sepsis

Sepsis is an infection that can attack a small area of the body, such as a tooth abscess, or it can be widespread. Because sepsis is not usually detected until it has progressed to severe sepsis or septic shock, patients are at risk for organ failure and death.

Improving sepsis outcomes

The University of Kansas Health System has made great strides to improve sepsis outcomes. Our health system developed a sepsis screening test that is quick and easy to use, and created a well-established sepsis management protocol. Nurses, staff and others taking care of patients are trained to recognize the signs of sepsis and how to move patients into treatment. Members of our staff are also speaking to physicians and nurses nationwide about how to recognize the symptoms and test for sepsis.

The Kansas Sepsis Project
Our health system has taken a leadership role in the Kansas Sepsis Project, a campaign that focuses on continuing medical education to reduce sepsis mortality rates. Through this initiative, participating physicians provide sepsis education to rural physicians through webcasts and on-site meetings. In helping other medical professionals learn to identify and treat sepsis before it becomes severe, we can greatly impact the number of lives saved.

The Kansas Sepsis Project was established in 2009. The campaign began with critical access hospitals in northwest Kansas, and is expanding throughout the state. Ultimately, the program aims to expand the project throughout the country and reduce mortality from sepsis in the United States.