STOP Sepsis

STOP Sepsis (Standard Techniques, Operations and Procedures for Sepsis) brings together hospitals, EMS and long-term care facilities to create a more cohesive continuum of care in Kansas communities.

The STOP Sepsis program prepares leaders and educators to train colleagues on evidence-based care of sepsis and to lead sepsis quality-improvement initiatives.

The education, continuing education and data collection efforts are customized to each provider type. To provide one-on-one engagement, STOP Sepsis recently integrated the program into a broader statewide outreach effort.

STOP Sepsis has successfully transitioned from a primary focus on provider education to an emphasis on provider engagement. It operates with direct cooperation of The University of Kansas Health System Care Collaborative.

To provide a comprehensive training experience, STOP Sepsis is now divided into 2 types of training sessions.

For more information or to implement a sepsis initiative, contact Nicole Palmer, DSRIP program manager, 913-588-7860 or email npalmer@kumc.edu.

Time-critical diagnosis management

Participants learn about the components of STEMI, stroke and sepsis care. Current evidence-based guidelines drive best practices for these time-critical diagnoses (TCD).

Standardized care embedded into order sets and associated time goals are reviewed in this training to assist your facility in providing prompt, appropriate care for patients who might be experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or sepsis.

Program objectives

  • Identify ischemia injury and infarct changes typically seen on a 12-lead EKG to improve STEMI recognition
  • Initiate appropriate drug therapy based on current STEMI national guidelines, including indications, contraindications and dosing
  • List time goals recommended by current STEMI guidelines and select appropriate care based on hospital capabilities and distance to PCI-capable hospital
  • Contrast and compare signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Recall and list stroke types and mimics
  • Discuss and choose appropriate level of stroke care based upon symptoms, hospital capabilities and latest evidence
  • Identify barriers to timely treatment of sepsis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based sepsis protocols
  • Understand the process of developing a QI project for sepsis

Improving sepsis outcomes across the continuum of care

Every day hundreds of Americans are affected by sepsis – a serious infection caused by germs invading the body. STOP Sepsis works in cooperation with the Kansas Sepsis Project.

The overall goal of the training is to increase awareness and management of sepsis.

Program objectives

  • Discuss the goals of the Kansas Sepsis Project
  • Learn that sepsis is frequent, deadly, debilitating and often unrecognized
  • Distinguish the clinical features of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock
  • Initiate an integrated team-based, patient-centered approach to managing sepsis across the continuum, including nursing homes, EMS and hospitals

Participation, reporting and performance compensation

The University of Kansas Health System and the STOP Sepsis team offer compensation based on participation, reporting and performance milestones. All payments are subject to submission of required documentation. The compensation system is available to hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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