Laguna Hills, CA, May 20, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of sepsis are crucial to improving patient outcomes and saving lives in hospitals. In an effort to reverse a national trend of increasing sepsis rates, Saddleback Memorial is participating in a Sepsis Quality Initiative Program by Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC). The MSC Sepsis Program offers breakthrough technology and training that will engage medical and nursing personnel who work daily to save lives in Orange County, California.
The Hospital Association of Southern California, in partnership with the statewide initiative “Patient Safety First…A California Partnership for Health” and funded by Anthem Blue Cross, is sponsoring this regional education and simulation activity to help hospitals reduce mortality from sepsis.
Saddleback Memorial is participating in this specialized physician and nursing educational program which takes place May 19th through May 23rd. California hospitals that have participated in the PSF initiative since 2010 have saved 3,576 lives as a result of reducing sepsis mortality (26% reduction).
“This unique program will help our nurses and physicians develop confidence in applying best practices in sepsis identification and treatment, as well as improving communication skills and teamwork, to help meet the goal of reduction in sepsis-associated mortality,” says Kathy Dawson, Chief Nursing Officer at Saddleback Memorial. “This training will directly result in saving lives and represents a valuable benefit for our entire community.”
Sepsis can begin as a normal infection in people of all ages, but is particularly dangerous in newborn infants and the elderly. When the infection enters the body's bloodstream, it can result in a deadly outcome. Sepsis is a serious issue facing all healthcare professionals since over 200,000 people die annually from Sepsis infections in the U.S.
Physicians and nurses from area hospitals will attend Sepsis early detection and treatment training at Saddleback Memorial through the MSC Sepsis Quality Initiative Program. MSC accelerates and standardizes evidence-based practice across the care continuum twice as fast and at half the cost of traditional approaches to practice adoption.
The MSC Sepsis Quality Initiative Program utilizes lifelike simulated mannequins that healthcare professionals interact with much as they would with real patients to diagnose and treat conditions such as sepsis. Each year Sepsis strikes over one million people in the U.S. alone. Sepsis is the 11th most common cause of death and is the leading cause of death for critically ill hospital patients in the U.S. The MSC Sepsis Program focuses on the early identification and treatment of sepsis, based on the national Surviving Sepsis Campaign 2012 guidelines.
Local healthcare professionals seeking information regarding the Beacon Collaborative and “Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health” initiative may contact Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at the Hospital Association of Southern California at www.hasc.org. For more information about the MSC’s Sepsis Quality Solutions, please visit www.medsimulation.com.
About Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
With campuses in Laguna Hills and San Clemente, Saddleback Memorial provides exceptional medical expertise across a range of treatment areas including cancer, stroke, and cardiac care. Innovations like robotic surgery, low dose CT, and dedicated breast MRI set us apart. In addition, The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial – Laguna Hills offers special comfort and care to new mothers and their babies. A proud member of the MemorialCare Health System and named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the past three years, Saddleback Memorial continues to provide comprehensive care for patients at every stage of their lives. For more information, go to www.memorialcare.org/saddleback.
About MemorialCare Health System
MemorialCare Health System is a not-for profit, integrated delivery system that includes five top hospitals – Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial in Fountain Valley, and Saddleback Memorial in Laguna Hills and San Clemente; a medical group – MemorialCare Medical Group; an Independent Practice Association (IPA) – Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare HealthExpress retail clinics; ambulatory surgery centers and numerous outpatient health centers throughout the Southland. For more information, go to www.memorialcare.org.