Wisconsin Health News: Wisconsin hospitals target sepsis mortality rates in quality work

Wisconsin Health News: Wisconsin hospitals target sepsis mortality rates in quality work

Wisconsin hospitals have made strides in cutting the death rate from extreme reactions to infections, according to a Tuesday Wisconsin Hospital Association report detailing members’ quality improvement efforts.

Last year, the sepsis mortality rate was 17.1 percent, a 32 percent decline from 2010. That was below the national average, according to WHA.

The report profiled hospitals and their work in preventing falls, reducing infections, patient and family engagement and other factors that influence quality.

It also highlighted hospitals’ work in fighting the opioid epidemic, including a new initiative started last fall by WHA and hospital associations in Michigan and Illinois to reduce the number of opioids prescribed in hospital emergency departments.

The goal of the joint effort is to cut hospital emergency department opioid use and prescribing by 10 percent this fall.

WHA said in the report it wants to work with legislators to enhance their quality efforts.

“We must work to remove regulatory barriers getting in the way of expanding telemedicine, develop policies that enhance post-acute care capacity once a patient is discharged from the hospital and increase reimbursement for hospitals that serve Medicaid patients so they can sustain quality improvement programs and expand access to care,” the report noted.

Read the full Wisconsin Health News article here.