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Quality Measures

Sepsis Care

Sepsis is a complication that occurs when your body has an extreme response to an infection. It causes damage to organs in the body and can be life-threatening if not treated. Sepsis can sometimes turn into septic shock, which has a higher risk of death. Identifying sepsis early and starting appropriate care quickly increase the chances of survival.

Timely & Effective Sepsis Care

Percentage of patients who received appropriate care for severe sepsis and septic shock

Abington Hospital 52% *
Abington – Lansdale Hospital 64% *
Pennsylvania Average 55%
National Average 57%

Higher percentages are better.

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Sepsis is a complication that occurs when your body has an extreme response to an infection. It causes damage to organs in the body and can be life-threatening if not treated. If sepsis becomes severe enough or develops into septic shock, the chances of dying from sepsis increase significantly.
  • On average over 200,000 people in the United States die every year from sepsis. Anyone can develop sepsis, but older adults and people with weak immune systems have a higher risk for developing sepsis and a greater chance of dying from severe sepsis or septic shock.
  • Best practice guidelines show that early identification of sepsis and early appropriate care can lower the risk of death from sepsis.
  • This measure shows the percentage of patients with severe sepsis or septic shock for which a hospital provides appropriate care.

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*Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

Source: The information was provided from Hospital Compare (Data Collection period: 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2018), a quality tool developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You may use the information in Hospital Compare together with the other information you gather about hospitals as you decide where to get hospital services. You may want to contact your health care provider, your State Survey Agency or your state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for more information. If you have a complaint about the quality of the medical care you or a loved one received at a hospital, first contact the hospital's patient advocate. Or, contact your state QIO. If you have other complaints about a health care facility, contact your State Survey Agency. Additional information about hospitals may be found on the state websites.