Sepsis Alliance & Elara Caring Partner to Improve COVID-19 and Sepsis Outcomes in Home Healthcare Patients
July 1, 2020
Public-private collaboration aimed at providing home healthcare workers with training and education on sepsis
Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s first and leading sepsis organization, and Elara Caring, one of the nation’s largest providers of home-based care, have embarked on a public-private collaboration to improve care and outcomes for COVID-19 patients with sepsis in the home care setting. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to an infection, such as COVID-19, that affects 1.7 million individuals and takes an estimated 270,000 lives every year in the United States.
Through this unique public-private collaboration, Sepsis Alliance is working with Elara Caring to develop an internal web-based training program for Elara Caring staff on the critical components of care and post-hospital care for patients with COVID-19 and sepsis. Elara Caring staff will also have access to Sepsis Alliance’s Sepsis and Home Healthcare training module for additional education on sepsis prevention and care.
“Studies coming out of Wuhan, China, and our experts here in the U.S. are finding that sepsis is a leading, if not the number one, fatal complication of COVID-19,” said Karin Molander, MD, FACEP, Chair, Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors. “With many COVID-19 patients discharged from the hospital to a home care setting, and conversely with many home healthcare patients at increased risk for COVID-19, it is extremely important for home healthcare providers to understand the connection between COVID-19 and sepsis and how to provide optimal care.”
“Given the populations we serve, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for the home health care industry across the country, but our commitment to our patients’ safety remains our top priority,” said Ian Gordon, President of Operations at Elara Caring. “Through this partnership with the Sepsis Alliance, we are ensuring that our staff has access to the latest training as we continue to improve outcomes and keep our patients healthy during this crisis. We are providing the quality and compassionate care that our patients need and deserve, in the place they feel most comfortable – their homes.”
As part of this collaboration, Elara Caring provided commercial support for COVID-19, Sepsis, and Home Health Care, a webinar that covered screening and care protocols for both sick at home COVID-19 patients and recently discharged patients. This webinar is now available on The Sepsis Institute and can be taken for nursing continuing education contact hours. To access this webinar and other COVID-19 and sepsis webinars, visit www.sepsisinstitute.org.
About Sepsis Alliance
Sepsis Alliance is the first and leading sepsis organization in the U.S., working to save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care. In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professionals and community members together in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Since 2003, sepsis awareness in the U.S. has risen from 19% to 65%. Sepsis Alliance is a GuideStar Gold Rated charity. For more information, please visit www.sepsis.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.
About Elara Caring
Elara Caring (www.elara.com) is one of the nation’s largest providers of home-based care, with a footprint in the Northeast, Midwest and South. Elara brings together three award-winning organizations — Great Lakes Caring, National Home Health Care, and Jordan Health Services — into one transformational company, which provides the highest-quality comprehensive care continuum of personal care, skilled home health, hospice care and behavioral health. The company, comprised of 35,000 caregivers serving over 60,000 patients, in 225 locations across 16 states daily, is focused on providing patients with the “right care, at the right time, in the right place.”