Sepsis Alliance Encourages New Jersey’s Sepsis Strategy


September 1st, 2017

Sepsis Alliance offers a letter of support to the New Jersey Department of Health

Sepsis Alliance is encouraged with the steps taken by New Jersey Department of Health in its commitment to saving lives and preventing serious injury from sepsis. Sepsis Alliance supports the promulgation of a new rule (N.J.A.C. 8:43G-14.9) that would require all hospitals to institute a sepsis protocol and require regular sepsis training of hospital personnel. It is through efforts like this that we can reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to sepsis.

Notably, the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has already successfully reduced sepsis mortality by 11% in their hospitals, and member hospitals have implemented hospital-wide screening tools and sepsis protocols. These two steps alone have had a significant impact on sepsis numbers. However, much work still needs to be done in relation to education and training of all healthcare providers and the general public itself. Until there is 100% participation among all facilities, people will still die or be severely affected by sepsis.

Sepsis Alliance recently submitted a letter of support to Cathleen D. Bennett, Commissioner of the Department of Health, with the following suggestions for education that would further support the effort:

  • Training (and regular re-training) of all hospital staff on protocols and the identification and treatment of sepsis.
  • Education of primary care providers in identification and treatment of sepsis; 70% of sepsis patients have chronic ailments or recently were treated by a medical provider, making primary care a critical opportunity for patient education and early identification of sepsis.
  • Training of first responders to identify sepsis; nearly one half of sepsis cases travel in an ambulance, creating a life-saving opportunity for early diagnosis and expedited transition to the hospital emergency team.
  • Education of care transition providers, such as those who work in home health, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and others, to identify and treat or refer sepsis patients to urgent medical care.
  • Education of the general public to identify sepsis as a medical emergency, given that as many as 92% of sepsis cases originate in the community making early patient identification a key to rapid treatment.

Sepsis Alliance has developed many relationships with state-wide and regional healthcare systems, health professionals, industry professionals, professional organizations, and members of the public. As such Sepsis Alliance is well placed to provide assistance to hospitals and facilities in the state of New Jersey to support the state’s effort to become a national leader in sepsis prevention, early identification, and treatment. Sepsis Alliance looks forward to helping make this goal a reality.

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About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the leading nonprofit patient sepsis advocacy organization in North America with a mission to save lives by raising sepsis awareness as a medical emergency. Sepsis education for the public and healthcare professionals is at the forefront of all initiatives, which include hosting national and community events, distributing programming information and materials, as well as training and education on sepsis prevention and early recognition and treatment. Sepsis Alliance officially designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month in 2011, which is now recognized internationally by sepsis advocates and further raises sepsis awareness. The sepsis.org website receives more than 1.5 million visits each year. Sepsis Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a GuideStar Gold Rated Charity. For more information, please visit www.sepsis.org.