Patient Safety

Stopping Sepsis in Long-Term Care

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This Special Innovation Project brings together Maryland nursing homes, hospitals and healthcare organizations to reduce sepsis rates and improve outcomes for patients. In partnership with HQI, the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), 25 nursing homes will implement recent, evidence-based interventions to improve the early detection and treatment of sepsis and other infections among older adults in long-term care.

The project builds on the MPSC’s successful Improving Sepsis Survival Collaborative, which aims to reduce sepsis mortality in hospitals. HQI will identify the nursing homes generating the highest number of sepsis-related admissions to hospitals that are participating in the MPSC sepsis collaborative.

Those nursing homes will receive training, tools, data analyses and consultation from HQI, and will be able to learn from the best practices of their industry peers. Additionally, MPSC, MHA and HQI will together create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between Maryland hospitals and nursing homes that share sepsis reduction goals.

For more information, contact Candace Hamner, RN, BA, MA, Improvement Consultant, at You can sign up by completing the following form.