AHA Members in Action: Augusta Health – Fishersville, VA

Patient safety initiatives have been foundational to Augusta Health’s mission since the 255-bed community hospital opened in 1994. As part of the hospital’s ongoing patient safety efforts, Augusta Health established a sepsis task force in 2015 to find ways to reduce sepsis mortality. Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of an infection, and 62% of people hospitalized with sepsis are readmitted within 30 days. Because 86% of patients with sepsis are diagnosed in emergency departments, Augusta Health’s leaders decided to target its own ED to tackle sepsis.

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