GE Healthcare’s Education Services team is being honored as a Sepsis Hero for championing the cause of sepsis awareness at a ceremony held in New York City on September 12.
The award is in recognition of the steps GE Healthcare is taking in combating a growing problem that plagues hospitals globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.7 million people each year get a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) during a hospital stay.*
The award coincides with Sepsis Awareness month, an initiative created by the Sepsis Alliance in which the overarching goal is to raise awareness of sepsis as well as detecting and treating an infection in the early stages. The Sepsis Alliance—a nonprofit patient advocacy organization—aims to help identify sepsis, its risk factors, and treatments, as well as reduce death and injury caused by the condition.
"GE Healthcare is honored to be among the distinguished recipients of the Sepsis Hero awards," said Sara McMannus, Clinical Program Manager, Education Services, GE Healthcare. "We believe education, awareness and technology are critical to helping healthcare professionals recognize sepsis sooner and take immediate action. Together, we will all be part of the solution to help to save the lives of patients around the world."
Each year 99,000 deaths are attributable to HAIs** in the U.S. alone, more than Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined.* Misdiagnosis at an early stage results in more than 200,000 people dying of Sepsis each year.*
GE Healthcare’s Education Services team has highlighted the need to educate and raise awareness about sepsis among healthcare professionals. Its online resource: Nursing Library of Online Education aims to catalogue the latest scientific research and current best practices providing continuing education for practicing nurses.
One such course: Communication: Sounding the Alarm for Sepsis, aims to bring the subject of sepsis to the forefront of hospital hygiene and provide nurses and clinicians with the educational insight and training around this topic.
In addition, GE Healthcare has also provided professional education sessions about sepsis at professional conferences, such as at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Through these resources, GE Healthcare continues to take the lead in raising sepsis awareness.
GE Healthcare’s Commitment to Patient Safety
Sepsis is difficult to diagnose and treat and achieving compliance with accepted standards of care remains a challenge for many hospitals. Advances in clinical education, information management, early detection and accurate diagnosis must be made in order to assist patient treatment and monitoring.
It has been estimated that HAIs have been on the rise not only in the U.S. but worldwide. In the U.S. HAIs have cost the taxpayer $3-4 billion in healthcare costs.*** In addition, it has been estimated that between 20-40 percent of HAIs are transmitted to patients from hospital employees.**** Simple actions such as hand hygiene has been identified as one of the easiest and most effective ways in preventing these infections. GE Healthcare is committed to helping providers improve outcomes for patients; addressing sepsis and other hospital acquired infections through education, awareness and technology is a key part of that strategy.
* – Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and Deaths in U.S. Hospitals, 2002. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public Health Reports / March–April 2007 / Volume 122.
** – GE Healthcare. (2013). Hospital Operations Management: Patient Safety – Hand Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/Services/Hospital_Operations_Management/Patient_Safety
*** – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007.
****- Weber DJ et al. Role of hospital surfaces in the transmission of emerging health care-associated pathogens: norovirus, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter species. Am J Infect Control. 2010 Jun;38(5 Suppl 1):S25-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.04.196.
(L-R) Sara McMannus, Clinical Program Manager, Dose & Education Services and Agnes Berzsenyi, General Manager, Dose & Education Services at the Sepsis Hero’s award last night.