The New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety is committed to working with its members to improve hospital sepsis care and associated patient outcomes. New Jersey’s statewide inpatient severe sepsis mortality rate is close to 30 percent, with a national rate ranging from 20 to 50 percent. Quality improvement agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and National Quality Forum, have made reducing sepsis rates a national healthcare priority.

The mission of the New Jersey 2015 Sepsis Learning-Action collaborative is to spread evidence-based sepsis interventions beyond ICUs and EDs to medical-surgical patient populations. This will be achieved by utilizing a systems-based approach to harness the combined power of physician and nursing leadership, executive support, clinical expertise, unit-based engagement and information technology.

Our goal is that by the end of 2015, all New Jersey hospitals will:

  1. Implement sepsis early recognition screening and standardized sepsis treatment protocols.
  2. Reduce severe sepsis mortality rates in New Jersey by 20 percent.


On December 3rd, more than 100 physicians, nurses and pharmacists attended the second face-to-face learning session of NJHA’s Sepsis Learning Action Collaborative.  Attendees heard updates on the collaborative’s work and learned about the “6-hour bundle” of practices. The morning was spent learning about the progress to date from Dr. Phil Dellinger and Christa Schorr from Cooper University Health Care. All of the participating organizations brought posters describing their efforts, including what worked, what didn’t and what findings most surprised them. In the afternoon session, all teams discussed their posters and their experiences. That sharing is a key component of the collaborative approach.

A summary report, the New Jersey Sepsis Learning-Action Collaborative 2015 – A Year of Progress, was given to every participant and documented teams’ goals, what they might have done differently and what surprised them. Click below to access the report.


The New Jersey Sepsis Learning - Action Collaborative is pleased to announce the release of our new sepsis resource guide Toolkit for Post-Acute Care Settings

This toolkit is a resource to assist healthcare organizations in implementing an early severe sepsis identification and treatment program in the post-acute (facility based) healthcare setting. It is designed to provide post-acute healthcare organizations with an evidence-based communication tool, staff education and care pathway to assist in improving care processes to more quickly identify patients with severe sepsis and to provide timely and effective treatment. Click below to access the report.



Surviving Sepsis Campaign  3 and 6 hour bundles

Surviving Sepsis Data Collection Software and Tools

Severe Sepsis Protocols and Checklists

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sepsis

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare - Reducing Sepsis Mortality

Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Sepsis

AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network Sepsis Change Packet