Published on September 20, 2018

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Recognized for Sepsis Treatment

Philadelphia (September 20, 2018): Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia were recently recognized in a national audit by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for outstanding performance in the treatment of sepsis. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection, and it is one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses in hospitalized patients. Both ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide for identifying and treating sepsis.

“We’re honored to earn this distinction for such a vitally important, impactful health issue in our community,” said Dr. Dominic Valentino, Medical Director of Critical Care at Mercy Fitzgerald. “Our critical care team maintains a strong focus on quality and patient safety, and helps provide a compassionate, transforming healing presence in our communities.”

Sepsis is a syndrome that occurs when the immune system, in an attempt to fight infection, causes widespread inflammation in reaction to a bacteria or virus. This can lead to organ failure and even death. Sepsis affects more than 1.7 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it occurs most often in people with weakened immune systems, such as seniors, young children and people living with chronic conditions.

Sepsis is both fast-developing and sometimes challenging to diagnose, as it can be confused with other conditions. Education and early recognition are key factors in preventing and treating sepsis.

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia continually meet or exceed industry best practices for identifying and treating potentially septic patients. Best practices include early and frequent screenings of at-risk patients and immediate administration of antibiotics, IV fluids and other treatments within a three- to six-hour window. Mercy colleagues work to educate patients and their families about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, as well as how to manage chronic conditions and prevent infection.

Mercy has earned consistent recognition for its commitment to sepsis care. In 2017, Mercy earned the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award from the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, placing in the top 10 for sepsis care. In 2016, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania named Mercy as one of its Achievement Award winners for performance in sepsis care across all its hospitals.