Code Sepsis Reminders and Updates

Sepsis is the most common cause of inpatient mortality at UNC Hospitals. “Code Sepsis” is a sepsis care improvement initiative at UNC Hospitals that focuses on rapid recognition and treatment of patients with signs and symptoms of sepsis – our goal is to quickly identify any patient with the potential to develop sepsis and ultimately save lives.

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Code Sepsis is now live in the Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Department and General Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals. Many patients of all ages have received prompt sepsis recognition and prompt therapy as a result of the program. Please review these tip sheets (nurses and providers) for sepsis alert criteria and details on the alert message and the appropriate responses. 

Code Sepsis will be live in UNC Hospitals inpatient areas in the fall and specific training will be provided. Please visit the Code Sepsis Resource page at or contact the sepsis team at for more information or to provide feedback.

The entire UNC Health Care system is working together to improve sepsis care, and all UNC Health Care hospitals are working to implement the nationally recommended sepsis care bundle in the Emergency Departments for patients with signs and symptoms of sepsis. Through a series of Rapid Improvement Events paired with proven sepsis treatment tools, Pardee, Nash, Caldwell, Chatham, High Point, Rex, and Johnston will have a sepsis treatment protocol in place by the first week in September. Sepsis care improvement will be expanded to the inpatient care areas at UNC Health Care hospitals throughout the fall and winter.

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