‘Code Sepsis’ implemented at Children’s Hospital

Due to the prevalence, seriousness, and treatability of sepsis, teams from the N.C. Children’s Hospital, UNC Hospitals Emergency Department, and UNC Hospitals adult ICUs have been working together for several months on sepsis detection systems and response protocols aimed at promptly recognizing and treating sepsis and reducing mortality.

‘Code Sepsis’ implemented at Children’s Hospital click to enlarge Code Sepsis

These systems and protocols, which are designed to accurately identify patients with sepsis, respond quickly with evidence-based care, and decrease mortality, have become part of a hospital-wide project, Code Sepsis.

This new standardized sepsis care will be implemented in the Children’s Hospital on June 2. Implementation in UNC Hospitals Emergency Department and in all of UNC Hospitals’ inpatient areas will occur in the summer and fall, respectively. For more information, visit our Code Sepsis webpage.

Every year, more than 1.6 million Americans develop sepsis during hospitalization and nearly a quarter-million of those die from sepsis-related complications. Although sepsis most often occurs in the elderly, the young, and those with chronic diseases such as cancer or liver disease, sepsis can affect perfectly healthy people of all ages. Studies show that when health-care providers quickly diagnose sepsis and treat it by immediately administering antibiotics and fluids, sepsis survivorship increases by as much as 50 percent. 

Please stay tuned for future Code Sepsis announcements at UNC Hospitals.