Reducing Sepsis Mortality in Ohio

Focusing Upon Early Recognition and Early Prevention

OHA's Two-Year Program focuses on reducing sepsis deaths in Ohio by 30 percent 

Sepsis, a deadly blood infection, impacts thousands of Ohioans every year (estimated 34,000 patients). Many of these patients continue to require additional health care services after surviving sepsis due to the complications of the disease. Early recognition and treatment can reduce the morbidity and mortality of sepsis.
The OHA Board identified and approved reducing sepsis in Ohio hospitals to be one of the key focus areas for OHA and Ohio hospitals for 2015-2016.  In 2014, OHA facilitated a successful rapid cycle improvement initiative for sepsis through the Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) program.  In 2015, we will be building on lessons learned during the LEAPT program.

For hospitals participating in the OHA Sepsis Initiative, below are links to the Gap Analysis and 3-Hour Bundle components that will be measured as process measures. Additional information can be found throughout this website.

-Data Dictionary - Outcome and Process Measures (updated 9/10/15)

-Gap Analysis Survey Link

-Questions from the July 15th Coaching Call



Links to professional articles and papers


Ohio and national tool kits for implementation in your hospital


Links to sepsis-related resources including educational content, videos, and other professional pages


Links to recordings and resources from OHA educational sessions and coaching calls related to the statewide initiative

Sepsis Organizations

Links to additional organizations focusing on sepsis reduction

OHA Signs of Sepsis (SOS)

Calendar of Events

March 15, 11:30-12:30pm

Post-Acute Considerations in Sepsis Care
(This program will provide an overview of effective practices used to collaborate with post-acute providers of care to patients with sepsis.)

Presented by:
  • Mae Bellanca, MSN, RN – Director, Critical Care at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
  • Erin Scott, BSN, RN-BC – Education Instructor at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
  • Rick Degenhart, LSW – Director, Case Management at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
  • Denise Stephens, BSN, RN – Director, Documentation Integrity/Utilization Review at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
  • Joy Reed, RN – MDS Nurse at Summit Acres, Caldwell, Ohio


(Previous recorded events can be found under the "Education" link to the left)

2017 Calendar - all calls 11:30-12:30pm - topics and speakers will be updated as available*

April 19
May 17
June 14 - in-person OHA Quality Summit
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

*Session topics and dates are subject to change

For call-in information, email Ryan Everett


Ohio Physician Champion

OHA is honored to have Dr. James O'Brien, MD, MS serve as a physician champion to the Ohio Hospital Association’s Statewide Sepsis Initiative. Dr. O’Brien is currently the System Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for OhioHealth in Central Ohio.  He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and competed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Ohio State University Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and obtained a Master of Science degree in Basic Biomedical Science from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. O’Brien has lectured extensively on the topic of sepsis and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sepsis Alliance nationally.  Leading the efforts to decrease  severe sepsis and septic shock through early recognition and intervention has been a passion of Dr. O’Brien’s as evidenced by his strong commitment to patient safety and quality improvement.


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