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Sepsis is the leading cause of hospitalization and hospital deaths in the United States. SCCM has received a grant from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies to improve diagnostic excellence. SCCM’s Diagnostic Excellence Program focuses on providing education and technology for accurate and rapid-cycle sepsis diagnosis via webcasts, podcasts, and toolkits.
While the U.S. healthcare system has become more adept at recognizing and treating medical emergencies such as stroke and myocardial infarction, sepsis—a medical emergency that affects more people than those two conditions combined—remains significantly underdiagnosed and undertreated. With the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through a grant program administered by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) hopes to change that.
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It affects 1.7 million people every year in the United States, more than twice as many as myocardial infarction (805,000 people) or stroke (795,000 people).1,2,3 Sepsis kills 350,000 people annually.1 As the leading cause of hospitalization in the United States—and the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals—sepsis is not only a significant health issue, it is also extremely costly. The average cost per hospital stay for sepsis is double that of other conditions. Sepsis hospitalization and skilled nursing care costs more than $60 billion every year.4,5
SCCM was one of 11 specialty organizations to receive a CMSS grant of $100,000 to improve diagnostic excellence. SCCM’s project, Using Education and Technology for Rapid Cycle Sepsis Diagnosis: Building an Equitable and Quality-Based Diagnostic Excellence Project, focuses on:
Posted: 7/24/2023 | 0 comments
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