WAKEFIELD — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a new set of rankings that measures the timely and effective care given to patients who have sepsis infections. South County Hospital said Friday that it had received a rating of 80 percent, according to CMS data, the highest rating in the state of Rhode Island, double that of the state average of 40 percent, and far exceeding the national average of 49 percent.
Sepsis care was recently added to Medicare’s measurements, which into account how often or how quickly hospitals give recommended treatments. Sepsis occurs when a person’s body has an extreme response to an infection. It can develop into septic shock and be life-threatening if not treated. Sepsis causes more than 200,000 deaths each year in the U.S., with older adults and people with weak immune systems at highest risk.
Bobbie Fay, RN, director of critical care services, said that South County Hospital collects data on every sepsis patient that comes into the hospital, and emphasizes a team approach with the emergency department, ICU, hospitalists, lab, and performance improvement department seeking feedback from the sepsis team.