Mortality changes associated with mandated public reporting for sepsis the results of the New York state initiative

Mitchell M. Levy, Foster C. Gesten, Gary S. Phillips, Kathleen M. Terry, Christopher W. Seymour, Hallie C. Prescott, Marcus Friedrich, Theodore J. Iwashyna, Tiffany Osborn, Stanley Lemeshow

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Rationale: In 2013, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) began a mandatory state-wide initiative to improve early recognition and treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. Objectives: This study examines protocol initiation, 3-hour and 6-hour sepsis bundle completion, and risk-adjusted hospital mortality among adult patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Methods: Cohort analysis included all patients from all 185 hospitals in New York State reported to the NYSDOH from April 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016. A total of 113,380 cases were submitted to NYSDOH, of which 91,357 hospitalizations from 183 hospitals met study inclusion criteria. NYSDOH required all hospitals to submit and follow evidence-informed protocols (including elements of 3-h and 6-h sepsis bundles: lactate measurement, early blood cultures and antibiotic administration, fluids, and vasopressors) for early identification and treatment of severe sepsis or septic shock. Measurements and Main Results: Compliance with elements of the sepsis bundles and risk-adjusted mortality were studied. Of 91,357 patients, 74,293 (81.3%) had the sepsis protocol initiated. Among these individuals, 3-hour bundle compliance increased from 53.4% to 64.7% during the study period (P, 0.001), whereas among those eligible for the 6-hour bundle (n = 35,307) compliance increased from 23.9% to 30.8% (P, 0.001). Risk-adjusted mortality decreased from 28.8% to 24.4% (P, 0.001) in patients among whom a sepsis protocol was initiated. Greater hospital compliance with 3-hour and 6-hour bundles was associated with shorter length of stay and lower risk and reliability-adjusted mortality. Conclusions: New York’s statewide initiative increased compliance with sepsis-performance measures. Risk-adjusted sepsis mortality decreased during the initiative and was associated with increased hospital-level compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1412
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Implementation science
  • Performance improvement
  • Quality
  • Sepsis


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