Taking a Unique Approach to Sepsis Care


Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by a bacterial infection in the bloodstream. These infections move rapidly and need to be identified early in order to prevent further complications or even death. Work toward improving sepsis care for patients has been underway at Henry Ford Allegiance Health for many years, and sepsis mortality rates have dropped significantly as a result. Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s current severe sepsis or septic shock mortality rate of 17 percent is significantly below the national average of 25 to 40 percent.

To support these life-saving efforts, Henry Ford Allegiance Health set out to transform its approach to sepsis treatment by developing a specialized unit. The result was a new, 16-bed Sepsis Unit, designed to better ensure the best possible outcomes while reducing length of stay and mortality. One of only a few of its kind in the United States, the Sepsis Unit has admitted more than 600 patients since opening its doors in 2017.

Inspiration for this model of early goal-directed sepsis care came from Emergency Medicine and Critical Care specialist Emanuel Rivers, MD, and his extensive sepsis research. Dr. Rivers said, “Henry Ford Allegiance Health has given us a great example of how sepsis care can be done in a community hospital while providing the same expertise and outcomes as large university hospitals. This program is a ‘how-to’ of sepsis care.”

Learn more about Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s unique approach to sepsis care.

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