Joint Commission Certification for Sepsis
What is the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organization and programs in the U.S. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to quality and performance.
Joint Commission Sepsis Certification
When a hospital is accredited for Sepsis by the Joint Commission it indicates a commitment to quality directly related to the treatment of Sepsis. To receive an accreditation in Sepsis from the Joint Commission, a hospital must have at least 2 years of history in providing quality care and adherence to certain guidelines. For example, North Suburban received its Sepsis accreditation in 2016, which means that in 2014 and 2015, we had to prove our quality and outcomes met the standards for accreditation.
North Suburban is Colorado’s first hospital to receive Sepsis accreditation from The Joint Commission. As of July 1, 2018, North Suburban was the only hospital in the state to attain this certification.
Once you receive the accreditation, you must provide monthly data to the Joint Commission moving forward. To retain the accreditation, you must get recertified every two years.
What does this mean for Sepsis patients and their families?
Hospitals that adhere to performance and performance standards often provide better care than others. It is this dedication to standards and outcomes that sets hospitals with this accreditation apart.
We invest in developing guidelines for care, ensuring that our staff understand those guidelines and adhere to those guidelines. If we find opportunities for improvement, we commit to improving and measuring our performance constantly.
These guidelines include:
- When we suspect Sepsis, how quickly are we responding and starting care?
- How quickly are the right antibiotics administered?
- How we are we managing the other symptoms or complications a patient might be experiencing?
Patients benefit from the performance and improvement activities.
Patients experience better care when the staff are held to higher standards, and are encouraged to become experts in the condition. North Suburban has reduced the percentage of patients who died from severe sepsis and septic shock to 11.41% in 2017. This means that since 2014 approximately, 166 community members who were critically ill with Sepsis are alive today.