Reducing Sepsis Mortality in Ohio

Focusing on Early Recognition and Early Intervention

OHA's three-year program focuses on reducing sepsis deaths in Ohio by 30 percent 

Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. In other words, it's your body's over active and toxic response to an infection.  It impacts an estimated 38,000 Ohioans every year. Many
of these patients continue to require additional health care services after surviving sepsis due to the complications of the disease. Early recognition and treatment can reduce the morbidity and mortality of sepsis.
The OHA Board of Trustees identified reducing sepsis mortality in Ohio as one of the key focus areas for OHA and Ohio hospitals. In 2014, OHA facilitated a successful rapid cycle improvement initiative for sepsis through the Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) program. 

  • June 2018 - OHA Insight: Sepsis N-POA Project & Toolkit (report) (toolkit)
  • Sepsis Awareness Month - September: Click here for resources from the Sepsis Alliance.
  • OHA 2017 Report Highlights Sepsis Mortality Reduction of 13.4% in Ohio - click here.
  • Click here for presentations and toolkits on sepsis.

Community Campaign


Calendar of Events

(Click on 'Calendar of Events' to link to previous recorded events)

2018 Calendar

All calls are the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*Session topics and dates are subject to change

For call-in information, email Dorothy Aldridge


Physician Advisor to the OHA Statewide Sepsis Initiative

OHA is honored to have James O'Brien, MD, MS, serve as a physician champion to the OHA’s Statewide Sepsis Initiative. O’Brien is  the System Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for OhioHealth in Central Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and competed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he also served as chief medical resident. He completed a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and obtained a Master of Science degree in Basic Biomedical Science from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

O’Brien has lectured extensively on sepsis and serves on the national board of the Sepsis Alliance. Leading efforts to decrease severe sepsis and septic shock through early recognition and intervention is a passion of O’Brien’s demonstrated by his strong commitment to patient safety and quality.


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