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Reducing Sepsis Mortality in Ohio Through Early Recognition, Appropriate Intervention

The OHA Board of Trustees identified reducing sepsis mortality in Ohio as one of the key focus areas for OHA and Ohio hospitals. 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. Sepsis impacted an estimated 41,000 Ohioans in 2017. Early recognition and treatment can reduce the morbidity and mortality of sepsis. 

OHA Sepsis Initiative Physician Advisor

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 vice president of Operations and Population Health at OhioHealth. 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.

OHA Statewide Initiative - Focusing on Early Recognition and Early Intervention

The OHA statewide Sepsis Initiative comprises more than 124 hospitals committed to reducing sepsis mortality in Ohio. Since OHA's initiative launched in fall 2015, an estimated 3,747 lives have been saved.

For hospitals participating in the initiative, below are links to the gap analysis and sepsis bundle components that will be measured. 

OHA's quality programs team has compiled professional literature on sepsis. Click here to view the information. 


OHA's quality programs team offers no-cost educational opportunities for member hospitals and clinical teams to gain insight into new trends and methods to treating sepsis.

All webcasts are typically held the third Wednesday of each month between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OHA records all the education sessions, see the archive below.

Session topics and dates are subject to change. Email OHA's Dorothy Aldridge for webcast information and check out OHA's events calendar for updated schedules.