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, a deadly blood infection, 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. 

NEW: OHA 2017 Report Highlights Sepsis Mortality Reduction of 13.4% in Ohio - click here.

Sepsis Awareness Month - September 2017: Click here for resources from the Sepsis Alliance.



Links to professional articles and papers


Ohio and national tool kits for implementation in your hospital


Links to sepsis-related resources including educational content, videos, and other professional pages


Links to recordings and resources from OHA educational sessions and coaching calls related to the statewide initiative

Sepsis Organizations

Links to additional organizations focusing on sepsis reduction

OHA Signs of Sepsis (SOS)

Calendar of Events

(Previous recorded events can be found under the "Education" link to the left)

2017 Calendar

All calls 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sept. 13: Code Sepsis & Sepsis Resource Nurses

Speakers are from the St. Joseph Health System in Orange, California and include:

  • Peter Smethurst, MD – Sepsis Lead Physician & Intensivist – Pulmonary Consultants
  • Cecille Lamorena, RN BSN CCRN – Nursing Sepsis Lead, Critical Care Clinical Coordinator
  • Trish Cruz, RN BSN PHN – Director, Clinical Excellence

Oct.18: Conducting Sepsis Case Reviews
Nov.15: TBD

*Session topics and dates are subject to change

For call-in information, email Ryan Everett


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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