Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3)

Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3)

Waitemata District Health Board have been hard at work improving sepsis care. The Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3) is co-located with the North Shore Hospital on its Takapuna campus.

i3 recognised that sepsis was a common cause of morbidity and mortality. According to information released by the project team, 44 adult patients suffer sepsis or septic shock at Waitemata DHB every month.

A multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and quality improvement experts established the “Survive Sepsis Collaborative”, which aimed to reduce in-patient mortality due to sepsis to below 15% by World Sepsis Day 2017. The early results of the Collaborative project were presented at the 2017 Health Quality and Safety Commission Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium, winning best overall presentation!

“To win the award for best presentation is really the icing on the cake for all the nurses, doctors, educators, and project team who have taken their time to work on this important collaboration”, said Kelly Bohot, a quality improvement team leader at i3.

The project recognises that early recognition and treatment of sepsis is the most effective way to improve patient outcomes.