Researchers surveyed 1,000 people by phone and asked them a series of questions about their key health concerns. After hearing a description of sepsis and its potential effects, 85% said it should be a top priority. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said hospital-acquired infections were very serious, and 84% said they should be at the top of the priority list for time and resources.
In a news briefing, PQC leaders hailed the work of several member health systems that have successfully lowered rates of sepsis and HAIs. Dr. Justine Carr, chief medical officer of Steward Health System, Boston, said a comprehensive team-based approach has reduced HAIs by more than 50% and has cut drug-resistant infections by more than 70%.
“The survey data is incredibly powerful because when patients hear about the impact of these diseases and when they hear about the specific things that can be done, they support the need for action,” George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente and chairman of the partnership, said during the briefing. “Lives can be saved, lives should be saved and we are on that path.”