Improving the Recognition and Management of Severe Infection and Sepsis

Governance

The success and long-term sustainability of the SEPSIS KILLS program is dependent on appropriate governance structures and processes at all levels of the health care facility. Strong leadership by both management and clinicians will enable a top-down, bottom-up approach to drive and sustain improved outcomes for patients with sepsis.

The governance of the program should be integrated with existing structures for the recognition and management of patients who are clinically deteriorating.

Each health care facility will need to develop a strategy to implement SEPSIS KILLS effectively in all wards. The Sepsis Toolkit is a practical guide for users to implement the program into their facility/LHD and includes a ten-step implementation process, which can be adapted to suit local environments.

The toolkit provides information on the five elements of the program, including:

  • Tools to plan, implement and evaluate a sepsis improvement project in hospital wards
  • Education resources
  • Communication resources.
The toolkit is not exhaustive. Over time, new tools and resources will be developed in response to clinician feedback and program needs.