Hilo Medical Center Shares Successes during World Sepsis Month

During 2015 World Sepsis Month in September, Hilo Medical Center has been making a push to educate the community about sepsis – the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. HMC’s Sepsis Champions were featured in a feature story about the hospital’s successes in treating sepsis and also put together a music video parody to the tune of “Worth It” by 5th Harmony.

The goal is to inform the community that sepsis can occur to anyone, at any time, from any type of infection, and can affect any part of the body, even after a minor infection.  Any type of infection in your body can cause sepsis, including infections of the skin, lungs (such as pneumonia), urinary tract, abdomen (such as appendicitis), or other part of the body.

In 2008, HMC began developing sepsis protocols and conducting staff-wide education. October 2014 marked the beginning of HMC starting its Sepsis Activation Program based on “best practices.” Our hospital has been nationally recognized as a “Top Performer” in sepsis care. The national average for sepsis mortality is 17%, the rate of “Top Performers” is 9.1% AND Hilo Medical Center stands at 7.6%.

Read the Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s September 19 story, “Evading the Death Grip of Sepsis.” View the video by clicking HMC Sepsis Music Video.