VNS Westchester Awarded Grant from Aging in America, Inc. to Stem the Tide of Sepsis
Sepsis, the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, has been declared a national medical emergency by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Commonly misunderstood as a "hospital problem," the National Sepsis Alliance reports that 80% of sepsis cases originate in the home and community, often afflicting people 65 or older with chronic health conditions.
According to VNSW President & CEO, Tim Leddy, "With the majority of our patients at high risk for developing sepsis, this is a pivotal moment for our agency to step in with early intervention tools to stem the tide of this serious condition at the point of care at home. Through regular screenings for symptom identification, we can initiate early treatment interventions that will vastly reduce instances of the condition, prevent unnecessary hospital re-admissions and save lives. We are extremely grateful to Aging in America, Inc., for helping us take this great leap forward in sepsis prevention for our patients, particularly among our growing elderly population."
"Aging in America, Inc. has a keen interest in supporting not-for-profit organizations that are utilizing technology to help older persons meet the challenges of aging at home," said William T. Smith, Ph.D., President/CEO. "We are very pleased to support VNSW's groundbreaking effort to help prevent sepsis among its elderly patients through this new electronic screening and intervention tool for use in the home setting."
Developed by the Home Care Association of NYS (HCA), the National Sepsis Alliance and IPRO, the Sepsis Screening, Education and Intervention Tool is the first-of-its-
As an early adopter of the screening tool, VNSW will also play an integral role in sharing sepsis outcomes data with local and statewide medical, health and home care organizations. The aim, says Leddy, is to model best practices and encourage broad replication of the tool to improve care coordination and population health in the Lower Hudson Valley region.
Dr. Amy Ansehl, President of the VNSW Foundation, Inc., stressed the importance of the staff education and training components of the initiative. "Treating patients with sepsis is a race against time, making early symptom recognition and rapid response critical for positive outcomes. The matching grant from the VNSW Foundation, Inc. will ensure that VNSW's professional and paraprofessional staff become proficient in quickly determining the patient's risk for developing sepsis and for putting into swift action the appropriate treatment intervention, ranging from patient education to immediate emergency care."
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