These charts indicate service trends in key clinical areas.
These charts are not drawn strictly to scale and are intended as artwork to illustrate differences among the years represented.
Finding the treatments proven to work best.
Intermountain’s Clinical Programs and Services focus the efforts of physicians, nurses, and other team members on continually improving the processes of care. Our goal is to provide the best care to every patient every time, using techniques that have been proven effective.
One example is our approach to sepsis, a systemic infection that can lead to organ failure. It’s the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
In 2005, Intermountain’s Intensive Medicine Clinical Program began exploring ways to improve the care of patients with or at risk of sepsis. Clinicians adapted guidelines recommended by an international committee called the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, making the guidelines more explicit and executable for caregivers at Intermountain.
“Our contribution was to develop a measurement system and a program to promote compliance with key elements of the guidelines,” said Terry P. Clemmer, MD, Medical Director of Intermountain’s Intensive Medicine Clinical Program. “We focused on elements we thought were best supported by evidence—and those that clinicians felt would have the greatest impact if implemented reliably on every patient with severe sepsis or septic shock.”
Physicians always rely on their best judgment in treating patients and may decide to deviate from care guidelines. But if they do, they are asked to document the reason for their decision, so the guidelines can be improved.
“When we launched our approach, Intermountain’s 25% sepsis mortality rate for patients admitted through the emergency department was already below the national average,” said Dr. Clemmer. “Today, Intermountain has a sepsis mortality rate under 9%, which is truly remarkable. As a result, we save an estimated 100 lives each year.”