Cookeville Regional Earns Recertification for Sepsis Treatment

Submitted on: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Cookeville Regional Earns Recertification for Sepsis Treatment

Cookeville Regional Medical Center received a recertification by The Joint Commission for sepsis treatment. Cookeville Regional underwent a rigorous on-site review in March 2017. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Cookeville Regional for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission surveys every two years, and in 2015 Cookeville Regional received this prestigious certification and was one in eleven nationwide to earn it. To become recertified shows how the medical center continues to support the mission of providing the best quality care to the region.

“Certification by The Joint Commission for a condition as complex as sepsis is quite an achievement; so we are happy to have received recertification,” said Paul Korth, CRMC CEO. “The Joint Commission Sepsis Disease Specific certification says a lot about the quality and scope of care that our physicians and staff are able to provide at Cookeville Regional. It shows that we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Achieving The Joint Commission certification in sepsis, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. Many people in our area don’t realize the level of sophisticated specialty care that we provide.”

Sepsis is a serious infection of the blood or tissues that affects your whole body. The infection that causes sepsis may be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic. Sepsis may be life threatening and can cause one’s blood pressure to drop, which could lead to shock. Shock causes the central nervous system and organs to stop working correctly. Sepsis can happen to anyone, but it is more likely to happen to those who have weakened immune systems.

Not only has Cookeville Regional been proactive inside the medical center, but they have also held multiple  educational sepsis conferences at their facility with attendance by the Tennessee Hospital Association and other medical centers in the state of Tennessee.

 “There continues to be a high demand for knowledge on sepsis, so we are happy to educate other medical professionals on our protocols and best practices. We implemented our protocol in 2009 in our intensive care unit, cardio-vascular intensive care unit and emergency department. We expanded that the following year hospital wide,” Angela Craig, APN, MS,CCNS  Clinical Nurse Specialist for ICU “We have an amazing sepsis team here at Cookeville Regional. They are an active committee; and we are starting to see more community participation. We are ecstatic to have received recertification by The Joint Commission.”  

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