HMC to link Sepsis programme with all PHCCs
06 Aug 2017 - 1:19
Since the launch of a new sepsis programme at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in September 2016, the organisation has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at boosting care services for all patients diagnosed with sepsis.
Moving forward with this programme, HMC aims to establish, for the first time, the Qatar National Sepsis Program by reaching out to Primary Health Care Centers and the Ambulance Service. This will ensure any patients with sepsis will have access to the highest standards of care at any public healthcare facility within Qatar.
Sepsis is a medical emergency and a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to a severe infection damages its own tissues and organs. If not recognised early and treated promptly, sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death.
Additionally, those who survive sepsis are more likely to develop long-term complications including limited exercise tolerance and a decline in cognitive function.
HMC’s sepsis programme is a corporation-wide initiative involving collaboration between the Critical Care Center and the offices of the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, and Chief Quality Officer. Several HMC departments are involved in the preparation, development, and delivery of the sepsis program, including the Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute, Nursing Informatics, the Clinical Information System, the Hamad International Training Center, Health Information and Communication Technology and teams from each facility.
Dr Ibrahim Mohamed Fawzy, Director of the Critical Care Center and Deputy Medical Director, Ambulance Service at HMC highlighted the benefits of the sepsis program.
“Our commitment to providing the very best care for patients with sepsis has been an ongoing priority for many years at HMC and the launch of the sepsis program has enabled our care teams to work within an evidence-based framework to address this large scale condition,” Dr. Fawzy said.
Sepsis was a topic of discussion at the recent World Health Assembly Committee A meetings, held in Geneva and chaired by H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health. Delegates at the assembly agreed on a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sepsis.
In support of this resolution, a Sepsis Symposium is being planned by HMC, which will provide continuing professional development for healthcare professionals in the care and treatment of sepsis in Qatar. The fourth Qatar National Sepsis Symposium will be held in Doha on September 16.