Shared ICU Quality Improvement Files

In use in Collaborative Hospitals and Provided by Collaborative Members
These documents are provided for download by 
anyone interested in improving the quality of critical care services they deliver. Please feel free to use or modify any of them for use in your own hospital. Also, please send any documents that you believe would be useful to others to

Order Sets
KU Severe Sepsis (this is the paper version, before conversion to EMR and when drotrecogin alpha was available)
KU Severe Sepsis (this is the EMR version, and reflects withdrawal of drotrecogin from availability)

Sepsis Quality Improvement Tools

Rooks County Hospital Sepsis Orders (example from a Critical Access Hospital)
Infection Codes to Screen for Severe Sepsis - ALSO INCLUDES organ dysfunction codes to evaluate patients to determine your or your hospital's baseline incidence of severe sepsis it is useful to ask your hospital's quality improvement department to screen for patients with these infection diagnoses

Via Christi PDSA Template - we all understand the concept of PDSA, but this template helps walk you through the process of developing, implementing, and tracking one.  Outstanding tool!

Assessment and Scoring Tools
KU Delirium Assessment Tool (DAT) - KU developed this simple screening tool to identify patients exhibiting signs of delirium and to take steps to reduce that complication
KU Daily ICU Quality Checklist - the MICU at KU uses this tool to reduce mortality, reduce VAP, ensure that everyone has DVT prophylaxis, shorten ventilator days, and a number of other good things
KU Central Line Insertion Checklist - this is a slight modification of the checklist developed at Johns Hopkins by Pronovost and colleagues

Teaching Slides
These teaching slides were developed by members of the collaborative for the use of anyone in need of presentation slides or of education.

Severe Sepsis Therapy: Is it Time? Presented at Chest 2010 in Vacouver, BC.

Rapid Response Team Education
These slides were produced by educators at the University of Kansas Hospital and have been used for training rapid response teams across the nation to be successful.

Treating Sepsis Can Be FUN!!

Check out this video, created by the ICU nursing residents in the medical ICUs at the University of Kansas!  It's Sepsis and You Know It  As seen at the Opening Session of the 2014 Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress.