In May 2016, State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 2403 ("Gabby's Law"), an initiative aimed at reducing sepsis infections. This legislation amends the Illinois Hospital Licensing Act (210 ILCS 85) and requires hospitals to employ evidence-based screening protocols and staff training for the early recognition and treatment of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. Under the new law, hospitals are obligated to make the protocols available to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) upon request. The measure also requires hospitals to collect and use quality measures to improve their internal sepsis care processes.

Hospitals currently submitting sepsis data to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as required since last fall under the federal agency's Inpatient Quality Reporting program, are presumed to meet Illinois' new mandated sepsis protocol requirements. When state monies are available, the legislation allows IDPH to recommend metrics with input from key stakeholders, consistent with national standards and to collect, analyze and disclose aggregate Illinois hospital data.

Click here for a copy of the enrolled bill.

Sepsis Resources - The following are resources can be used to support hospitals in developing polices an screening protocols for addressing sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock.

CDC Sepsis Clinical Guidelines and Tools

CDC Vital Signs August 2016: Think Sepsis. Time Matters.

Indiana Hospital Association Sepsis Awareness Toolkit - Includes FAQs and fact sheets to help hospitals raise sepsis awareness in their communities.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement - The website provides resources, tools, and publications to assist healthcare professionals in the recognition of severe sepsis and the consistent application of evidence-based practices.

Sepsis Alliance - This website provides information and educational resources for healthcare professionals and the general public.

Severe Sepsis & Septic Shock Change Package, AHA/HRET HEN - Toolkit for the early recognition and treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. Includes suggestions for quality measures and change ideas.

Surviving Sepsis Campaign - The Surviving Sepsis Campaign is a joint collaboration of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine committed to reducing mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide. This website provides hospitals with evidence-based guidelines for the management of severe sepsis and septic shock, resources for the implementation of sepsis bundles, and a collection of sepsis-related protocols, checklists, policies.

Pediatric Sepsis Resources