Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety


Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Nearly 258,000 Americans die each year from sepsis. It has been proven that many of these deaths could be avoided with early detection strategies and rapid treatment.    

Sepsis and septic shock can be associated with a mortality rate of up to 50 percent in hospitals that do not use an early detection and treatment bundle. MHA has coordinated development of the Seeing Sepsis toolkit, which facilitates adoption of sepsis early-detection tools, and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, which provides three- and six-hour care bundles for hospitals of all sizes.    

Experts from across the state streamlined MHA’s sepsis and septic shock resources and created a tiered sepsis road map. It contains best practice recommendations for early identification and treatment, and interdisciplinary team involvement in sepsis care, as well as quality improvement processes. 

MHA members can log in to the website at the top-right corner of this page to view the sepsis road map. 

Other resources

Seeing Sepsis long-term care resources

Every minute counts in treating sepsis. Because sepsis often begins outside the hospital, MHA has applied Seeing Sepsis to other settings of care and coordinated development of resources, such as treatment algorithms and staff education tools for long-term care (LTC) facilities.