Recent articles in Academic Matters have touched on the significant improvements made in quality at UF Health Jacksonville over the past few years. These improvements — including in our mortality and sepsis metrics — result in stronger placement in U.S. News & World Report and other national ranking systems.
Going further, we have been assessing disparities in quality based on various demographics.
Data show there is no statistical difference at UF Health Jacksonville in the global mortality index and sepsis mortality index on the basis on gender, race or socioeconomics. We should be proud and celebrate, but this high-level view can’t be the only way we examine populations of patients within our system. We have only started uncovering issues surrounding the complex topic of equity using a population health approach.
UF Health Jacksonville has made tremendous progress in how sepsis is treated. We have significantly improved the early detection and survivability of the condition. We do that equally for all patients. However, initial data suggests there may be subpopulations, such as chronic alcoholics, who would benefit from a more targeted protocol. Very few hospitals are creating sepsis care protocols for patients with liver failure or other underlying medical conditions.