Monday August 13, 2018

Oswego Health Ranks Among Best in Treating Infection

Hospital achieves high marks in treating deadly condition
By Lou Sorendo

    Oswego Health is tied for third best in a ranking of Upstate New York hospitals when it comes to effectively treating severe sepsis and septic shock.

    Sixty-two percent of patients received appropriate care for the infection at Oswego Health during the first nine months of 2017, compared to the New York state average of 45 percent and national average of 49 percent.

    Only Massena-Memorial and Canton-Potsdam Hospital ranked higher.

    Oswego Health Chief Medical Officer Renato Mandanas addressed the keys to providing appropriate care for severe sepsis and septic shock.

    “Oswego Health’s physicians and nurses diligently monitor their patients for the symptoms of sepsis,” he said. “The early recognition of the condition and the delivery of interventional treatments, which include administering antibiotics and intravenous fluids, is saving lives.”

    Mandanas said is it highly rewarding for Oswego Health to be ranked among the best in the region at providing treatment for the condition.

    “We are very proud of these results and our entire staff is to be commended for ensuring the safest hospital care,” he said. “This condition is one of many that we routinely monitor, so that each patient has a safe and comfortable experience.”

    Sepsis is the most common cause of hospital deaths nationwide, killing more than 200,000 people annually in the United States. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs.

    Septic shock is a widespread infection that causes a significant drop in blood pressure that can lead to heart failure, stroke and death.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently began publishing sepsis treatment statistics for nearly all U.S. hospitals on its Hospital Compare website.

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