Sepsis certification helps Grand Strand Regional Medical Center lead the way

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Grand Strand Regional Hospital has been given the distinction that only one other hospital in the nation has received; disease-specific care certification for sepsis from The Joint Commission.

Sepsis is a deadly disease that strikes 750,000 people yearly and kills 250,000 people nationwide. Hospital officials say the problem with sepsis is most people are ill-informed, but in fact it's the third leading cause of death in the nation.

That's why in 2011, the hospital started collecting data on patient services to curb the problem. They detailed blood work and started screening folks for sepsis. From the findings they developed a system and now everyone who comes through the doors for service is checked. They say their efforts saved the lives of 28 people in 2012.

The only other hospital in the nation with sepsis certification is Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sepsis is the body's response or lack of response to infection. You can get it from anything from an untreated scrape on the knee to something more serious like a urinary track infection. Hospital officials want the public to be informed.

"Hand hygiene; you can't keep them clean enough, you can't wash them enough, and if you have a minor infection, you need to pay attention because not everyone develops an overwhelming fever," says Rhonda Grose, a ICU specialist.

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