Special Projects Fund

Project Title

Expansion of a Community-Based Sepsis Prevention and Early Recognition Screening Tool

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Date Awarded

September 19, 2017




In Progress



Sepsis is an overwhelming, swift, debilitating, and deadly bodily response to infection.

In New York State, approximately 50,000 patients are diagnosed with severe sepsis or septic shock each year; of those, 30% of adults and 9% of children die in the hospital from sepsis. Additionally, it is the number one diagnosis for 30‐day all-cause readmissions for New York State hospitals. Although more than 80% of sepsis cases originate outside of the hospital, no home or community sepsis screening and intervention system had existed in the United States prior to 2015. Patients in home care are at particular risk for sepsis, and the condition often goes unnoticed until it becomes life-threatening. To address this issue, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiated in 2015 a large regional pilot of a sepsis screening tool in the Capital District and Central New York regions, which was subsequently endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) a grant to expand the screening tool to all home care agencies in the State.

Under this grant, HCA will use a train-the-trainer approach for home care workers at all 1,000 home care agencies in the State to conduct sepsis screenings for the approximately 500,000 New Yorkers receiving home care. HCA will assemble an advisory team of health system experts, clinicians, public advocates, and governmental partners to provide their expertise on clinician training and clinical collaboration. Educational and training materials will be developed and regional on-site trainings for home care clinicians and agency leaders will be held throughout the State. HCA will also conduct conferences and webinars and offer technical support throughout the project. All home care agencies will be required to submit data from screenings and interventions, which HCA will use to inform a final report on the screening tool, patient outcomes, and best practices.