My friend, David Sweet, is an ED Intensivist and the clinical lead of the British Columbia Sepsis Network. Their motto, “Best care, no matter where.”–you can see why we get along.
They put together an initiative to save 150 lives in 150 days. With a NNT of 5, they needed to treat 750 patients in ~5 months in order to save the requisite number of patients… And they did it.
Here is David:
This past World Sepsis Day, in British Columbia, Canada, the BC Sepsis Network launched an awareness and engagement campaign to accelerate the use of evidence-based sepsis management in the province. In 150 days, 32 emergency departments signed up and used a sepsis early identification/treatment protocol to treat 750 patients with severe sepsis (lactate >4.0 mmol/L) or septic shock (hypotension). Based on a number needed to treat of five, we saved 150 Lives in 150 Days!