Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

The Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce morbidity and mortality pertaining to Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. Actionable steps to improve Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in patients include:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow representative of the care continuum around Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection screening and treatment plan
  • Knowledge based on early detection and treatment of Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection cases
  • How to educate patients and family members about different aspects of Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, recognition, and treatment
  • Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve patient Community-Acquired Severe Upper Respiratory Tract Infection and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

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Executive summary

The Problem Outbreaks of respiratory illness are common across the globe and are typically seasonal in nature. Influenza represents between 9 million and 45 million illnesses, 140,000-810,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000-61,000 deaths (CDC, n.d.), while Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) represents an estimated 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in US adults (CDC, 2019).

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