Beckman Coulter Sponsored Session: Patient Stories: Changing Patient Trajectories with Biomarker MDW

Session Description: 

Recognition of risk of sepsis and severe infection in large group of patients, who present with mild and non-specific initial symptoms, challenges both clinical gestalt and institutional protocols, despite growing recognition in significance of timely identification and guidelines-defined interventions for improvement of patients’ outcomes.  

In this session, Angela Craig from Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Dustin Pierce from Kansas University Medical Center (1) introduce the novel hematological parameter Monocyte Distribution Width (MDW); and (2) discuss the latest evidence and how the MDW biomarker is being used as a severity index marker to aid in diagnosis of severe infection diagnostics and risk of sepsis in the Emergency Department through actual patient cases.  

MDW is FDA-cleared and automatically reported as a part of routine CBC with Differential test.  

This session was originally presented in September 2021 as part of the 2021 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, Physicians, Emergency Responders, Pharmacists, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Physical/ Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Students, IT Professionals, Sepsis Survivors, Advocates, and more! 


Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this session by Beckman Coulter. 

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Angela Craig, APN, MS, CCNS 

ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cookeville Regional Medical Center 

Angela has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 25 years. The last 13 years, she has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cookeville, TN.  Angela chairs her hospital’s Sepsis team and had the joy of leading the hospital to be the first in the state of TN to become Sepsis Disease Specific Certified through the Joint Commission. She has also implemented a nurse driven protocol for hemodynamic monitoring at CRMC. Angela has presented at multiple hospitals and conferences on Sepsis. 

Dustin Pierce, RN, BSN, CPHQ 

Quality Outcomes Coordinator, The University of Kansas Hospital 

Dustin has a Bachelor’s in Biological Science from Emporia State University (2004), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2007) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  He returned home to Kansas to begin his nursing career at the University of Kansas Hospital as a staff nurse on nights and weekends in the Medical ICU in 2008.  In 2012, he transitioned to the Quality & Safety department to work on various initiatives regarding quality improvement in and around sepsis. Since 2012 he has given many presentations on sepsis at both KU and many hospitals, nursing homes, EMS providers, and home health providers across the state.  He has been part of several improvement initiatives regarding sepsis prevention, detection, and treatment since 2012.  In 2016 Dustin began working to improve the Mortality Review process as well as work on Patient Safety improvement initiatives throughout the hospital. 

No continuing education credits are offered for this session.

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