Hospital Acquired Sepsis: Early Recognition and Intervention

Webinar Description: 

Hospitalized patients, like those who have recently had surgery, those with chronic medical conditions that may put them at risk, and patients who are admitted with an infection that is not getting better or is getting worse, may be at risk of developing sepsis. In this webinar, learn how a community healthcare system of three hospitals developed a sepsis program that helped their staff become better able to recognize and start treatment for sepsis as early as possible. Strategies focused on continual education, feedback about sepsis bundle compliance, and involving nursing staff as integral members to prevent infection are discussed. Early involvement of infectious disease specialists and antimicrobial stewardship can play a role in reduction of sepsis mortality.

This course was originally recorded on 7/30/2020. 

Target Audience

Nurses, physician assistants, physicians, emergency responders, physical therapists, patient care assistants, and other healthcare staff

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of early recognition and treatment of sepsis for patients on the med-surg floors.
  • Identify routine sepsis screening criteria.
  • Describe typical treatments that begin on the med-surg floor upon sepsis recognition.
  • Demonstrate how to provide continual education and engage nursing staff to combat sepsis.
  • Showcase the role of infection prevention in decreasing hospital acquired sepsis.
  • Discuss how early involvement of infectious disease specialists can reduce sepsis mortality by placement of patients on appropriate therapy as early as possible.

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this Sepsis: Across the Continuum of Care webinar series by bioMérieux, Inc. and for this individual webinar by NxStage.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Infection Control Officer, Jefferson Health

Cindy Hou, DO, is the Infection Control Officer and infectious diseases specialist at Jefferson Health New Jersey. Her hospital system was nationally recognized by Sepsis Alliance as a Sepsis Hero in 2016. She is the physician lead for the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Sepsis on the Floors Task Force, Infection Control Committee, and more. Dr. Hou has been a passionate advocate for early detection, prevention, education, and management of sepsis in the community hospital setting. She has helped to champion the development of nurse-initiated policies, old school education, and the impact of multi-disciplinary teams on survival of patients with sepsis. She has also studied the impact of mandatory infectious disease consults on C. Diff infections and severe sepsis. She also serves as the physician champion for the NJHA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative. In 2018, she was a recipient of Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in Patient Safety from APIC.

Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, Ed. M, CENP, CCRN-K

AVP, Quality and Safety, Jefferson Health - New Jersey

Marianne Kraemer, RN is AVP Quality and Safety for Jefferson Health -New Jersey.  She has been co chair of the Sepsis committee since 2013.  She has been instrumental in working with the various clinical departments for improvement in work flows which has lead to earlier recognition of sepsis.  Marianne is also an original member of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee.  Marianne was also part of the faculty for New Jersey Hospital Association Antibiotic Stewardship 3 year project ending 2019. 

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Downloadable slides
  • Pre-recorded presentation
  • Post-test (80% passing rate)
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.