Live Event: Prevention of Infection and Sepsis during Recovery from Cardiac and other High-Risk Surgeries

July 15, 2021

Event Description:

This live educational event will review infection and sepsis prevention during recovery from cardiac and other high-risk surgeries. Preventing post-surgical infection and sepsis begins with preoperative assessments and considerations and continues through surgery into the immediate acute postoperative and post-acute phases of recovery. Presentations covering infection and sepsis prevention strategies to improve surgical recovery will include pre-, intra-, immediate post-operative, and post-acute considerations, as well as discussion of specific considerations for the underserved and health disparate populations. This 2.5 hour free educational event is supported by a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation – Every Heartbeat Matters program and will offer both RN CE Contact Hours as well as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  

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Edwards Lifesciences is a supporter of Sepsis Alliance.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Internal Medicine/Hospitalists, Infectious Disease Providers, Infection Prevention Specialists, Nurses, Quality and Safety Specialists, Advanced Practice Providers, Allied Health Professionals, and Pharmacists involved in the care of patients with infection and sepsis after cardiac and other high-risk surgeries.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify key factors that impact patient outcomes in the perioperative period
  • Appreciate all domains that increase patient vulnerability in the perioperative period
  • Review available screening and diagnostic tools for anemia, malnutrition, delirium and frailty
  • Describe potential mitigation strategies for frail patients preparing for high-risk surgery
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Children’s Hospital Alliance and the Sepsis Alliance. The Children’s Hospital Alliance is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.25 Participation
  • 2.70 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/15/2021 - 9:00am PDT
Event ends: 
07/15/2021 - 11:30am PDT

Steven Q. Simpson, MD

President, American College of Chest Physicians

Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Chief Medical Officer, Sepsis Alliance 

Dr. Steven Q. Simpson is Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, where he previously served as Division Director, Director of three ICUs, Chair of the Sepsis Team, and Chair of Multidisciplinary Critical Care. He has done research in all areas of severe sepsis from molecular and cellular mechanisms, to translational studies, to quality improvement studies. He was a founder, in 2005, of the Midwest Critical Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative effort to improve the quality of critical care services throughout the Midwest. In 2007, he initiated the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide program to improve severe sepsis care and outcomes throughout the state via continuing education both in sepsis and in quality improvement principles, and via inter-professional collaboration. He is currently heading a BCBS-sponsored sepsis collaborative among Kansas City metro area hospitals and is a contributing faculty member of the ongoing Surviving Sepsis Campaign collaboratives, leading the effort in the Midwest. He is a participant in the 2016 review and update of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines.

Jeanna Blitz, MD, FASA

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University

Dr. Jeanna Blitz is an associate professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine, where she is the Director of the Preoperative Anesthesia Surgical Screening (PASS) Clinic, and Director of the Duke Perioperative Medicine fellowship. Her primary academic interest is in the delivery of quality preoperative care and its impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Blitz serves on the American Society of Anesthesiologists National Committee on Performance and Outcomes Measurement, the American College of Surgeons Surgical Quality Alliance, and is a board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.  


Steven D. Harrington, MD, MBA, FACS, ABTS, FACC 

Clinical Advisor, Corazon Inc. 

Dr Harrington recently left clinical practice after nearly 40 years as a Board-Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon.  For the majority of his career, he practiced at several major Detroit area hospitals as a private practice physician.  For the last 5 years of his career, he was privileged to be a member of the Henry Ford Medical Group, a part of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.  In addition to his surgical and patient care duties he served on multiple committees, chaired his divisions, was co-developer of the HFHS Heart and Vascular Institute and co-leader of the system’s Cardiovascular Clinical Council, responsible for quality, program development and business integration for the HFHS cardiovascular service line. He has served on multiple MEC’s as well as hospital and health system boards leading quality and strategic development initiatives.  Despite no longer being involved in direct patient care he has remained very active with the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons’ Quality Collaborative in both clinical research and peer review, co-authoring several publications in peer reviewed journal.  He serves nationally with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons on the Workforce on Patient Safety and the Task Force on Quality Initiatives.  He also works with Corazon Inc., a national consulting firm, focusing on cardiovascular program and quality and peer review.  As well as his medical degree he also holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Quality.  Although he has many other outside interests, he is an avid aviator flying over 100 hours yearly. More importantly he studies Aviation Safety and aAcident Avoidance and Human Factors Engineering, taking the lessons learned from those studies and applying those principles and  safety practices learned in aviation to how we can, and should improve in our daily medical and surgical practices.  


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. She is also on the Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board of Directors. 

Stanley K. Frencher Jr., MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Urology, UCLA

Stanley Frencher Jr., the son of a primary care physician and nurse practitioner, likes to say he “was born to practice medicine.” Dr. Frencher attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, where he was awarded the first annual Jean L. Cook, MD Memorial Award for Medical Excellence. He went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree in health management and policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He conducted research with the Center for Health and Urban Minorities to identify health disparities across racial groups. He also worked with the office of Senator Charles Schumer where he gained a firsthand insight into the politics of healthcare policy. Dr. Frencher completed his surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He interrupted his training to become a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Frencher is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at UCLA, Chair of Perioperative Services, and Chief of Urology at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Health. Moreover, he is Chief Medical Officer of Wise Healthcare, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of HubMD. He is a father, husband, surgeon activist, health services researcher, physician executive, and virtual care innovator with a focus on vulnerable and underserved populations with the goal of ameliorating healthcare inequities and health disparities. When not working or lecturing, he competes in powerlifting, enjoys standup paddleboard, and is active in his church.


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The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Faculty

Reported Financial Relationship

Steven Q. Simpson, MDNo financial relationships to disclose

Jeanna Blitz, MD

Consulting fees – Society for the Advancement of Patient Bleed Management

Stanley K. Frencher, MD, MPH

Ownership interest in WISE Heatlhcare and HubMD

Steven D. Harrington, MD

No financial relationships to disclose

Cindy Hou, DO

No financial relationships to disclose


The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:


Name of Content Manager

Reported Financial Relationship

Sepsis Alliance Institute Planners

No financial relationships to disclose

MER content managers

No financial relationships to disclose


Credit Designation

The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources or Sepsis Alliance Institute.  The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Sepsis Alliance. MER is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and Sepsis Alliance. 


Physician Credit

Medical Education Resources designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 2.25 contact hours.



Nursing Credit

Sepsis Alliance is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 2.7 contact hours.

Available Credit

  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Children’s Hospital Alliance and the Sepsis Alliance. The Children’s Hospital Alliance is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.25 Participation
  • 2.70 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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