Maternal Sepsis

Webinar Description: 

Sepsis is the second leading cause of preventable pregnancy-related deaths in the United States. During pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or the post-partum period, people are susceptible to infection as their immune system is down-regulated to protect the growing fetus. Infection may give rise to sepsis if not identified and treated promptly. However, pregnancy-related septic shock is rare. Healthcare providers need to know the signs of pregnancy-related sepsis as well as how to screen for sepsis in the hospital for early recognition and treatment. You will learn about pregnancy-related sepsis recognition and treatment and how to begin the campaign to stop pregnancy-related sepsis in your facility. In addition, Grace Ramirez, a L&D RN will present her story as a septic shock survivor.

This course was originally recorded on 5/15/2019.

Target Audience

Nurses, midwives, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, and other healthcare staff

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the global issue of pregnancy-related mortality surrounding sepsis.
  • Explain community standard for adjusted SIRS criteria.
  • Restate the treatment recommendations for pregnancy-related sepsis.
  • Describe the algorithm for perinatal screening program.
  • Recall the postpartum sepsis survivor experience from the patient’s perspective.


Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by Siemens Healthineers for this webinar.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 Participation
  • 2.20 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Lori Olvera, DNP, RNC-OB, EFM-C

Perinatal Educator, Sutter Medical Center

Lori has been a nurse for over 35 years and practiced most of her career in women’s health, including labor and delivery, mother-baby, and special care nursery. She was an educator for various colleges and universities for 20 years and is currently a Clinical Nurse Educator for High Risk Maternity and Labor & Delivery at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento. Lori received a Doctor of Clinical Practice in 2015. Lori collaborated with Center for Disease Control, Society of Critical Medicine, American Nurses Association, and Association of Women Health and Newborn Nursing in a webinar on early recognition and management of maternal sepsis.


Katarina Lannér-Cusin, MD, FACOG 

Medical Director, Women's Services, Sutter Health

Dr. Katarina Lannér-Cusin is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Berkeley, California and is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Berkeley. She received her medical degree and completed her residency in OB Gyn at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She was part of the implementation team for the Sepsis Initiative at Sutter Health. She is presently the Medical Director for Women’s Services at ABSMC and also the co-chair for the Sutter OB Quality Committee.



Graciela Eldridge, RN, ADN

Maternal Sepsis Survivor

Graciela has been a perinatal nurse for 29 years. She has practiced most of her career as a Labor and Delivery nurse. In her early nursing career, she was an educator for University of Davis Medical Center, with an emphasis in cultural diversity in child bearing and child rearing practices of women. She worked for Woodland Memorial Hospital as a community Lamaze instructor. Graciela has worked for the past 21 years at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital. She is currently a Staff IV RN. She is an advanced preceptor in Labor and Delivery and her specialty is in the OR working with mothers having Cesarean Sections. 

Sepsis Alliance is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.2 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.75 contact hours. 

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Available Credit

  • 1.75 Participation
  • 2.20 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 webinar
  • 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.