Maternal Sepsis: Why Mothers Die and How to Prevent it & Current Questions in Sepsis – Integration of Noninvasive Assessment

Session Descriptions: 

This activity includes two sessions from the Sepsis Alliance Summit to meet the minimum time requirement for nursing CE credits.

Maternal Sepsis: Why Mothers Die and How to Prevent it 

Maternal sepsis is the third leading cause of maternal death in the United States. Maternal deaths due to sepsis are most often due to 3 key delays: delays in recognition, treatment, and escalation of care. Participants will learn strategies to reduce delays in all three and reduce maternal morbidity and mortality from maternal sepsis. 

Current Questions in Sepsis – Integration of Noninvasive Assessment

This presentation will discuss evidence-based strategies to guide assessment and resuscitation of adult patients with septic shock. Topics include non-invasive assessment of perfusion, integration of routinely collected vital signs (Diastolic blood pressure, pulse pressure) into assessment and treatment decisions and dynamic assessment of fluid responsiveness. 

These sessions were 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! 

Learning Objectives

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

Maternal Sepsis: Why Mothers Die and How to Prevent it 

  • Discuss how to diagnose maternal sepsis.
  • Describe 3 major delays that lead to maternal deaths due to sepsis. 
  • Summarize recommended treatment for maternal sepsis. 

Current Questions in Sepsis – Integration of Noninvasive Assessment

  • Describe implications and strategies for assessing indicators of peripheral perfusion (skin mottling, capillary refill time).
  • Discuss strategies for use of blood pressure parameters to guide treatment decisions in shock (diastolic shock and diastolic shock index).
  • Integrate blood pressure parameters, noninvasive parameters, and functional hemodynamic data to guide sepsis shock resuscitation.  

 

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: 
06/15/2019
Course expires: 
12/31/2024

Maternal Sepsis: Why Mothers Die and How to Prevent it 

Melissa E Bauer, D.O.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University

Melissa Bauer, D.O. is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University. She completed residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Critical Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia followed by a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. She provides anesthesia for high-risk obstetric patients and focuses her research on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality from maternal sepsis. Her research is centered on the early identification and treatment of maternal sepsis. She has published multiple studies identifying the differences and difficulties of diagnosis of sepsis in pregnant women and highlighted opportunities for improvement in maternal sepsis care. She served as an editor for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Sepsis toolkit, which provides step-by-step instructions for hospitals on how to implement screening and treatment for maternal sepsis. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Sepsis Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating patients and providers about sepsis to improve outcomes worldwide. She currently serves as Chair for the national Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Sepsis in Obstetrical Care Patient Safety Bundle Workgroup with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

Current Questions in Sepsis – Integration of Noninvasive Assessment

Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN

Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Researcher, UW Medical Center

Dr. Elizabeth Bridges is a professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle and the clinical nurse researcher at University of Washington Medical Center. She has over 35 years of experience in critical care and is a retired colonel of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. She is the immediate past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Her professional research focuses on the care of patients during long-distance military aeromedical evacuation and the integration of hemodynamics into the care of critically ill patients. She has published on various topics related to sepsis including qSOFA and noninvasive assessment of perfusion. Dr. Bridges is well known for her presentations on the integration of evidence into practice that includes multiple topics related to sepsis. 

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 2.2 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 the following for each session:

  • Pre-test
  • Slides to download
  • Pre-recorded webinar
  • Post-test
  • Evaluation

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