Nurses Challenging Sepsis: Saving Children's Lives
Every child with sepsis deserves life-saving care, and nursing leaders Kimberly DeNicolo, Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital and Tracy Lowerre, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health, have risen to the challenge as the 2019 winners of the Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Award. The Sepsis Webinar Series returns in 2020 with this special presentation hosted by the Children's Hospital Association in partnership with Sepsis Alliance, the leading nonprofit sepsis patient advocacy organization in North America. This event highlights the work of these exemplary nurses, who through their dedication to improving sepsis care have transformed teams and brought about measurable change. Discover how they have leveraged quality improvement methodology to identify barriers to timely care, develop effective staff education strategies, optimize electronic data use, and heighten sepsis awareness to unprecedented levels across their institutions.
This webinar was recorded on 1/28/2020.
This educational activity has been a Joint Collaboration between Children's Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance.
Nurses, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, and other healthcare staff may benefit.
At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:
- Describe the burden and mortality of pediatric sepsis.
- Identify the strategic work of Sepsis Alliance to improve sepsis outcomes through education and advocacy.
- Discuss the institution-wide impact of nurse leaders as sepsis champions.
- Explain the value of QI methodology to transform teams and drive measurable change in sepsis outcomes.
- Identify one new sepsis change strategy to adopt in your institution.
Kimberly DeNicolo, MSN, RN
Emergency Department Quality Coordinator, Ann & Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago
As a winner of the Sepsis Alliance pediatric nursing award, Kimberly is the nursing lead for her hospital’s ED multidisciplinary sepsis committee as well as a member of CHA’s Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) inpatient and facilitation teams. She collaborates with the inpatient sepsis teams by sharing the ED improvement work and helps tailor future interventions based on their experience within acute care areas.
Tracy Lowerre, BSN, MSN, RN
Nurse Clinician, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health
As one of the two winners of the Sepsis Alliance pediatric nursing award, Tracy has worked in the pediatric ICU for nearly 20 years and is the co-chair of her hospital’s pediatric sepsis committee. She works closely with leadership, IT and other units on innovations to improve treatment for septic patients. She also works to change processes that improve antibiotic administration times within the system.
Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD
Founder, Sepsis Alliance
As the founder of the American Sepsis Alliance in 2003 which became the Sepsis Alliance in 2007, Dr. Flatley has been immersed in spreading sepsis education and awareness. He has given hundreds of talks to a wide variety of different audiences, both professional and non-professional and worked with the CDC and the Global Sepsis Alliance on several projects concerning awareness and implementation of sepsis protocols. While creating a legacy for his daughter, Erin, who died unnecessarily from septic shock, Dr. Flatley has created and funded several awards to recognize outstanding individuals yearly who excel in sepsis works. The Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award, the Erin’s' Campaign for Kids and Global Sepsis Alliance International Awards highlight Erin’s' life and outstanding individuals, institutions and sepsis initiatives Worldwide. Erin's Foundation has been the largest and longest supporter of the Sepsis Alliance, "So More Survive".
PLEASE NOTE: Healthcare providers wishing to claim CE credits should select only one credit type in the "Credits" section of the activity after completion. Physicians should claim AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Nurses should claim ANCC contact hours. All other healthcare providers should claim Participation credits. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Children’s Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance. Children’s Hospital Association 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.
For Physicians: Children's Hospital Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For Nurses: Children's Hospital Association designates this activity for a maximum of 1.25 ANCC contact hours.
Other healthcare providers and learners will receive a certificate of attendance.
CHA has a conflict of interest policy that requires everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidenced-based and scientifically balanced. No conflict of interest exists for any CE presenter or planning committee member related to the content of this educational activity.
This educational offering is provided without commercial support.
The information on or available through this site is intended for educational purposes only. Sepsis Alliance does not represent or guarantee that information on or available through this site is applicable to any specific patient’s care or treatment. The educational content on or available through this site does not constitute medical advice from a physician and is not to be used as a substitute for treatment or advice from a practicing physician or other healthcare provider. Sepsis Alliance recommends users consult their physician or healthcare provider regarding any questions about whether the information on or available through this site might apply to their individual treatment or care.
Course opens: 06/01/2020
Course expires: 05/31/2023
- 1.25 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.
- 1.25 Participation
- 1.25 RN CE Contact HoursProvider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.