Racial Disparity: Incidence, Care, and Outcomes of Sepsis in Vulnerable Populations

Session Description: 

This course was recorded in September 2020 as part of the Sepsis Alliance Summit.

This session will review sepsis concepts as they relate to disparities in race and ethnicity. The focus will include consideration of incidence in sepsis, differences in care outcomes, and morbidity and mortality among vulnerable groups.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the disparity in sepsis treatment and management among vulnerable populations;
  • Describe the underlying causes for disparities between racial and ethnic groups;
  • Identify sustainable and evidence-based approaches to manage disparity in sepsis care.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.30 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

Sandy Cayo, DNP, FNP-BC

Vice President of Clinical Performance and Transformation; New Jersey Hospital Association

Dr. Cayo provides leadership for the Health Research Education Trust of NJ which has initiatives related to perinatal quality, hospital quality improvement, opioid prevention, HIV prevention, and implicit bias training. Sandy’s research interests focus on social determinants of health and improving access and overall health outcomes for African American patients. She serves as a mentor and advisor for various student groups, including Student Nurses for Advocacy & Policy, Black Student Nurses Association, and Nursing Students for Global Health. She has worked with first-generation and minority nursing studies to help improve retention in academic nursing programs and continues to work with disadvantaged populations through education of wellness. Sandy travels once a year to both Ghana and Haiti on medical missions. She currently serves as the director of education for HEAL (Health Education Action League) Haiti. Her project includes the implementation of a pre-licensure nurse residency program to help bridge the current knowledge and practice gap for nurses in St. Marc, Haiti. As a lifelong learner, Sandy is in the process of completing her DNP-PhD program where her research focuses on the impact of discrimination on cardiovascular health in African American women.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.3 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.0 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.30 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.