Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community Webinar: "COVID-19: Current Treatment Guidelines for the Critically Ill"

May 28, 2020

Webinar Description: 

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) released Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 20, 2020. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines on April 21, 2020 which are based on the SSC COVID-19 Guidelines. In a study from Wuhan, China more than half of patients with COVID-19 reported complications including sepsis, ARDs, acute cardiac injury, acute kidney injury, and secondary infection. This webinar will present an overview of the typical clinical progression of COVID-19. The new guidelines will be reviewed that address infection control, laboratory diagnosis/specimens, hemodynamic and ventilatory support, and drug therapy. The recommendations for patients needing critical care will be discussed along with their application in clinical practice. 

Target Audience

Nurses, physician assistants, physicians, emergency responders, physical therapists, patient care assistants, and other healthcare staff

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the typical clinical course for patients with severe cases of COVID-19;
  • Restate new guidelines for management and treatment for patients critically ill with COVID-19;
  • Discuss the guideline recommendations and use in clinical practice;
  • Identify the guideline recommendations rating related to strength and quality of evidence supporting the recommendation.

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community webinar by the Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community sponsors.

Course summary
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Event starts: 
05/28/2020 - 11:00am PDT
Event ends: 
05/28/2020 - 12:00pm PDT

Steven Q. Simpson, MD

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.

Laura Evans, MD, MSc

Associate Professor, University of Washington, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Medical Director, Critical Care, University of Washington Medical Center

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.2 contact hours, and 1.0 participation credits.

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

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