Sepsis & Home Health Care
Training Module Description:
Recognizing that the majority of sepsis cases begin outside of the hospital, it’s important for home healthcare providers to be well equipped to recognize sepsis. This training module reviews sepsis identification and patient care for home healthcare providers. Patients are cared for in the home following various health conditions, illnesses, and surgery. Many of these patients have chronic conditions putting them at risk for infection and sepsis. Home health providers have a unique opportunity to identify sepsis in the field. The sepsis screening process is discussed and the Sepsis Home Healthcare Detection Tool is presented. A sepsis survivor shares their experience with home care and hospitalization. This activity will help the home care team learn to screen for and detect possible sepsis.
Home care nurses, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, medical social workers, and mental health staff.
At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Define sepsis
- Discuss risk factors for sepsis
- Identify individuals who meet criteria for sepsis using a sepsis screening tool
- Describe key elements of timely interventions during transitions of care
This training module has been endorsed by the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).
Read this article for additional support to better recognize sepsis as a home healthcare clinician.
Learn more and license the tool for use in your organization here.
Al Cardillo, MSW
President and CEO, Home Care Association of New York State
Al Cardillo is the President and CEO of the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA), a statewide organization of over 300 home care agencies, hospices, long-term care plans, waiver programs, allied organizations, and individuals providing home care to several hundred thousand New Yorkers annually. He has served in multiple roles: Executive Director for Health in the NYS Senate, Director of the Senate Health Committee and the Council on Health Care Financing; Coordinator for Long Term Care in the Senate; Coordinator for health legislative task forces; and program development staff for the NYS Division of Medical Assistance implementing home health care programs in NYS.
Al disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Amy Bowerman, RN, BSN
Executive Director of Senior Network Health, Mohawk Valley Health System
Amy Bowerman is the Executive Director of Senior Network Health MLTC and the Director of Quality Improvement and Privacy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County. Both organizations are part of the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, NY. Amy serves as a Board Member for the NYS Home Care Association, as well as sitting on the HCA Quality Committee, MLTC Forum, and is the SEPSIS workgroup clinical leader. Amy brings over twenty years of nursing experience in Emergency Nursing, Home Care, Pediatrics, Quality, Nursing Administration and Managed Care.
Amy disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this training module by:
Home Care Association of New York State
VNA of Albany
SUNY Albany - School of Social Welfare
This program was made possible by an educational grant from NYS Health Foundation.
Sepsis Alliance would like to thank the following individuals for sharing their expertise, stories and experiences:
Sharon Hansen, MN, RN, CCRN
Sepsis Alliance is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.7 contact hours.
Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.
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.
- 1.25 Participation
- 1.70 RN CE Contact HoursProvider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.