Sepsis in Nursing Homes: Recognition and Response
This course was recorded in September 2020 as part of the Sepsis Alliance Summit.
People of all ages develop sepsis but older adults are disproportionally affected. Individuals over 65 years old, particularly those who have health issues, are more susceptible to sepsis than any other group. Evaluation of infections and sepsis in nursing homes in the era of COVID will be presented along with the clinical presentation and screening tools used for detection of sepsis. In addition, you will learn about the diagnostic and treatment approaches to sepsis in nursing homes while adhering to antibiotic stewardship principles.
Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.
At the end of the presentation, the learner should be able to:
- Evaluate infections and sepsis in nursing homes in the era of COVID-19;
- Discuss clinical presentation and screening tools for detection of sepsis in older adults in nursing homes;
- Review diagnostic and treatment approaches to sepsis in nursing homes while adhering to antibiotic stewardship principles.
Nimalie Stone, MD
Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Stone is a Board-certified infectious disease physician who has a research and clinical background in managing infections and antibiotic resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care settings. She addresses the needs for infection prevention programs in long-term care. Dr. Stone develops guidelines, educational resources and quality improvement programs to reduce healthcare associated infections and promote antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes. She oversees the inclusion of infection surveillance infrastructure designed for use by nursing homes and assisted living facilities within the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network. Dr. Stone serves as a technical expert for multiple AHRQ funded projects promoting infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care and works closely with the CMS divisions focused on quality improvement and infection prevention oversight in nursing homes. She serves as an infection prevention resource for state health departments and national quality improvement initiatives such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign.
Theresa A. Rowe, DO, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Rowe is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale University, and is board certified in both specialties. She has extensive clinical and research experience in health care associated infections in long-term care settings, including management of sepsis in older adults.
Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc
Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Kabbani is an adult infectious disease physician in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She completed her internal medicine residency at Wayne State University in Michigan. After working as an academic hospitalist for two years at Beaumont Health System, she joined Emory University in 2011 for her post-doctoral infectious disease fellowship. During her fellowship, she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory working with population surveillance data and was awarded an NIH T32 training grant in vaccinology. In 2016, Dr. Kabbani joined the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship where her areas of concentration include older adult and long-term care antibiotic stewardship.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.
Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.
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- 1.25 Participation
- 1.70 RN CE Contact HoursProvider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.