Sepsis is a Public Health Challenge: Improving Patient Care Through a Syndemic Approach & Sepsis Considerations & Care in the Immunocompromised, Developmentally Disabled, and Aging Populations

Session Descriptions: 

This activity includes two sessions from the Sepsis Alliance Summit to meet the minimum time requirement for nursing CE credits.

Sepsis is a Public Health Challenge: Improving Patient Care Through a Syndemic Approach

In this session we will discuss what it means to frame sepsis as a public health problem. We will define a public health framework for sepsis, and why it’s important to approach sepsis research, policy, and advocacy work with a local and holistic approach. We will review sepsis epidemiology globally and in the United States, with a focus on recent trends, at-risk populations, and social and medical risk factors for sepsis. We will introduce the concept of syndemics, define syndemic frameworks, and explore how we might apply a syndemic framework to sepsis in the United States. Lastly, we will discuss what sepsis prevention might look like in specific local contexts, drawing from a syndemic approach. 

Sepsis Considerations & Care in the Immunocompromised, Developmentally Disabled, and Aging Populations

Anyone can get sepsis however certain populations such as the immunocompromised, developmentally disabled, and aging are at greatest risk. The risk of developing sepsis is 10 times more likely in the presence of any type of cancer, and adults age 65+ are 13 times more likely to be hospitalized with sepsis than adults younger than 65. This session will provide an overview of considerations in caring for patients with sepsis in unique populations including the immunocompromised (cancer and transplant recipients), developmentally disabled and the aging older adult.  

These sessions were originally presented in September 2021 as part of the 2021 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, Physicians, Emergency Responders, Pharmacists, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Physical/ Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Students, IT Professionals, Sepsis Survivors, Advocates, and more! 

    Learning Objectives

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

    Sepsis is a Public Health Challenge: Improving Patient Care Through a Syndemic Approach 
    • Identify examples of individual-, organizational-, community-, and society-level risk factors for sepsis.
    • Understand basic trends in the geographic and social distribution of sepsis globally and in the United States.
    • Describe the basic elements of a syndemic. 
    Sepsis Considerations & Care in the Immunocompromised, Developmentally Disabled, and Aging Populations
    • Describe risk factors for sepsis in an immunocompromised patient.
    • Discuss several barriers in diagnosing sepsis in children with developmental disabilities.
    • Evaluate factors associated with increased mortality in older adults with sepsis. 
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.50 Participation
    • 1.80 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

    Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH

    Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

    Dr. Kristina E. Rudd, MD, MPH, is a pulmonary and critical care physician and clinical researcher in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on sepsis epidemiology from a global perspective, and she has expertise in both clinical and administrative methods to identify sepsis patients. Her current work investigates the relationships between social and medical features that impact an individual’s risk for developing or dying from sepsis. She has particular interest in the impact of poverty, multimorbidity, and healthcare access and quality on sepsis incidence. Dr. Rudd also studies the clinical management of patients with sepsis and other critical illnesses in resource-limited settings. 

    Christa A. Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FCCM  

    Clinical Nurse Scientist, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

    Christa is a Clinical Nurse Scientist at Cooper University Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. She has practiced clinically, directed critical care quality improvement and clinical research. Christa received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Drexel University. Dr. Schorr has lectured nationally, internationally, and has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. Working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, her team developed content of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) performance improvement software, used worldwide. She served as faculty for Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) SSC Collaboratives and NJ, RI and MD statewide collaboratives. Currently she is the SSC Guidelines Committee Group Head for long-term outcomes and goals of care, serves as the chair for the Thrive Patient and Family Committee and is the SSCM’s Quality & Safety Committee liaison to the CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. 

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.8 contact hours.

    Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours.

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    Available Credit

    • 1.50 Participation
    • 1.80 RN CE Contact Hours
      Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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    This activity includes the following for each session:

    • Pre-test  
    • Slides to download
    • Pre-recorded webinar
    • Post-test
    • Evaluation

    All components must be completed for each session to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience