Sponsored Session: Patient-Centric Sepsis Management Powered by a New Host-Response Technology

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Sponsored by Cytovale

Sepsis diagnosis is currently hampered by healthcare professionals’ inability to rapidly and accurately quantify a patient’s state of immune activation. Many diagnostic aids can help identify the presence of infection or indicate organ dysfunction. However, there are no currently-available indicators of immune dysregulation, the pathophysiologic process that underlies sepsis. This deficit causes healthcare professionals to rely on judgment alone to initiate therapy for a condition whose presentation has tremendous overlap with unrelated and, often, non-infectious processes. The result is both the over-diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in some cases and the under-diagnosis and treatment in others.

In this sponsored session, learners will discover an entirely new investigational approach in rapid risk stratification of sepsis, which aims to provide an indication of the state of immune activity via an eight-minute test from whole blood. The presenter will discuss how this investigational technology may provide a key input, allowing healthcare professionals to focus sepsis care on the right patients at the right time while also promoting the efficient and appropriate use of antibiotics and hospital resources.

This session was originally recorded in September 2022 as part of Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more. 

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this session by Cytovale.

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Hollis (Bud) O'Neal, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Bud O’Neal, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and the Medical Director of Research for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Dr. O’Neal graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Computer Science, and subsequently completed medical school at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge. He then completed Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine training at Vanderbilt University, where he also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. Dr. O’Neal is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American Society of Microbiology, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He is an active investigator in clinical trials, including industry-sponsored, NIH-funded, and investigator-initiated studies. His research interests include sepsis diagnosis and treatment.

Christopher Thomas, MD

Chief Quality Officer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Christopher Thomas, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical medicine with LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, LA with board certifications in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He currently practices at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where he also serves as the Chief Quality Officer. Chris is an innovative healthcare leader with extensive experience in a myriad of healthcare models. His work focuses on designing and implementing teams with the goal of improved patient centered outcomes and interprofessional experience. He leads Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady’s Learning Health Sepsis Initiative with an intent to transform sepsis outcomes in the Southeast. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health followed by residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mark Laperouse, MD

Medical Director, Emergency Services, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Mark Laperouse, MD, is an emergency trained physician. He attended Tulane University as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. He then had an unconventional medical school experience, starting at LSU New Orleans and finishing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston because of Hurricane Katrina. His residency training took place in Jacksonville, Florida at Shands Hospital. Dr. Laperouse continues to practice at Our Lady of the Lake in the emergency department where he is the Medical Director. He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Louisiana market of Emergency Care Partners. He was born in New Orleans and raised in Mandeville, and he currently resides in Baton Rouge with his wife and four young boys.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session. Content is provided by the sponsor.

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