Standardizing Sepsis Care for Optimal Outcomes

Session Description: 

This presentation will describe and provide supporting data for the improvement efforts from two distinct health systems. Presenters will discuss the steps undertaken by a large Northern California health system to improve process and outcomes for the care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Presenters will also examine several VA Medical Centers'  general sepsis management experiences. Work of both healthcare systems emphasizes the importance of recognition of sepsis as a medical emergency and structured sepsis management.

This course was originally recorded in September 2020 as part of the 2020 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Employ screening and standard responses for the early identification of sepsis.
  • List specific interventions to create standard work that improves workflows for timely assessment and treatment for patients with sepsis.
  • Describe assessment of and specific considerations for interventions for patients with septic shock.
  • Develop data collection and analysis strategies to guide process improvement for sepsis care.
  • Discuss the importance of structured sepsis management.
  • Appraise the most recent literature in early sepsis interventions.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Angel O. Coz Yataco MD, FCCP

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky – Lexington VA Medical Center

Dr. Coz is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines update panel. Dr. Coz holds multiple leadership positions at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). He has been awarded the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation for three years in a row. He speaks on critical care, sepsis, and pulmonary topics at the national and international level. He has a strong interest in critical care, mechanical ventilation, sepsis resuscitation and medical education. Dr. Coz has led multiple quality improvement initiatives including efforts to improve early detection and aggressive management of sepsis. Dr. Coz has published several peer reviewed articles and serves as ad hoc reviewer for several Journals including CHEST, Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Moreover, he is the section editor of the Critical Care Commentary of the CHEST Physician Newsletter and will serve as the Editor in Chief starting in October 2021. Dr. Coz currently serves on the Advisory Board for Sepsis Alliance.

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly MS RN CCRN-K DC

Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant – Quality & Clinical Effectiveness Team, Sutter Health

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly has been involved in sepsis care improvements since 2004, working with health systems and with the Society of Critical Care Medicine as faculty on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Dr. Barnes-Daly specializes in sepsis and ICU Liberation and has lectured nationally on both topics, and is currently leading a septic shock improvement initiative for the Sutter Health System in northern California.

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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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Downloadable slides
  • Pre-recorded presentation
  • Post-test (80% passing rate)
  • Evaluation

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