Surviving Sepsis Campaign 2021 Adult Guidelines Update
More than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis annually, and 1.4 million of those patients become sepsis survivors every year. Sepsis survivorship brings with it a host of unique complications: many survivors experience a shortened life expectancy, a higher likelihood of cognitive, physical, and emotional aftereffects, and an overall impacted quality of life. The recently-updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Adult Sepsis Guidelines include, for the first time, long-term recommendations for the care of sepsis and septic shock survivors. During this presentation, Drs. Evans and Simpson, two of the authors of the guidelines, will highlight and review the current recommendations and changes from previous iterations – including the new emphasis on long-term care of sepsis survivors, as well as other changes to the screening and treatment of sepsis and septic shock in adults.
Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.
At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:
- Discuss the 2021 SSC International Guideline development process.
- Summarize revised 2021 SSC Guideline recommendations, including strength and quality of evidence.
- Highlight new recommendations in the 2021 SSC International Guidelines.
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Laura Evans, MD, MSc
Professor Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; Medical Director, Critical Care, University of Washington Medical Center
Dr. Evans is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and the Medical Director of Critical Care at the University of Washington Medical Center. Her interests focus on patient safety and quality improvement, particularly sepsis, as well as preparedness for high consequence infectious diseases. Dr. Evans earned her MD at the University of Michigan and did her residency in internal medicine at Columbia University. She completed pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship training and earned an MS in epidemiology at the U. of Washington. She joined the faculty of NYU and Bellevue Hospital in 2006. She led the evacuation of the Bellevue Hospital ICUs in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and was the clinical lead for New York City’s Ebola treatment center. After 14 years in NYC, she returned to Seattle in 2019. She joined the steering committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign in 2012 and is the current Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines co-chair. She serves on the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She is Associate Editor of Critical Care Explorations and a member of the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine.
Steven Q. Simpson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Kansas
President, CHEST - The American College of Chest Physicians
Dr. Simpson is Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, where he previously served as Division Director, Director of three ICUs, Chair of the Sepsis Team, and Chair of Multidisciplinary Critical Care. He has done research in all areas of severe sepsis from molecular and cellular mechanisms to translational and quality improvement studies. He initiated the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide program to improve severe sepsis care and outcomes throughout the state. He is an author of the 2016 and 2020 Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines and of the NIH’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines. He is a regular reviewer for numerous journals, including CHEST, Shock, Intensive Care Medicine, and the Journal of Critical Care, and is a member of the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine. He is an IPA and Senior Medical Advisor to the Solving Sepsis program of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed and invited manuscripts, book chapters, and web-based articles and presentations.
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