Early recognition and treatment of sepsis is critical to surviving this life-threatening syndrome. Each year in the United States, sepsis claims more lives than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV combined. Those who survive face chronic physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges as a result of the damage caused by the body's response to the simplest infections. The sessions presented provide an opportunity to learn about the battle against this life-threatening condition—from diagnosis to discharge and beyond.
In this program, recent improvements in the understanding and treatment of sepsis will be presented. A review of past therapies and the recent introduction of newer treatments for sepsis will be discussed. Updates from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign will be presented, as will recent studies that address the management of sepsis. Controversies in the treatment and identification of sepsis will be reviewed, as well as case studies using novel treatments in the care of the patient with sepsis. The emphasis on early identification and how to implement protocols in hospitals, from the emergency department and floor to the intensive care unit will be highlighted. The program emphasizes innovative learning strategies in an attempt to help the learner retain more information as well as make the program a more enjoyable event.
Sepsis is the most important under-recognized medical problem in the United States. It affects well over one million people each year and continues to carry a high mortality. Sepsis survivors remain at significant risk for additional morbidity and mortality. Early recognition and prompt intervention are the cornerstones of treatment for this time-sensitive problem. However, there is no definitive test for sepsis, and screening of patients is a formidable challenge. The difficulties in identifying the septic patient has led many to question the current definitions. In this session, we will review the current definitions of systemic inflammatory response syndrome, severe sepsis, and septic shock, and then consider the suggested changes proposed in a special communication published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year. We will also examine key elements of the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines with specific attention to the prevention and management of catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Efforts to raise awareness and recognition of sepsis is in the forefront of health care providers. Use of “track-and-trigger" systems, such as electronic medical records (EMRs) and early warning systems, have been identified as one mechanism to leverage technology in early identification and treatment of sepsis. Infusion nurses play an important role in understanding best practice alerts and the correlation to guiding antibiotic administration for prompt sepsis treatment and positive patient outcomes.
Sepsis is a toxic response to infection that kills more than a quarter million Americans each year--more than breast, lung and prostate cancer combined. In fact, sepsis is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Twenty percent of sepsis cases are hospital-acquired. Nurses are the front line clinicians suspecting sepsis and advocating for their patients. It is vital for nurses to know the early warning signs of sepsis and to implement evidence-based treatments to reduce sepsis complications and mortality. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires prompt identification and treatment so that more patients survive.
Carl Flatley, MD, will discuss how nurses are the key to decreasing sepsis mortality and morbidity, with infusion nurses a critical component in recognition of post-sepsis syndrome. Though mountains have been moved in recognizing post-sepsis syndrome, more than 3.5 million people continue to perish or suffer from organ dysfunctions, amputations, and cognitive problems. Sepsis is in fact the number 1 unmet medical need in the United States. This presentation will include several case studies: one of the untimely death of a young woman and the second a sepsis survivor sharing his journey. Having survived a life-altering septic event, attendees will hear from a survivor, Chris Kuchnicki, as he shares his journey and life experiences. Post-sepsis syndrome is becoming widely recognized in the medical community, with nurses playing a role in advocating and preparing sepsis patients for discharge home and life beyond the diagnosis.
This entire program has been approved for 4 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 4, 2019
This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification unit.
*Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at the 2016 National Academy in Cincinnati, OH are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.
Tom Ahrens, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a research scientist at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He is actively involved in sepsis education and technology application, particularly in terms of hemodynamic monitoring and capnography. His book, "Essentials of Oxygenation," was an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. In 2004, Tom was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. From 2006 to 2008 he was the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' representative to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.
On completing a general surgery residency and critical care fellowship, Dr. Taylor entered private practice as a trauma surgeon and intensivist, After 7 years, he joined the Cleveland Clinic. In his roles as intensivist as well as board member of the Sepsis Alliance, he frequently helps train teams in care of the septic patient.
Dr. Winterbottom has worked as a nurse for 25 years with most of that time in critical care. She has worked in two countries and seven states in various types of intensive care units. She has been clinical nurse specialist since 2007, and has presented widely on sepsis, resuscitation, interdisciplinary teamwork, and advanced practice nursing.
Laura Messineo has extensive clinical experience managing professionals in critical-care environments and has spent a decade educating clinicians on the early-warning signs of sepsis. Laura is a national speaker, a member of a number of professional organizations, and a Sepsis Alliance board member. One of her passions is raising community awareness of sepsis, so each year she spearheads the Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K to increase sepsis awareness.
A retired physician and dentist, Dr. Flatley lost a healthy daughter to septic shock in 2002. He founded the Sepsis Alliance and has been involved in the issue of sepsis globally at all levels.
In 2014, Flight Attendant Chris Kuchnicki's life changed forever after being hospitalized for Asthma. A staph infection he contracted while hospitalized caused "the perfect storm" of events after he was released. Chris talks about how Sepsis changed his life, career, and what living with Post Sepsis Syndrome has been like. He uses his free time help to spread awareness to others.