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Sepsis – it’s a condition that nurses know, but may not always recognize quickly enough to ensure early intervention. The survival rate for patients with severe sepsis drops by an average of 8% every hour they do not receive timely treatment, so early assessment and appropriate treatment is vital. To save lives and minimize long-term complications that can affect sepsis survivors, all nurses, whether they work in the community or in a healthcare facility, must be able to identify who is at risk of developing sepsis, and know the clinical manifestations and recommended treatment.
Sepsis Alliance has gathered resources to help nurses become more familiar with sepsis. These include:
- Articles and infographics about sepsis identification, treatment, and sepsis guidelines.
- Continuing education programs, both free and for-fee
- Patient education material, to help nurses educate patients and family members about sepsis and post-sepsis syndrome.
- Videos: Videos geared towards both professionals and the general public, created by individuals, Sepsis Alliance, and other organizations.
If you are interested in promoting better identification and management of sepsis, please consider joining the Sepsis Coordinator Network.
You do not need to be a sepsis coordinator to be a member and participate in the community. SCN is a Sepsis Alliance initiative that allows sepsis coordinators and all health professionals across the country to provide guidance, and share and discuss sepsis best practice resources. The network is led by a team of expert leaders in the field of nursing with critical experience in caring for sepsis patients and developing and implementing sepsis protocols.
Please visit Sepsis and School Nurses to learn more about how important your role is in reducing the risk of sepsis and working with children who are sepsis survivors.
Sepsis Alliance has also created a nursing education tool, Nurses Suspect Sepsis. The tool debuted at the 2017 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition and is free and available to the public. Hospitals and healthcare systems are encouraged to share this tool at their next continuing education session or staff meeting to refresh staff on early identification of sepsis.
It is known that providing rapid care to patients with sepsis with immediate antibiotics and fluids as part of an organized approach has the potential to save thousands of lives a year. This 20-minute video was created using the expertise of physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds around the country. It provides an overview of the definition and symptoms of sepsis along with consequences as sepsis progresses. By the end of the video, viewers will be able to recognize early warning signs of sepsis and describe interventions and therapies to treat it.
How can you help spread sepsis awareness?
- Top Five Ways Nurses Can Improve Sepsis Awareness In Their Facility
- Top Five ways Nurses Can Improve Sepsis Care
Do you have any suggestions to share with your colleagues? If so, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them in the Nurses’ Station section.