Sepsis: Across the Continuum of Care

This webinar series is aimed at addressing sepsis education and subtopics across the entire continuum of care – from critical care nurses to home care staff. This webinar series is made possible with an unrestricted educational grant from bioMérieux, Inc.

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Sepsis Alliance partners with leading healthcare organizations to deliver sepsis education webinars. The partnerships help expand the reach of the content and provide valuable resources to health professionals looking for education. Organizations interested in collaborating with Sepsis Alliance should contact us at

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Maternal Sepsis

Maternal Sepsis is the third leading cause of preventable maternal deaths in the United States. During pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or the post-partum period, women are susceptible to infection as their immune system is down-regulated to protect the growing fetus. Infection may give rise to sepsis if not identified and treated promptly. However, maternal septic shock is rare. It is important to know the signs of maternal sepsis as well as screen for sepsis in the hospital for early recognition and treatment. During this webinar, you will learn about maternal sepsis recognition and treatment and how to begin the campaign to STOP maternal sepsis in your facility. In addition, Grace Ramirez, a L&D RN will present her story as a septic shock survivor.

Surviving Pediatric Sepsis: What's Next?

With early recognition and appropriate resuscitation, most children now survive sepsis. Unfortunately, the experience of sepsis does not end at the PICU or hospital discharge for many children and their families. Functional deficits in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health are evident in up to one-quarter (or more) of children after pediatric sepsis, along with an increased risk for hospital readmission and long-term mortality.
This webinar will review the epidemiology and symptoms of post-intensive care syndrome in children (PICS-p) who survive sepsis and discuss efforts to improve the lingering effects of sepsis and critical illness for children and their families. Dr. Marnie Doubek will talk about her experience when her 11-year-old son, Zachary, developed sepsis and she found herself on the patient side of things.

Fluid Resuscitation and Sepsis

This session will present evidence-based fluid management strategies for adult and pediatric patients with sepsis and septic shock. Recommendations for fluid resuscitation, stabilization and maintenance will be discussed. The latest Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines for fluid resuscitation will be reviewed.

Caring for Sepsis Survivors: From ICU to Post-Hospital Care

This presentation will review the common sequelae of sepsis. Best practices to mitigate and/or recover from post-sepsis sequelae will be discussed. Discharge and post-discharge medical care will be presented to enhance survivorship.

Sepsis In Older Adults

Sepsis can affect people of all ages. However, people over 65 years old, particularly those who have health issues, are even more susceptible to developing sepsis than any other group. This session will discuss the pre-acute phase, from symptom onset to diagnosis, and associated patient and caregiver experiences with symptom appraisal, self-management, barriers, and interpersonal interactions.

Sepsis Case Studies

This webinar will delve into several case studies with a focus on adult and maternal sepsis. Each case will be presented, including a review of the patient’s progression, and followed by a discussion on best practices and potential opportunities to improve care. The patient perspective and experiences will also be shared.

Integration of Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship with Sepsis Initiatives

This webinar covers the integration of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship with sepsis initiatives. The webinar will be led by Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, FACOI, Infection Control Officer at Jefferson Health, and Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, Ed.M, CENP, CCRN-K, Chief Nursing Office at Jefferson Health.

Enhancing Recovery from Sepsis

Join Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc, for this webinar to review the effects of sepsis on survivors and discuss best practices for mitigating negative consequences and increasing rehabilitation. Sepsis survivor Stacy Slater will share her personal experience of her life after sepsis.

Learning objectives include:
Review common sequelae of sepsis (e.g. physical weakness, cognitive impairment, etc.)
Describe in-hospital strategies to prevent post-sepsis sequelae.
Discuss best practices for discharge and post-discharge medical care to promote recovery.

Sepsis Identification and Treatment in the Post-Acute Care Setting

Kelly Nguyen, MSN, RN, PHN Manager, Sepsis Quality Clinical Effectiveness El Camino Hospital

It's NOT Always Sepsis: A Common Sense Approach for ALS and BLS, EMS providers

Sepsis is an emergent medical condition that kills more people annually than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. For every two heart attack patients cared for by EMS, five patients are hospitalized by sepsis. EMS transports 60% of patients with severe sepsis arriving at the ED and yet EMS providers are unaware of its presence or what they should do if they find it. This presentation will discuss new sepsis criteria along with expert commentary as to how they can be applied in the field. This program includes real-world, practical methods for EMS identification, assessment and field treatment of life-threatening sepsis and a look at the current state of sepsis critical care, as well as what we can anticipate in the coming months and years.

Rommie L. Duckworth, LP
Founder, Director
New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine, llc

Maternal Sepsis Webinar

Sepsis is one of the main causes of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States and worldwide. The WHO consensus definition from 2016 states “Maternal sepsis is a life-threatening condition defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, child-birth, post-abortion or post-partum period” This session will review the unique physiology during pregnancy and the challenges to identify and manage maternal sepsis. The personal experience of a maternal sepsis survivor will be shared. To stop sepsis it is critical to consider and rule out sepsis.

Angela Graf, BSN, MSN, NP
Maile Le Boeuf, Maternal Sepsis Survivor

Recognizing and Managing Sepsis in Cancer Patients

This presentation reviews the epidemiology of sepsis in cancer patients and reviews the outcomes of sepsis in cancer patients. Additionally, the presentation will help one to understand the current methods for identification of sepsis and explain specific challenges in the management of sepsis in cancer patients. Finally, there will also be a discussion of unique considerations of sepsis in cancer patients and strategies for the prevention of sepsis. Breast cancer and sepsis survivor Carolyn Kreitzberg also shares her story.

Imrana Malik, MD
Carolyn Kreitzberg, Cancer and Sepsis Survivor

CHA Webinar - Sepsis Recognition: Educating High-Risk Patient Populations

Patients with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of developing sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition. The education of patients and families on the recognition of sepsis is vital to the improvement of outcomes. In 2017, the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic at UNC Children’s Hospital, in conjunction with their Family Advisory Board, took an ambitious step in developing education for this patient population.

CHA Webinar – The Battle Against Sepsis: Nurses Leading Change

Presented in partnership with Sepsis Alliance, Beth Wathen and Wendi Redfern, critical care nursing leaders and 2017 winners of the Sepsis Alliance Erin K Flatley Pediatric Sepsis Award, joined Children’s Hospital Association in discussing the challenges and potentials for their roles. They also shared their strategies for improving pediatric sepsis recognition and treatment at their respective institutions. Sepsis Alliance founder, Dr. Carl Flatley also shared his story of losing his daughter, Erin, to sepsis and his determination to save lives in her memory.

Carl Flatley DDS, MSD
Wendi Redfern MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Beth Wathen MSN, PNP, CCRN

Nurses Suspect Sepsis

Sepsis – it’s a condition that nurses know, but may not always recognize quickly enough to ensure early intervention. 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.

Presenter: Sharon L. Hansen, MN, RN, CCRN

Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis: A Balancing Act

This session presents what antibiotic stewardship is and why it is important. Experiences with antibiotic stewardship programs are shared by Intermountain Health and Sharp HealthCare. Key issues and challenges related to antibiotic stewardship and care of patients with sepsis is discussed.

Melinda Neuhauser, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP
Eddie Stenehjem, MD, MSc
George Sakoulas, MD

Sepsis Improvement Through a Collaborative Approach

This session presented the evolution of the sepsis program at Hoag Hospital, their collaborative approach to spreading sepsis improvement, and the details pertaining to sepsis definitions and guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Presenter: Andre Vovan, MD, MBA

New Sepsis Intervention Initiatives in Home Care and Beyond

This session presents the development of the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool. Feedback and lessons learned about the clinical use of the Tool are discussed. A major foundation project grant to promote statewide adoption, use, and cross-sector collaboration in sepsis response was awarded to HCA. Explanation of this initiative and implementation are provided as it can be adopted in other states, in other sectors and in innovative models (e.g., sepsis bundles). Case examples help to further clarify the clinical application of early recognition and treatment of sepsis.

Al Cardillo
Amy Bowerman, RN BSN
Eve Bankert MT (ASCP)

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