tom-ahrensSepsis Alliance is honoring Tom Ahrens, PhD, RN, for the tremendous amount of work he has done to raise sepsis awareness through sepsis education and technology application. Tom is a research scientist at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He has developed clinical education sites for healthcare professionals, and is a strong advocate for hospitalized families.

Aside from his active role in sepsis education, Tom has also published five books and over 100 papers. His book “Essentials of Oxygenation” was an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. One of his research papers focused on how improving communication with families of high-risk patients can improve the patient outcomes and costs associated with the illnesses. In 2004, he was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. From 2006 to 2008, Tom was the American Academy of Critical Care Nurses’ representative to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

“I think that what I, and others, are trying to do is not only educate about sepsis but how to prevent, recognize and manage sepsis,” Tom explained to Sepsis Alliance. “Sepsis is such a horrific condition that we need enormous efforts by many people to make an impact on reducing the incidence and severity of sepsis. Sepsis Alliance plays a leading role in the education of the public about sepsis. The role SA plays cannot be overemphasized, considering the need to educate the public about preventing and recognizing sepsis.“

Since 2009, Tom has been AACN’s representative for the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), with the goal to establish a research agenda for critical care in the US.