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Do You Measure Up: Hardwiring Sepsis Processes to....

Date: 08/04/2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do You Measure Up: Hardwiring Sepsis Processes to Meet Core Measures and Save Lives

5-Part Webinar Series: Register once and your facility is automatically registered for all 5 webinars.
Registration fee: $400 per facility


CNOs, nursing staff, quality improvement staff, physicians, infection control preventionists, and sterile processing directors or supervisors

One person dies every 2 minutes daily in the U.S. from sepsis. Survivors can experience cognitive, mental, and functional deficits long after the acute illness has resolved. Many organizations have initiated programs around the septic patient, but these programs fall short of desired outcomes. As of October 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made sepsis a core measure. The complexity of the disease, the variability in presentation of the patient, the skill and knowledge level of the provider make this core measure distinctly different and potentially a greater challenge to implement. To provide the right care to the right patient at the right time across the continuum, systems and processes need to be well defined. This webinar workshop will focus on taking the learner through a four-tiered strategy for ensuring a robust program to identify patients early in the disease and manage them based on the latest evidence. The presenter will reveal key implementation strategies for hard wiring the clinical and process behaviors. In addition, the presenter will describe barriers with reliable actions to reduce their impact, and participants will have the opportunity to create test of change action plans to help address those barriers.


Part 1: Sepsis Update 2020: Incidence, Mortality and Bundle Science Update
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

  • Determine the impact sepsis has on mortality, location of disposition and long-range economic impact; and
  • Examine any new evidence on the sepsis bundles and implementation.

Part 2: Getting the Team to Play: Strategies for Increasing Team Member Buy-In
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

  • Examine methods to increase physician participation to ensure a comprehensive approach to recognition and management of the septic patient;
  • Determine strategies to obtain leadership buy-in for the need and actualization of a sepsis coordinator role; and
  • Identify and work on an intervention for physician buy-in that participants can start by next week to implement, using test of change framework.

Part 3: Finding the Septic Patient: Challenges and Solutions to Early Identification
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

  • Identify locations and processes for screening by the front line; and
  • Evaluate secondary recognition strategies and the role of the rapid response in early recognition.


Part 4: Addressing the Challenges
Wednesday, September 1

  • Examine the evidence and practical application for fluid challenges; and
  • Identify strategies to improve timeliness of antibiotic, blood cultures, and lactate.


Part 5: Septic Shock: Vasopressors and Precision Driven Fluid Resuscitation
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Discuss rationale for use of central lines in patients with septic shock; and
  • Compare and contrast the methods to assess volume status (CVP/SCVO2, focus assessment, Dynamic measures of perfusion)


Kathleen M. Vollman MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FCNS, FAAN, is a critical care clinical nurse specialist and consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of pulmonary, critical care, prevention of healthcare acquired injuries, work culture and sepsis recognition and management. From 1989 to 2003, she functioned in the role of clinical nurse specialist for the Medical ICUs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for healthcare practitioners through the acquisition of greater skills, knowledge, and process improvement. Vollman is a subject-matter expert for prevention of VAE, CAUTI, CLABSI and HAPI, as well as sepsis recognition/ management and the culture of safety for the American Hospital Association and the Michigan Hospital Association. In 2012, she was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and is currently the financial director.