Sepsis is one of the oldest and most elusive conditions in medicine today. It is estimated that there are over 30 million cases of sepsis worldwide each year with over 1 million cases in the U.S. The mortality rate for sepsis is 10-20%, making this a very serious condition. This course will provide the definition of sepsis and will describe the significance of sepsis in healthcare today. It will discuss the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and etiology of sepsis. This course will also cover the CMS Sepsis Core Measures, known as sepsis bundles.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Describe the differences between the previous and current definition of sepsis
- Identify 7 risk factors for developing sepsis
- Identify 3 key strategies for the prevention of sepsis
This educational activity was developed for nurses.
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was co-authored by Barbara Connell MS, MT(ASCP)SH and Erika Probst RN, MSN, CLNC.
Barbara Connell MS, MT(ASCP)SH is vice president of clinical services at Medline and responsible for the development and execution of clinical educational programs focused on infectious disease and infection prevention. With over 20 years’ experience as a medical technologist working specifically in the areas of microbiology, hematology and blood banking, Connell also brings 15 years’ experience in the IVD laboratory diagnostics business.
Erika Probst, RNC, MSN, CLNC is the owner of Bracken Probst & Associates, LLC, an independent consulting firm that assists with reviewing medical related cases. She received her BSN from The University of Portland and her MSN focusing on nursing education from Walden University. She has been a maternity nurse for over 15 years where she assisted with the leadership of her department as a charge nurse for over 8 years and has her certification as a Mother-Baby nurse through the National Certification Corporation. She helped found the Nursing Research Council (NRC) at Providence St Vincent Medical Center, a facility that recently earned its fourth Magnet designation. She chaired the NRC for 8 years and assisted with multiple conferences, presentations, and research projects.