The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – Nebraska is hosting a series of events on April 8 and 9, 2019 in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Experts and champions of healthcare will discuss….

  • How are immunizations, antibiotic use and sepsis related?
  • How can an increased knowledge impact your organization’s practices?
  • How will a better understanding improve the lives of our patients and loved ones?

The goals of these events are to increase knowledge of the connection between antibiotics, immunizations and sepsis and to identify the healthcare provider’s role in educating and engaging the consumer to be an active participant in their healthcare journey. The focus is protecting health in the community, preserving antibiotic effectiveness and preventing infections leading to sepsis through immunizations, responsible antibiotic use and good health hygiene.

The Series of Events:

April 8, 2019 | Pre Hospital Identification and Management of Sepsis
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

April 9, 2019 | Education Conference for Healthcare Providers
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

April 9, 2019 | Community Town Hall Meeting
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

All events will take place at Northeast Community College; Lifelong Learning Center – Norfolk, Nebraska

Panel of Experts:

Dr. Archana Chatterjee Dr. Steven Simpson   Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld

According to the CDC, 80% of patients with sepsis had symptoms prior to hospitalization and in the state of Nebraska, sepsis is the #1 reason for the hospital readmission of Medicare beneficiaries. Sepsis is a community issue that will take collaboration between all healthcare settings – hospital, nursing homes, home health, physician clinics – to stop this life-threatening condition. Dr. Steven Simpson, a national sepsis expert and champion, will share with healthcare providers how they can achieve timely and life-saving sepsis care.

According to the World Health Organizations, antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global health threats for 2019. Healthcare professionals have been working very hard to combat this issue through antibiotic stewardship efforts. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and animals are the cause of this problem. For there to be success in reducing antimicrobial resistance a community approach is needed. Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld, a leader and expert in the area of antimicrobial stewardship, will offer aid in understanding and offer strategies for improvement.

According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 50,000 adults die annually in the United States from vaccine preventable infections. Nebraska has seen high numbers of Influenza already this season, inevitably some of these cases will result in complications that lead to Sepsis. Dr. Archana Chatterjee, a regional expert specializing in vaccines and infection prevention, will present on these topics to help us to understand and hopefully reduce the number of these cases we see in future years.

Immunizations serve as a frontline defense against infections that can lead to sepsis and the need for antibiotics. Attend the Connecting the Dots events in Norfolk to better understand the link between antibiotics, immunizations and sepsis.

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