Sepsis happens, in hospitals, nursing homes and other settings. Understanding the fundamental principles of recognizing and treating sepsis is equally important across the continuum of care in hospitals, nursing homes, and EMS units. Dr. Steven Simpson believes sepsis is the number one killer in American hospitals; during this presentation he discusses how to be appropriately prepared to manage the sepsis patient.
Dr. Steven Q. Simpson is a Professor of Medicine and Acting Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Kansas. He is also Chair of Interdisciplinary Critical Care at the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Director of three intensive care units. Dr. Simpson is a member of the board of directors of Sepsis Alliance and of the Board of Regents of CHEST. He has done research in all areas of severe sepsis from molecular and cellular mechanisms, to translational studies, to quality improvement studies. He was a founder, in 2005, of the Midwest Critical Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative effort to improve the quality of critical care services throughout the Midwest. In 2007, he initiated the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide program to improve severe sepsis care and outcomes throughout the state via continuing education both in sepsis and in quality improvement principles, and via inter-professional collaboration.
He is currently heading a sepsis collaborative across the spectrum of care among Kansas hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency medical systems and is a contributing faculty member of the ongoing Surviving Sepsis Campaign collaboratives, leading the effort in the Midwest. He is a participant in the 2016 review and update of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines. Dr. Simpson was the North American co-chair of the International Single Day Point Prevalence Study for Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock (IMPRESS) in the fall of 2013. During his tenure at the University of New Mexico he contributed to the discovery of a particular form of sepsis, the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, and published numerous papers on the clinical description, the hemodynamic description, and the approach to supportive care for patients with the syndrome, including extracorporeal hemodynamic and oxygenation support.
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