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Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the United States. Eighty percent of sepsis begins outside the hospital. The elderly, as well as patients with chronic conditions, are at significant risk for developing sepsis. Early recognition and treatment of sepsis is critical to improving patient outcomes.

Sepsis is one of the top diagnoses involved with readmissions throughout the Great Plains and Lake Superior Quality Innovation Networks. This webinar is the first in a series to assist communities in this seven-state region improve early

Target Audience:

Primarily skilled nursing facilities, but with relevant content for all healthcare settings related to statistics, screening, and progression of sepsis.


Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the incidence of sepsis
  2. Discuss the difference between sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock
  3. Define an early recognition process for severe sepsis
  4. Discuss the evidence based interventions for severe sepsis

Continuing Education:

Application has been made to the North Dakota Board of Nursing for one contact hour for nurses for this event.


Population Health Integration Leader
St. Joseph Mercy Health System

Pat Posa is the Population Health Clinical Integration Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Southeastern Michigan. In this role, she has implemented a risk prediction tool and associated interventions within the hospital and post-acute settings. She also works as a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital leading initiatives to reduce hospital acquired conditions, readmissions and other quality related areas. She has held various roles in healthcare in the hospital, ambulatory, and health plan settings over her 37 years in practice, including manager of inpatient critical care units, director of nursing and administrator of an outpatient multispecialty/primary care clinic.