April 16, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Peg Gilbert

photo of bacteria under a microscope which can lead to sepsis

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Severe Sepsis ICU Screening and Pathway 2012
Severe Sepsis Non-ICU Screening 2012
Severe Sepsis Screening Tool


Administrators, Directors of Nursing, MDS Coordinators, QAPI Team members


“Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care. Millions of people die of sepsis every year worldwide.” – The Merinoff Symposium 2010: Sepsis public definition

Sepsis has been named as the most expensive in-patient cost in American hospitals in 2011 at over $20 billion each year. Forty percent of patients diagnosed with severe sepsis do not survive. Until a cure for sepsis is found, early detection is the surest hope for survival. Up to 50% of survivors suffer from post-sepsis syndrome.


  1. Understand 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


Pat Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, FAAN

Pat Posa is the System Performance Improvement Leader at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Pat is also a faculty member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Phase IV Collaborative and for the national project on CUSP for Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Pat is a Keystone ICU patient safety initiative advisory board member and Technical Expert Panel member for the AHRQ/HRET program, ICU patient safety program (CUSP) and the CLABSI prevention program.


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