Sutter Health Experts to Lead CDC Sepsis Webinar
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has tapped Sutter Health sepsis experts Sean Townsend, M.D., and Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, M.S., R.N., D.C., to lead a webinar on recognizing the early warning signs of sepsis. Sepsis, a life-threatening syndrome caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, is the number one cause of death nationwide for patients who die in the hospital. In the United States, more than 750,000 patients develop sepsis each year, and about 40 percent die from it.
CDC’s invitation to present the webinar acknowledges Sutter Health’s leadership in sepsis education, treatment and prevention, said Dr. Townsend, vice president of quality and safety at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center and physician lead for Sutter’s Sepsis Initiative.
“Through our Sepsis Initiative, Sutter Health has earned a national reputation leading best practices. Our work is closely tied to CMS’ new core measure for sepsis, known as SEP-1, assessing performance of hospitals across the country,” said Dr. Townsend. Dr. Townsend and other national experts collaborated on the drafting of the core measure for CMS and are responsible for its maintenance.
Named by Truven Health Analytics among its 15 Top Health Systems in the country for 2016, Sutter Health is a national leader in sepsis reduction. The not-for-profit network’s Sepsis Initiative team developed a standardized program that has reduced mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock by 33 percent since 2014.
“With sepsis, we know early intervention saves lives,” said Barnes-Daly, clinical performance improvement consultant with Sutter Health’s Office of Patient Experience. “So our webinar will focus on improving patient outcomes by giving nurses the strategy and tools they need to engage and collaborate with physicians and other colleagues as soon as they suspect sepsis.”
The webinar, titled “Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition, ” is part of CDC’s Sepsis Awareness Month campaign and is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, PST. Pre-registration for the webinar is encouraged as space is limited. Participants may also dial in: U.S. Toll: 303.248.0285, Access Code 6393927.
Christa Schorr, R.N., M.S.N., director of quality improvement and research databases at Cooper University Hospital, will co-present.