Sepsis Core Measures

Angie Szumlinski News

In October 2015, Medicare initiated a requirement that all hospitals report their adherence to the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1). The SEP-1 is also referred to as the “hour-1 bundle” that encourages clinicians to act as quickly as possible to obtain blood cultures, administer broad spectrum antibiotics, start appropriate fluid resuscitation, measure lactate, and begin vasopressors …


Angie Szumlinski Health

Sepsis is defined as a severe condition derived from a primary infection site. In patients with sepsis, as a rule, a primary infected focus should be investigated, and treatment must be performed in accordance with the site of infection and condition. As the most important point, physicians must consider the start of antimicrobial chemotherapy for sepsis, fatal organ failure, in …

The Perfect Storm!

Angie Szumlinski Health

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection that can be bacterial, fungal, protozoal, or viral in origin, including the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. SARS-CoV-2 infections frequently leads to organ dysfunction that is similar to that seen in forms of sepsis and other pathogenic organisms. There are clinically relevant differences between manifestations of …

Sepsis Morbidity and Mortality – Early Detection

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health

Sepsis is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality among nursing home residents. A study published in JAMDA used a sample of 31 nursing homes with characteristics similar to nursing homes nationally. The study identified several issues around documentation of active surveillance and medical oversight that may have hindered early detection of sepsis. Particularly noteworthy was the absence of documentation …

Your Role in Surviving Sepsis Campaign

Angie Szumlinski Health

In the 1980s and 1990s, several approaches were developed to counteract what were thought to be important microbial and host mediators in the development of sepsis and septic shock with the goal of reducing mortality. These efforts proved to be unsuccessful in reducing mortality related to sepsis and septic shock. Because of these failures, the focus changed to identifying patients …

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Wounds, Infection, Sepsis – End in Sight?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article in Science Translational Medicine, January 2020, a study regarding the need for improved treatments for wound healing identified a product that may actually reduce inflammation and infection. This product is not yet on the market but should give us reason to pause. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if residents with wounds could be free …

Podcast: Ep. 5 – Sepsis

Peter Feeney Podcast

Every hour that a resident is in septic shock and not receiving antibiotics, their risk of death increases by almost 10%. Knowing the signs of sepsis and early diagnosis are key to fighting the infection. Peter Feeney talks with Risk Managers Cathy Angi and Cathy Hamblen about what to look for and what to do when you suspect sepsis.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Angie Szumlinski News

Join the CDC In Fighting Sepsis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be sponsoring and promoting events during the month of September which is Sepsis Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of detecting sepsis early and taking steps to prevent it! The events include two CDC webinars, a Twitter chat and the first World Sepsis Congress.  All …

Upcoming Webinar – Early Identification of Sepsis in Nursing Facilities: Opportunities and Hurdles Webinar

Angie Szumlinski News, Training

Sepsis is a leading cause of hospital readmissions for nursing home residents, yet the early identification of sepsis in nursing homes remains a challenge. With limited research available, how might we begin to tackle this problem? Please join Christine LaRocca, MD and the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign to learn more about sepsis, who is at risk and the …