Your Role in Surviving Sepsis Campaign

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

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 with infection who were trending toward sepsis and intervening before organ dysfunction occurs; this change in focus resulted in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. In an effort to improve outcomes in post-acute care, the Journal of the Amerian Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) is advocating for an expansive role for nursing homes in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC). The goal of this emphasis is to give providers a better understanding of the SSC and its implication for the nursing home setting. To read the article in its entirety contact the author, Joseph M. Mylotte, MD at