Focus On:  Sepsis

Throughout my experience in health care over the past 30 plus years, the diagnosis of sepsis has been one of the most challenging. Sepsis affects millions of people worldwide and one in four of the people affected will die. The way we recognize and treat sepsis has changed over the years and in January 2013, the International Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines Committee published its 2012 surviving sepsis guidelines (SSG), an update to the 2008 guidelines for early identification and management of sepsis in adults. Earlier this year, new definitions regarding sepsis were released.  This collection provides an overview of care for the adult patient with sepsis, focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines and definitions. I encourage you to use this collection of articles to improve the way you provide care to patients with sepsis.

CE Sepsis in Pregnancy: Identification and Management 
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, June 2016

Making Sense of the Updated Sepsis Definitions
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2016

Sepsis and Septic Shock: Lingering Questions
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, January/March 2016

Severe Sepsis in Older Adults
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2015

The Older Adult Experiencing Sepsis
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, April/June 2015

CE Helping children survive sepsis
Nursing2016, February 2015

CE Surviving sepsis: A review of the latest guidelines
Nursing2014, April 2014
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CE Get to know the international sepsis guidelines
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2014
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Improving sepsis outcomes for acutely ill adults using interdisciplinary order sets 
Clinical Nurse Specialist, August 2011

Developing an early sepsis alert program
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, June 2014

With kind regards,
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC
Chief Nurse
Wolters Kluwer,
Health Learning, Research & Practice


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