December 2019

ED Sepsis Recognition and Flowsheet Scenario Video

This IU Health Sepsis Steering Committee Council sponsored video reflects scenarios of recognition and treatment of sepsis in the emergency department such as risk factors and missed warning signs.  CLICK HERE to view this video.

Risk factors for Sepsis can be identified using the 6A's:

  1. Age 75 years old
  2. Admits recently to hospital, sub-acute rehabilitation (SAR) or long term acute care (LTAC)
  3. Antibiotics recently
  4. Antineoplastics recently or cancer diagnosis
  5. Abuse of IV drugs
  6. AIDS or other causes of immunocompromization

Easily Missed Warning Signs:

  • Altered mental status
  • Localized complaints
  • Hypothermia
  • Mild elevations in respiratory and/or heart rate
  • Unexplained leukopenia or leukocytosis
  • Elevated creatinine
  • Hyperglycemia without diabetes
  • Any other unexplained laboratory abnormality

ED Sepsis Recognition and Treatment Flow Sheet FAQ’s and Recommendations

Through research and reviewing available data it was found that >80% of patients, nationwide and at IU Health, that are diagnosed with sepsis present to the ED.  After discussion with key stakeholders in every IU Health Region, recognition and early initiation were found to be key drivers in improving sepsis care in our hospitals. A Sepsis Steering Committee was formed with multi-disciplinary representation from across the system to review the recognition and treatment flow sheets already existing in IU Health, current literature, and feedback from quality abstractors and sepsis leaders on where we needed to improve sepsis care to develop a standardized Sepsis Screen and Treatment Flowsheet.  Use of this flowsheet will begin in January 2020 in all emergency departments.

If you have any questions, please seek out your local Sepsis Team Leader.

CLICK HERE to view the FAQ and ED Sepsis Recognition and Treatment Flowsheet.





Post-Sepsis Syndrome: Recognition and Management Webinar - Sepsis Alliance


Date: Thursday, December 12

Time: 2 PM EST


Post-sepsis syndrome affects up to 50% sepsis survivors, and is associated with cognitive, physical, and mental health impairments. Healthcare professionals who recognize post-sepsis syndrome and initiate treatment can positively impact post-sepsis quality of life in their patients. This webinar will review signs and symptoms of sepsis and categorize them from a review of the literature. Opportunities for improving outcomes, including determination of a patient’s goals of care, functional and mental health rehabilitation, and infection prevention, are discussed.

CLICK HERE to register.

Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis: A Balancing Act (2019 Update) Webinar – Sepsis Alliance

Date: Thursday, December 19

Time: 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST


This webinar will present an overview of antibiotic stewardship and recent research regarding antibiotic treatments and sepsis care. Strategies to prevent antibiotic resistance and provide optimal care for sepsis patients will be discussed. The CDC latest guidance and new research on antibiotic stewardship will be presented. Antibiotic stewardship program experience in hospital settings will be shared.

CLICK HERE for more information

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - AHA Resource

The American Hospital Association (AHA) released a toolkit, that provides guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team of front-line clinicians and subject matter experts, the toolkit includes links to guidelines, training, webinars, reports and other resources.

This toolkit includes resources for hospitals and health systems to share with clinicians and patients and to use to enhance partnerships within their communities. The information is categorized into eight topic areas:

  1. Clinician education on prescribing practices
  2. Non-opioid pain management
  3. Addressing stigma
  4. Treatment options for opioid use disorders
  5. Patient, family and caregiver education
  6. Transitions of care
  7. Safeguarding against diversion
  8. Collaborating with communities

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