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Stopping Sepsis: Saving Lives in Pennsylvania

Each hospital in Pennsylvania was invited to send their chief medical officer, chief nursing officer and quality assurance representative to a one-day conference in Harrisburg in October 2016. The conference brought together sepsis experts from across the state to discuss how Pennsylvania can combat sepsis. This page features the many great presentations from the conference along with video footage from the conference.

The 2016 Conference


Sepsis Advocate

Welcome and Introduction
Andy Carter

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

A Word From the Secretary of Health
Secretary Karen Murphy, PhD, RN

Pennsylvania Department of Health

What is Sepsis and Why Does it Matter?
Derek C. Angus. MD, MPH, FRCP

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Quality Improvement in Sepsis Care - Making a Difference
Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD MSCE

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Sepsis Protocol Design: Recognition and Risk Stratification
Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD MSCE

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Sepsis Protocol Design: Management
Christopher Seymour, MD, MSc

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

The Difference Beween Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult Sepsis
Joseph Carcillo, MD

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Sepsis Protocols: A Team Effort
Faith Colen, MSN, RN, CEN

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Sepsis in 2016
David F. Gaieske, MD

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Gaining Momentum in Sepsis Care in Pennsylvania
Hospital & Healthsystem Association

Anthony J. Ardire, MD, MPH, FAAP, CPE
Janette Bisbee, MSN, RN-BC, NHA
Robert G. Shipp III, MSHSA, RN, NEA-BC

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Closing Remarks
Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP, FAAP

Streaming video link
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Panel Discussions

Protocol Implementation Across Pennsylvania
Moderated by Secretary Murphy

Innovative Strategies to Optimize Success
Moderated by Mark E. Mikkelsen, MD, MSCE

Conference Resources

Sepsis Stories

"The Story of Nile Moss: One Family's Struggle with Sepsis"
Carole and Ty Moss tell the tragic story of losing their 15-year-old son, Nile, to a MRSA infection that developed into sepsis, a complication caused by the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection.

The Rory Staunton Foundation
Founded in memory of Rory Staunton a 12-year-old boy who lost his life to sepsis in 2012. Click to learn more about Rory's story and the many accomplishments of the Rory Staunton Foundation.

Protocols and Checklists (PDF)

Sepsis Alert Checklist (Wesley Healthcare)

Adult Sepsis Management Pathway (St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals)

ICU Severe Sepsis Screening Tool (Saint Joseph Mercy Health System)

Patient Units Severe Sepsis Screening Tool (Saint Joseph Mercy Health System)

Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundles (Saint Joseph Mercy Health System)

Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Recognition and Treatment Protocols (Stony Brook Medicine)

Pediatric Acute Sepsis: Physician's Orders (Stony Brook University Medical Center)

Severe Sepsis Screening Tool (Stony Brook)

Prenatal Screening Tool (Dignity Health)

Organizations and Coalitions

Suriving Sepsis Campaign

Sepsis Alliance
First World Sepsis Congress
New Jersey Sepsis Learning Action Collaborative