Safeguarding Students Part 2: Raising Awareness of Sepsis in Schools and Integrating Post-Sepsis Sup

When:  Mar 21, 2024 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)


Date: March 21, 2024

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Sepsis affects more than 50 million people worldwide each year, and almost half are children. Although sepsis is the major cause of death within hospitals, up to 87% of sepsis cases originate in the community before patients are admitted. Any number of infections can trigger sepsis in school-aged children. In the second part of this 2-part series focusing on sepsis education and prevention for school-based healthcare professionals, we'll explore the crucial role of school-based healthcare professionals in recognizing the high risk for sepsis in children, including knowing the key signs and symptoms requiring escalation in care to either a PCP or emergency departments. We’ll also cover how to support children who have experienced sepsis. Attendees will learn practical strategies to identify and address time-sensitive clinical deterioration from sepsis, as well as how to best support the lingering effects of post-sepsis syndrome in students, to avoid unnecessary returns to the hospital and potential frequent readmissions.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Distinguish which children may be at highest risk for sepsis and summarize key signs and symptoms indicating clinical deterioration and need for timely escalation in care;
  • List potential lasting affects pediatric sepsis survivors may face post-sepsis;
  • Describe strategies for supporting students and their families during and post-sepsis;
  • Identify educational opportunities for educating students and their families on the importance of early sepsis recognition and treatment.

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

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