The mortality rate for sepsis in the US exceeds those for common cancers. It has been identified that patients who are admitted from the regular nursing floor to the ICU with sepsis have a statistically significant higher mortality rate and hospital length of stay than those patients admitted directly to the ICU. This research echoes the findings within BHSF. Early identification and aggressive treatment are primary goals in the treatment of sepsis in preventing septic shock. The medical surgical nurse must be empowered to take action when faced with a decision how to manage the septic patient. The use of a sepsis screening tool, along with the initiation and implementation of an initial management bundle is important in decreasing patient mortality rates. We will conduct a quasi-experimental pre and post intervention via an educational session for the medical surgical nurse as well as a retrospective chart review to compare the mortality outcomes of those patients identified as having sepsis.

Data collection is through surveys and retrospective chart reviews. Research questions include: 1. Does the implementation of an evidenced based educational intervention increase medical-surgical nurses’ knowledge of early sepsis identification on post-test when compared with pre-test? 2. "Does the implementation of an evidenced based educational intervention increase the rate of "code rescue" initiation for sepsis intervention at 3 months post education when compared to 3 months pre-education?", 3. "Does the implementation of an evidence based educational intervention on early sepsis recognition for medical-surgical nurses, decrease the rate of patients with severe sepsis on medical surgical units?"

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Presented At:

11th Annual BHSF Research Conference

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Baptist Health South Florida Affiliations:

Sandra Jones, MSN/Ed, RN, CMSRN

Additional Authors:

Linda Johnson MSN, ARNP, WHP-BC, RNC-OB


Aracely Olvera, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Beverly Johnson, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Nancy Martinez, BSN, RN, RNC

Tamra DaCosta, MSN, RN

Jose Nazario, MSN, RN, CGRN,

Rachael Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Nancy Doctura, BSN, RN

Maria M. Ojeda, DNP/PhD-c, MSN, MBH, ARNP, NP-C

James Adefisoye, MS

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