Title

Sepsis: A Call for Incorporation of Regional Data and Improved Education Programs

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The incidence and impact of sepsis is rising in spite of efforts to increase recognition and enhance treatment. While international and national efforts to address this serious disease continue to develop, there are limited data describing the impact of sepsis at a regional level or the availability of interventions to improve patient outcomes. For example, in 2012, one of every five deaths that occurred in Nevada hospitals was attributed to sepsis. Here we aim to review the epidemiologic data on sepsis at national and regional levels and highlight the importance of professional nurses as a pool of front-line practitioners that can be empowered to improve sepsis outcomes. Specifically, simulation based learning programs are a resource, when regionally available, that have the potential to improve practitioner performance and recognition in the treatment of sepsis.

Disciplines

Nursing