Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients and Families

Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients and Families

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Recorded On: 04/21/2020


More than 75,000 children develop severe sepsis each year in the U.S. and nearly 7,000 of them die. This presentation focuses on the patient and family experience of this life-threatening condition and how children's hospitals are teaching patients and families to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis early, an important effort to save many children's lives. Included in the presentation is an overview of efforts to raise sepsis awareness through public and provider education.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Describe how early recognition of the signs and symptoms of sepsis by patients and families can save lives;
  • Discuss the importance of engaging patients and families in sepsis recognition at home and hospitalization;
  • Identify one strategy to integrate patients and family in co-designing sepsis recognition education tools;
  • Explore the burden of sepsis in the U.S., its impact on the pediatric population and efforts to raise sepsis awareness through public and provider education.

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.

Kate Holler

Parent of Rowan Holler

Sepsis Advocate

Kate Holler is the mother of 5-year-old Rowan, who was born with a rare and serious condition which has required frequent hospitalizations including treatment for sepsis. Kate has been a dedicated advocate for Rowan’s medical needs and those of other children who require specialized care at children’s hospitals. In June, 2019,  the Holler family participated in the Children’s Hospital Association Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington DC. There they met with members of congress to share Rowan’s medical journey and the critical need for children's hospital funding with members of Congress.

Nora Raynor, MSN, RN, CNS, CPN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital

Nora is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Levine Children’s Hospital. She has 39 years of pediatric nursing experience, including as Nurse Manager of a Level 1 Pediatric ICU and Trauma Program Manager for a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Currently, as a CNS, Nora is responsible for clinical program development, nursing education and clinical advancement, and leading quality improvement initiatives. This includes her work on sepsis early recognition and treatment through participation in the IPSO collaborative.

Cathryn Jordan, BSN, RN, CPHON

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT Program

Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital

Cathryn Jordan is a Clinical Supervisor with Levine Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic in Charlotte, NC. She has been with Levine Children’s for eight years as a Solid Tumor Clinic RN, Clinical Lead and Triage RN. Cathryn has been a hematology and oncology nurse for her entire career and has a passion for helping improve care for this population.

Accreditation Statements:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.8 contact hours.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours.

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