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.


          This educational activity has been a Joint Collaboration between Children's Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance.

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:

PLEASE NOTE: Healthcare providers wishing to claim CE credits should select only one credit type in the "Credits" section of the activity after completion. Physicians should claim AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Nurses should claim ANCC contact hours. All other healthcare providers should claim Participation credits. Please reach out to with any questions.

imageIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Children’s Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance. Children’s Hospital Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

For Physicians: Children's Hospital Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nurses: Children's Hospital Association designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 ANCC contact hours.

Other healthcare providers and learners will receive a certificate of attendance.


CHA has a conflict-of-interest policy that requires everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible company. Any potential conflicts are mitigated so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced. No conflict of interest exists for any CE presenter or planning committee member related to the content of this educational activity.

This educational offering is provided without commercial support.  

Medical Disclaimer

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Accreditation Period

Course opens: 01/5/2021

Course expires: 1/4/2024

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