Sepsis Data Abstraction

Sepsis Data Abstraction

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Recorded On: 04/25/2019


Sepsis is a complex condition that has very specific core measure data abstraction rules, which makes it challenging for abstractors. This webinar is presented by two teams, each including a sepsis coordinator and an abstractor. The presenters discuss obstacles to abstracting sepsis data along with clinical and abstraction tips. 

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify obstacles that abstractors face when abstracting sepsis data;
  • Review best practices and techniques for accurate and early detection of sepsis;
  • Restate key strategies to comply with documentation requirements.

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.

Angela Craig, APN, MS, CCNS

ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Angela has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 25 years. The last 13 years, she has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cookeville, TN.  Angela chairs her hospital’s Sepsis team and had the joy of leading the hospital to be the first in the state of TN to become Sepsis Disease Specific Certified through the Joint Commission. She has also implemented a nurse driven protocol for hemodynamic monitoring at CRMC. Angela has presented at multiple hospitals and conferences on Sepsis.

Michael Seelman

Regional Quality Officer

Bon Secours Mercy Health

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from LaRoche College. With a total of over 30 years in healthcare and 15 years in senior healthcare leadership, Michael joined Mercy Health in 2013 after spending 10 years in various leadership roles at Forum Health/ValleyCare hospital system including 6 years as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of hospital operations. He was honored to be recognized as finalist for the Ohio Hospital Association, Hospital Employee of the year in 2007. Early in his career, Michael was published for his work in developing a home health nursing program for behavioral health patients. He expanded this effort across 30 states as part of his work with a national home health care agency in the early late 1980s. Michael remains a member of many professional organizations in the region and is very active on several community boards in the Mahoning Valley.

Marla Jones, BSN, RN

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Bon Secours Mercy Health Youngstown

Marla received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University in Pennsylvania.  She has been in the Mercy Health System for 36 years in various positions, such as; Assistant Manager of ICCU/CCU, Coordinator of Critical Care Education, Manager of Case Management, and QI Coordinator for the last 9 years. Marla also held certification as a CCRN and ACM along with ACLS instructor.  Receiving recognition from Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Sigma Chapter and Alpha Sigma Lambda, Penn State.  Marla devotes her community service to Relay for Life in Trumbull County and was August 2018 Relay calendar girl.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.

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