Education

​The Campaign provides numerous resources aimed at increasing awareness and providing education. 

Find additional sepsis-related resources at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's LearnICU.org site Sepsis Knowledge Line. LearnICU.org/sepsis, including articles from the April/May Critical Connections​ issue devoted to sepsis.

 

 Spreading Quality

 
​The Sepsis in the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to ensure every patient is screened for sepsis on every shift, every day. When patients screened positive, teams intervened with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle. 

Hospitals participating in the Sepsis in the Ward project shared insights on screening interventions and eventually facilitated knowledge transfer across units within the hospital. 

 
The Spreading Quality Just in Time series offers short tutorials on the science and methods behind spreading interventions at the right time in the right way. This series is applicable to those seeking information on sepsis screening quality improvement, but can be used by hospitals interested in spreading any quality improvement initiative hospital wide.

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 Webcasts

 

The Campaign provides a webcast series focused on outlining strategies for successful implementation of the SSC recommendations.

Webcast presentations are archived here within 30 days of the live event. Webcast slides are available for download to be used for teaching purposes when the presenter has given permission.

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Spreading Quality Just in Time: Spreading a Change
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, provides information on how to tell if change is ready to spread and how to evaluate the spread.
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Spreading Quality Just in Time: IHI's Will, Ideas & Execution
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, discusses the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) concepts of will, ideas and execution as a framework for spread of change. She discusses lessons learned from Project Fives Alive!, an IHI quality improvement initiative that seeks to  develop, test, and implement strategies to overcome systems failures that lead to preventable deaths in children less than five years of age in Ghana.
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Spreading Quality Just in Time: Scaling Up and Spreading Change
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, provides information on the implementation of change and overcoming barriers to spread change.
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Septic Shock Case Study: Acute Management of the Morbidly Obese Patient
Morbidly obese patients have unique needs in the emergency department and ICU. When that patient has septic shock, special considerations are required to ensure that the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines are implemented in a timely and effective manner.  Learn how to ensure that you and your team adjust your thinking and actions appropriately to ensure such patients get the best care. Tiffany Osborn, MD, MPH, presents a case study in which she offers insight into best practices for treating the morbidly obese patient with septic shock.
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Using the New Surviving Sepsis Data Collection Tool
Learn how to use the tool efficiently and effectively in your institution from the primary designer and member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign leadership. Christa Schorr, RN, MSN, explains the differences from the previous database and show users how to download and install it locally. She demonstrates reports that can be generated by participating facilities and answer participants' questions.
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The Surviving Sepsis Campaign as a Model for Mentoring
The Physician Assistant (PA) Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) shares examples of prime mentoring activities from the SSC. Presentations from the viewpoints of the mentee, mentor, and an objective educator will set the stage for participants to implement a mentoring program that can provide significant professional growth for all involved while furthering the reach of the SSC. Presenters include Ryan O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mari Mullen, MD, from the University of Massachusetts, and Emanuel P. Rivers, BS, MD, MPH, IOM, from Henry Ford Hospital.
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The Pediatric Guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Considerations for Care
Too often we have heard of a usually healthy child’s complaints being attributed to “just the flu” or “he seemed out of sorts,” when early recognition of sepsis symptoms can mean the difference between life and death. Overall mortality from sepsis is much lower in children than in adults in the well-resourced setting, but specific concerns related to age-specific factors must be top of mind when treating a pediatric patient with severe sepsis or septic shock. Margaret M. Parker, MD, focuses on applying the SSC guidelines in the pediatric population.
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Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings 
Brenda Downs, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD, present an overview of the considerations unique to sepsis in labor and delivery.
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Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage
Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal benefit from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients.
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Impact of Coding on Metrics
Coding for severe sepsis and septic shock is a complex, highly-nuanced skill that has wide implications for generating data to support the effort to reduce mortality from sepsis. Too often, coding is not clinically congruent with the incidence nor severity of sepsis, in turn, providing misleading reports on the metrics of an institution’s patient population. Paul Evans, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CCS-P, will provide insight into how actions by all members of the sepsis team affect the generation of valuable data from coding.
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Making GRADE Work: How-to for Guidelines Authors
During the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) webcast, GRADE Methodology, Mark E. Nunnally, MD, FCCM, provides information on the GRADE system engaged for the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.
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What's New In The 3rd Edition Of The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines
R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, and Christa Schorr, RN, MSN, will discuss the additions to the 3rd edition of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines and the rationale for the changes. Some of the information that will be covered will be to enumerate the additions to the 3rd edition of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, explain the updates to existing guidelines and describe the process involved in updating the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines.
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The New Surviving Sepsis Bundles: From Time Zero to Tomorrow
R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, FCCM, provide information on the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign 3 and 6 hour bundles. In this webcast, the basis for triage time in the ED as time zero is described. Distinguishing between target values and compliance goals for CVP and ScvO2 is also explored. Two 20 minute presentations are included along with a question and answer period.
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Participating in the SSC Campaign: How It Can Help You
Laura Evans, MD, MSc, demonstrates the value of participating in a team-based research project, explains how implementing quality improvement initiatives can benefit the workforce, and provides information on how to improve sepsis care.
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Conquering Sepsis Mortality: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Christa A. Schorr, RN, MSN, FCCM, discusses how to create an effective teamwork experience, and how to apply these principles to a sepsis performance improvement program. Upon completion of this webcast participants will be able to describe characteristics of a successful teamwork experience, identify problems associated with organizing and managing teamwork, apply principles of teamwork to establish a sepsis performance improvement program and develop methods to evaluate process and goal achievement.
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Administrative Buy-In: Key to Sepsis Care Improvement
Sean R. Townsend, MD, provides information on how to gain support from administrators for the resources needed to implement the SSC care bundles. Upon completion of this webcast, participants should be able to provide compelling information about the burden of sepsis on healthcare, describe how the implementation of care bundles improves clinical care, and extrapolate data from the literature and apply findings to improve sepsis care.

 

 Presentations

 

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign offers 12 individual presentations that provide background for the recommendations and suggestions incorporated in the 2012 guidelines. In addition, a presentation inclusive of all the slides is available. Developed by the authors of the guidelines, these slides may be used for educational purposes to improve knowledge and team performance.

Download these presentations.

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02_SSC_Initial_Resuscitation_Hemodynamic_Support_06_13_14
03_SSC_Infection_Related_Issues_06_03_14
04_SSC_Adjunctive_Therapy_06_03_14
05_SSC_Mechanical_Ventilation_of_Acute_Respiratory_Distress_Syndrome_06_03_14
06_SSC_Glucose_Control_06_03_14
07_SSC_Nutrition_06_03_14
08_SSC_Renal_Replacement_Therapy_06_03_14
09_SSC_Prophylaxis_for_Venous_Thromboembolism_06_03_14
10_SSC_Stress_Ulcer_Prophylaxis_06_03_14
11_SSC_Setting_Goals_of_Care_06_03_14
12_SSC_Pediatric_Considerations_06_03_14
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 Podcasts

 

SCCM's esteemed iCritical Care podcast hosts conduct in-depth interviews with journal authors and thought leaders. Find additional podcasts at www.sccm.org/icriticalcare.

SCCM Pod-326 Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Creating Spread for Quality Improvement
Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Jane Taylor, Ed.D, about quality improvement science and her contributions to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Dr. Taylor is Improvement Advisor to various institutions including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and SCCM. View additional video resources at https://goo.gl/mz2WYM. Released: 8/25/16

SCCM Pod-300 Timing of Death in Children Referred for Intensive Care with Severe Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Mirjana Cvetkovic, FRCA, about the article, “Timing of Death in Children Referred for Intensive Care with Severe Sepsis: Implications for Interventional Studies,” published in the June 2015 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cvetkovic works as a Clinical Fellow at the Children’s Acute Transport Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a Consultant Intensivist in Anesthesia at Leicester Hospital. In this article, Dr. Cvetkovic and coauthors examine the estimator of pediatric septic deaths and the challenges local hospitals are presented with when treating children with sepsis. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015; 16(5):410-417. Released: 11/5/15



SCCM Pod-245 Neonatal-Specific Consensus Definition for Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with James L. Wynn, MD, about the article, “Time for a Neonatal-Specific Consensus Definition for Sepsis,”
published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Wynn is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In this article, Dr. Wynn and coauthors review the accuracy of the pediatric consensus definition of sepsis, specifically relating to term neonates and preterm neonates. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014; 15(6):523-528. Released: 10/23/14

SCCM Pod-227 Highlights from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines
Jeffrey Guy, MD, MSc, MMHC, speaks with R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, co-chair of the updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines. In a must-listen interview for those implementing the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines, Dr. Dellinger discusses guideline highlights as well as significant changes from the previous guideline and bundles. Dr. Dellinger is Chair and Chief, Department of Medicine, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey.

SCCM Pod-213 Implementing the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines
Jeffrey Guy, MD, MSc, MMHC, speaks with Christa A. Schorr, RN, MSN, FCCM, who is with us today to discuss implementing the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines. Schorr offers suggestions and key points for implementing SSC protocols in the hospital, as well as tips to gain administrative support for implementation. Dr. Schorr is the Director of Databases for Quality Improvement and Research and Program Director of Critical Care Research Trials at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. She was also an active member on the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines. (Crit Care Med. 2013;41(2):580-637)

SCCM Pod-185 PCCM: Defining Pediatric Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, associate podcast editor, speaks with Denise M. Goodman, MD, MS, about her article published in the July Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, "Defining Pediatric Sepsis by Different Criteria: Discrepancies in Populations and Implications for Clinical Practice." Goodman is an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 13[4]:e219-e226) Released: 7/3/12 Keywords: sepsis, shock, septic, clinical, research, pediatric

SCCM Pod-161 Clifford Deutschman on Sepsis Research, SCCM
SCCM President-elect Clifford S. Deutschman, MD, FCCM, professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, shares how his involvement within SCCM helped shape aspects of his career. Deutschman goes on to discuss an article published in a supplement to Critical Care Medicine, "Cytochrome C Oxidase Dysfunction in Sepsis." (Crit Care Med. 2009 35 [9]: Supp468-475) Released: 10/20/11 Keywords: sepsis, cardiac contractility

SCCM Pod-153 CCM: Council Member Shares SCCM Experiences, Sepsis Research
Craig Coopersmith, MD, FCCM, is a professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the director of the surgical intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital and the associate director of the Emory Center for Critical Care. He shares how early involvement within the Society, his receiving the Vision Grant, and his participation in Specialty Sections helped shape his career, while stressing the importance of mentorship. Coopersmith goes on to discuss his sepsis research, including two papers published in Critical Care Medicine, "Cancer Causes Increased Mortality and Is Associated with Altered Apoptosis in Murine Sepsis" and "Streptococcus Pneumoniae and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Pneumonia Induce Distinct Host Responses." (Crit Care Med. 2010; 38[3]: 886-893; Crit Care Med. 2010; 38[1]: 223-241) Released: 6/16/11 Keywords: apoptosis; comorbidity; cytokine; pneumonia; sepsis

SCCM Pod-152 CCM: Implementing Real-Time Computerized Sepsis Alerts
Marin H. Kollef, MD, is lead author of an article published in the March 2011 Critical Care Medicine titled, "Implementation of a Real-Time Computerized Sepsis Alerts In Nonintensive Care Unit Patients." Dr. Kollef is a professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also the director of both the medical intensive care unit and respiratory care services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. (Crit Care Med. 2011 39[3]:469-473) Released 6/1/11 Keywords: sepsis, shock

SCCM Pod-148 PCCM: Adjunctive Corticosteroid Therapy in Pediatric Sepsis
Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM, discusses his article published in the January Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, titled "Adjunctive Corticosteroid Therapy in Pediatric Severe Sepsis: Observations From the RESOLVE." Zimmerman is a professor of pediatrics, chief of the pision of Critical Care Medicine and director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Seattle Children's Hospital in Washington. (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011; 12[6]: 2-8) Released: 4/7/11 Keywords: pediatric, sepsis, outcomes, mechanical ventilation, mortality

SCCM Pod-118 PCCM: HLH and Sepsis
Leticia Castillo, MD, FCCM, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, discusses an article published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, "Secondary HLH and Severe Sepsis/Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome/Macrophage Activation Syndrome Share Common Intermediate Phenotypes on a Spectrum of Inflammation." (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009;10[3]:387-392) Released 10/30/09

SCCM Pod-117 CCM: Public Awareness and Perception of Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, discusses her article published in the January 2009 issue of Critical Care Medicine, titled "An International Survey: Public Awareness and Perception of Sepsis." Parker is a professor of pediatrics, medicine and anesthesia at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. She is also the director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Parker serves as the SCCM guest editor for pediatric podcasts and is an associate editor for Critical Care Medicine. (Crit Care Med. 2009;37[1]:167-170) Released: 10/14/09

 

 Videos

 

SCCM YouTube Channel

Society of Critical Care Medicine sepsis-related videos are curated in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign playlist on YouTube.

45th Critical Care Congress: Screening Every Patient, Every Shift, Every Day: Sepsis on Wards
Leaders from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign present during the 45th Critical Care Congress discuss how to implement a screening protocol for every shift, every patient, every day. They review strategies on how to engage the mulitdisciplinary team, determine when and how to spread beyond pilot units for sepsis screening on the wards and review data on compliance and learn about mortality reduction.

44th Critical Care Congress Session
Presentations include audio and slides from R. Phillip Dellinger as he describes the process of evaluating and grading evidence for the 2012 guidelines; Mitchell Levy reporting on the data that informed the new bundles; Sean Townsend discussing how regulatory agencies perceive and respond to the sepsis measures; Richard Beale showing regional differences in sepsis data; and Andrew Rhodes urging practitioners to join the Campaign in its next efforts to reduce mortality from sepsis worldwide.

Sepsis Patient Tells His Story
Gary Black shares his experience with sepsis at a post ICU consequences syndrome held at the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign Improvement and Implementation Update Meeting
In August 2012, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, convened an interactive meeting of SSC leaders, as well as clinicians from the San Francisco Bay area, to explore implementation of the severe sepsis and septic shock bundles. Presentations from this meeting now are available.
 
Timely Antibiotic Administration in the Emergency Department
Richard Almeida, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Timely Identification of Sepsis on the Floors
Mary Ann Daly, BSN, CCRN, DC, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, FCCM
Lactate Measures: When, Why, and How Much?
Tom Shaughnessy, MBA, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Knowledge Translation and SSC Bundle Compliance
Sean Townsend, MD, Mitchell Levy, MD, FCCM, and Teresa Rincon, RN, BSN, CCRN-E

 

ESICM icTV Series

Lactate Clearance: A Tool for Successful Treatment Monitoring?
What is the place of lactate clearance in the monitoring of treatment? For which patients? What is more important when it comes to monitoring physiologic parameters? Jean-Louis Vincent answers these and other questions on haemodynamic monitoring in this icTV video.

Sepsis Prevalence & Impact
Rupert Pearse discusses the current prevalence of sepsis in intensive care and notes the impact of the SSC guidelines on patient care and overall outcomes. He describes the "full care package" and offers tips on how to implement the guidelines in your unit.

Utilizing the SSC Bundles
Richard Beale discusses the methodology and relevance of one of the key elements of the SSC guidelines: the bundle system. He describes the adapted three-hour and six-hour care bundles recommended in SSC and their components.

Lactates, Fluids, Antibiotics & Biomarkers
Ricard Ferrer Roca provides a detailed description of the changes in the SSC guidelines including resuscitation, the use of lactates, fluids and antibiotics, as well as altered care time windows and the introduction of biomarkers in diagnosis.

Antimicrobial Therapy
Ricard Ferrer Roca outlines the main factors to consider in the use of antimicrobials in patients with sepsis.

How the Updated SSC Guidelines Will Impact My Practice​
Djillali Annane shares his views on the updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines and describes how implementing the changes will impact his practice.

Implementing the Guidelines
Richard Beale discusses the reasoning behind the low rates of adherence, despite the evidence that implementation of the SSC guidelines is effective in lowering severity and mortality in septic patients.

An Interview with Derek Angus
Derek Angus reflects on the progress that has been made over the years in lowering mortality from sepsis and discusses the future outlook on the condition, including the potential benefits of utlising new novel study designs to target biomarkers, drugs and responsiveness in sub-groups of patients.

Expanding a Winning SSC Strategy
Jean-Daniel Chiche discusses the importance of scientific societies focusing on translational medicine and details the need for expansion of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign' success.

What to Do If You Suspect Sepsis
Rupert Pearse describes the importance of early diagnosis of sepsis in patients and provides key treatment strategies for what to do if the condition is suspected.

How to Implement SSC Guidelines in Your Hospital
Ricard Ferrer Roca provides step-by-step organisational tips on how to implement the updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines in your hospital.

 

 Products

 

Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement
Sepsis remains a disorder of epidemic incidence and severe consequences with an unacceptably high death rate and devastating long-term effects. Application of sepsis care tools has reduced mortality in hospitals that implemented the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundles. Published data clearly shows that delays in the recognition and treatment of sepsis are associated with worse outcomes while early treatment improves survival.

The Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement online course provides a relaxed experience to learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. The goals of this course are to review the updated bundles in response to new evidence, to identify inconsistent application of bundles and to apply educational interventions for process improvement.

Physicians and nurses are eligible to receive 20 hours of continuing education credit. Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement includes 13 online videos with synchronized speaker audio. Registrants have 2 years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.


Sepsis Without Walls On Demand
Experience the educational content from SCCM’s Sepsis Without Walls conference, held in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. Learn about strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of their care unit. The faculty comprised of a multiprofessional panel of leading experts focuses on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.
 
With searchable slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio, you can access the entire program as if you were there. Once you have purchased Sepsis Without Walls On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging into MySCCM.org. 


Spotlight on Success eBook
Spotlight on Success: Collaborative Stories from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign was released in print at Congress 2016. This complimentary eBook showcases the experiences of 11 hospitals participating in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Sepsis on the Wards Collaborative. The development of this next step in the SSC is due to the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the assistance of the Society of Hospital Medicine.