Meeting Archive:
Sepsis Standard Work: Improving Compliance with Early Recognition and Management of Perinatal Sepsis

Meeting Description:

Sepsis is a complex disorder that is difficult to diagnose and treat. If sepsis goes unrecognized or untreated, it can lead to severe sepsis or septic shock. Though septic shock is rare in pregnancy, sepsis remains an important contributor to the maternal mortality. There is a need for protocols for early recognition and management of maternal sepsis because the onset from systemic inflammatory response (SIRS) to severe sepsis occurs very rapidly. It is important to use the sepsis bundles with pregnant women who present with signs of systemic inflammatory response secondary to infection. The barriers and resistance of implementation of sepsis bundles must be addressed for our vulnerable pregnant population.



1. Effectively implement the OB sepsis screen in the perinatal setting using adjusted parameters for SIRs criteria in the pregnant population.
2. Identify the importance of implementing protocols for early recognition and management of perinatal sepsis.
3. Identify the barriers to implementation of sepsis bundles in early recognition and management of perinatal sepsis and how to overcome them.
This webinar offers free continuing education for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Medical Residents, Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, and Administrators.
Date: Wed, May 17, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Jacqueline Sanchez
 Presenter Information
Elizabeth Rochin, PhD, RN, NE-BC
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Liz joined AWHONN in 2016 and is responsible for advancing the areas of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal programs for the association.  Liz  has over 25 years of Women’s and Children’s experience and  has devoted her professional career to the care of women and children with roles as a staff nurse, nursing educator and most recently executive leadership. She has presented nationally on patient experience and mentoring new nursing leaders. In 2008, Liz was named to the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. In addition to her clinical work and expertise, Liz has taught at the baccalaureate and graduate levels at East Carolina University College of Nursing. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   

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Dr. Ross is the Director of Nursing Practice & Work Environment at the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is also a published author, and lecturer on many topics within her research interests, which include evidence based practice, nurse retention, competency and developing/mentoring the novice RN. She is currently the President of the Chi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, a member of the Academy of Healthcare Executives and holds certifications as a family nurse practitioner and nurse executive-advanced.

Sean R. Townsend, MD
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Dr. Sean R. Townsend, M.D., has been Vice President of Quality & Safety at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, California since 2010. He is also a practicing intensivist in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at CPMC and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Townsend has been a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement since 2005.  He has also been a principal member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign leadership team since 2005, and he continues to advance national sepsis work, most recently finalizing the nation’s first core measure in sepsis working with Dr. Emanuel Rivers for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Dr. Townsend is an author of the 2008 and 2012 and 2016 Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines on the Management of Severe Sepsis.

Lauren Epstein, MD, M.Sc.
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Lauren Epstein, MD, M.Sc. is a medical officer in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at CDC, focusing on sepsis prevention, surveillance, and epidemiology. Dr. Epstein has led public health initiatives to characterize the epidemiology of sepsis, including a pilot assessment in New York, which was featured in CDC’s Vital Signs (August, 2016); this analysis has been expanded nationally to 10 Emerging Infection Program Sites. Dr. Epstein also works with leaders in sepsis to define objective clinical measures for sepsis to improve surveillance.

She received her medical degree from the George Washington University and completed an internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at Tufts Medical Center, where she also received a master’s degree in clinical and translational research. From 2013 - 2015, Dr. Epstein served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at CDC, focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections. 

Katarina Lanner-Cusin, MD
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Dr. Katarina Lannér-Cusin is the Medical Director for Women’s Services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California. She is a practicing OB/Gyn  physician in the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. Dr. Lanner-Cusin graduated from University of California San Francisco Medical School and completed her residency in OB/Gyn at University  of California in San Francisco as well.   Dr. Lannér-Cusin is the co-chair for the OB/Gyn Quality Committee for Sutter Health, a health care organization delivering approximately 33,000 babies a year. Dr. Lannér-Cusin was part of the leadership team for the implementation of the Early Recognition of Perinatal Sepsis for the Sutter Health Perinatal population.

Lori Olvera, DNP, RNC-OB, EFM-C
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Lori Olvera is a bedside nurse at Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento as well as an educator for various universities/colleges in the Sacramento area.   Lori recently published an article entitled "Early Recognition and Management of Maternal Sepsis” while receiving her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Fresno State and San Jose State. Her doctoral work included implementing a protocol and interprofessional education for early recognition and management of maternal sepsis.  Lori is a recognized as a maternal sepsis expert and has been speaking at various venues on Maternal Sepsis.  Lori was a sepsis lead for rollout of sepsis bundles for maternal sepsis at Sutter Sacramento as well as a regional rollout for Sutter Health.  Lori is currently working in collaboration with Holly Champagne for rollout to Kaiser Sacramento as well as a regional rollout for all Kaiser hospitals for early recognition and management of maternal sepsis.