Long-Term Care

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

1502 - Early Detection of Sepsis in Long-Term Care Residents

Wednesday, June 14
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 117-119

Sepsis is an ongoing and significant challenge because of the large number of cases, high mortality rates, and associated costs. The incidence of sepsis is disproportionately higher in the older adult population. Early recognition of sepsis and implementation of evidence-based therapies improves outcomes and decreases mortality. While the key to survival is to identify sepsis early, the signs of both infection and organ dysfunction may be subtle and therefore recognizing sepsis in older adults with multiple comorbidities may be difficult. Despite its prevalence and serious consequences, awareness of sepsis remains low among long-term care (LTC) team members and therefore may be underdiagnosed when it is still potentially reversible. The presenter will discuss early detection screening tools available for use in LTC and how to improve and standardize communication among team members to decrease adverse outcomes and admissions to the hospital. As more LTC facilities move toward using an electronic medical health record, the presenter will discuss how to use this technology to aid with early identification of sepsis, potentially saving lives.

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Terri Roberts

Infection Prevention Analyst
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Terri Lee Roberts is an Infection Prevention Analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. In her role at the Authority, Ms. Roberts assists with improvement of patient safety by initiating, developing, implementing, and monitoring new and existing infection prevention initiatives throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition she provides education on infection prevention and control topics for hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, risk management and quality groups. Ms. Roberts has an extensive background in critical care nursing, infection prevention and control, and emergency preparedness. Ms. Roberts has authored and co-authored many infection prevention and control articles and is published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory. Ms. Roberts has authored and co-authored many abstracts for Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders.

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Janet NAU. Franck

Infection Preventionist / Consultant
Consulting Professionals, Inc.
Bradenton, Florida

Janet Nau Franck MBA, BSN, CIC acts as an interim or full time Infection Prevention consultant to hospitals, healthcare agencies and industry to provide expertise to advance program development. Successful strategies to "jump start" program success have included program assessments, policy development, survey preparation, staff orientation and facility wide training as needed. Janet has served APIC in numerous leadership positions, including as National President of APIC (1999), National BOD, founding president of the St. Louis chapter and also proud member of the Chicago and Central Florida Chapters. She has authored a number of publications, including the APIC Text and having received a blue ribbon award as the lead author of the APIC abstract entitled "The Red Box, An Innovative Method to Improve Isolation Precaution Compliance and Reduce Costs," for innovation and creativity. Janet is an author, speaker, and healthcare consultant in the field of Infection Prevention.

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