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Adult Sepsis Nursing Competency. Jonna Bobeck BSN, RN, CEN. Competency Instructions. Listen to Competency Read linked policies/guideline Read article Print test and complete. Return test to Clinical Education. What is Sepsis?. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) Sepsis

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adult sepsis nursing competency

Adult Sepsis Nursing Competency

Jonna Bobeck BSN, RN, CEN

competency instructions
Competency Instructions
  • Listen to Competency
  • Read linked policies/guideline
  • Read article
  • Print test and complete. Return test to Clinical Education
what is sepsis
What is Sepsis?
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS)
  • Sepsis
  • Severe Sepsis
  • Septic Shock
the sepsis continuum







The Sepsis Continuum
  • A clinical response arising from a nonspecific insult, with 2 of the following:
    • T >38oC or <36oC
    • HR >90 beats/min
    • RR >20/min
    • WBC >12,000/mm3or <4,000/mm3 or >10% bands

SIRS with a


or confirmed



Sepsis with

organ failure



epidemiology of sepsis
Epidemiology of Sepsis
  • Sepsis in the United States
  • Major cause of Morbidity and Mortality
    • Leading cause of death in non-cardiac ICU in US
    • 10th leading cause of death overall
  • Annually in >200,000 sepsis deaths
  • Average cost per patient is $60,000
  • Average annual cost to health care system = 16.7 billion
  • Average hospital length of stay is 19.6 days
surviving sepsis campaign ssc
Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)
  • A collaboration of three leading professional organizations
  • Efforts to improve treatment and decrease mortality
  • Click below to visit SSC website:

therapy across the sepsis continuum







Therapy Across the Sepsis Continuum

Early Goal Directed Therapy

Antibiotics and Source Control

Insulin and tight glucose control

sepsis management guidelines
Sepsis Management Guidelines
  • Initial resuscitation (first 6 hours)
    • Begin immediately for elevated lactate or hypotension
    • Resuscitation goals:
      • CVP 8-12 mmhg
      • MAP > 65mmhg
      • Urine output > 0.5 ml/kg/hr
      • Central venous oxygenation > 70%, mixed venous

> 65%

  • Careful history and physical
  • Obtain appropriate cultures
  • Do not delay antibiotics
antibiotic therapy
Antibiotic Therapy
  • Begin as soon as possible
  • Broad-spectrum
  • Reassess
  • Duration
source identification and control
Source Identification and Control
  • Site of infection
  • Evaluate for focus of infection
  • Source control measures
  • Remove infected devices
safe study and fluid therapy
Safe Study and Fluid Therapy
  • Resuscitate using crystalloids or colloids
  • CVP > 8mmhg
  • Use fluid challenge technique
  • Monitor for overload
prh fluid therapy instructions
PRH Fluid Therapy Instructions
  • SIRS/Early Sepsis
    • Bolus 0.9 NS 20ml/kg
  • Sepsis
    • If MAP less than 65 mmHg give 0.9 NS at 20ml/kg as a bolus; repeat x 1 if MAP continues less than 65 mmHg
prh fluid therapy instructions1
PRH Fluid Therapy Instructions
  • Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock
    • If MAP less than 65 mmHg give 0.9 NS at 20ml/kg as a bolus; repeat x 1 if MAP continues less than

65 mmHg. If MAP les than 65 mmHg following 40ml/kg

then begin:

Norepinephrine up to 20mcg/min to maintain MAP >65

Vasopressin 0.04 units/minute to maintain MAP >65

  • Maintain MAP > 65 mm Hg
  • Norepinephrine or dopamine
inotropic therapy
Inotropic Therapy
  • Dobutamine in patients with myocardial dysfunction
  • Combined inotrope/vasopressor
  • Low-dose glucocorticoids
  • Choice of steroid
  • Adrenal insuffieiency
  • Prolonged survival
blood transfusion
Blood Transfusion
  • PRBC’s
  • Oxygen delivery impairment
  • Target hemoglobin of 7.0 – 9.0 g/dL
  • Measure the mixed central venous 02 saturation (Scv02) by obtaining ABG from distal port of CVC line.
    • If Scv02 >70% - therapy achieved
    • If Scv02 is <70% check hematocrit and follow protocol
mechanical ventilation
Mechanical Ventilation
  • Mechanical ventilation of sepsis-induced acute lung injury (ALI)/ARDS
  • Targets
  • Peep
  • Conservative fluid strategies
glucose control
Glucose Control
  • Hyperglycemia associated with poor outcomes
  • Target glucose 140 – 180mg/dL
  • NICE-SUGAR trial

PRH Insulin Order Guideline

dvt prophylaxsis
DVT Prophylaxsis
  • Low molecular weight heparin
  • Mechanical prophylaxis
evaluation for sepsis screening tool
Evaluation for Sepsis Screening Tool
  • Press Ctrl and click link to view tool:

- Surviving Sepsis Campaign

severe sepsis bundles
Severe Sepsis Bundles
  • Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle
  • Sepsis Management Bundle
sepsis resuscitation bundle to be accomplished asap and scored over 6 hours
Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle: (To be accomplished ASAP and scored over 6 hours)
  • Serum lactate measured
  • Blood cultures obtained prior to antibiotic administration
  • From the time of presentation, broad-spectrum antibiotics administered within 3 hours for ED admissions and 1 hour for non-ED ICU admissions
  • In the event of hypotension and/or lactate > 4 mmol/L (36 mg/dl):
    • Deliver an initial minimum of 20 ml/kg of crystalloid (or colloid equivalent)
    • Apply vasopressors for hypotension not responding to initial fluid resuscitation to maintain mean arterial pressure (MAP) > 65 mm Hg
  • In the event of persistent hypotension despite fluid resuscitation (septic shock) and/or lactate > 4 mmol/L (36 mg/dl):
    • Achieve central venous pressure (CVP) of > 8 mm Hg
    • Achieve central venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) of > 70%
sepsis management bundle to be accomplished asap and scored over 24 hours
Sepsis Management Bundle:(To be accomplished ASAP and scored over 24 hours)
  • Low-dose steroids
  • Activated Protien C - administered in accordance with a standardized ICU policy
  • Glucose control maintained > lower limit of normal, but < 180 mg/dl
  • Inspiratory plateau pressures maintained < 30 cm H2O for mechanically ventilated patients
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