Recognizing the severity of this problem, the North Shore-LIJ Health System in January will launch an education program to train emergency and critical care nurses on how to identify sepsis at its earliest stages and provide treatment to improve patient outcomes. To develop the initiative, North Shore-LIJ recently received a three-year, $700,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Known as the Taming Sepsis Education Program (TSEP) for Registered Nurses (RNs), the initiative will train nurses who care for patients in critical care units and emergency departments about evidence-based practices for treating patients with sepsis. Nurses will also hone their communication skills about the best ways to care for critically ill patients in a culturally diverse and interdisciplinary care environment.
“Emergency and critical care nurses are on the front lines of caring for patients with sepsis and they need the latest clinical information and tools to help alter the course of the disease and improve survival,” said Kathleen Gallo, PhD, RN, senior vice president and chief learning officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and principal investigator of TSEP. “The program also teaches nurses effective communications skills and fosters teamwork with physicians and other healthcare professionals, which has been shown to improve clinical outcomes.”
North Shore-LIJ is involved in other substantial efforts to combat sepsis. The federal grant for TSEP for RNs followed an announcement this summer by the health system and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create a new 21-month strategic partnership focused on hospital quality improvements, including testing new ways to prevent sepsis and manage its most harmful effects through earlier recognition. North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute of Medical Research is also a recognized as a leader in sepsis research, among other diseases.
The three-year TSEP will include a range of education programs for ongoing learning. They include: a web-based course about evidence-based protocols and the sepsis patient; clinical simulation scenarios practiced on life-like, computerized patient mannequins at the health system’s Patient Safety Institute, which includes debriefings with colleagues to assess decision-making and clinical and communications skills; web-based trainings on communications and teambuilding skills; cultural competency and health literacy.
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