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Providence Medical Center Critical Care Director Selected to Present Best Practice

April 29, 2008

A poster abstract developed by Teresa Lienhop, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., C.C.R.N., Critical Care director at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., has been accepted for presentation at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition May 3 to 8 in Chicago, Ill. The institute is sponsored by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

The abstract is titled, “The Rapid Response Team and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign:  A Synergistic Approach to Mortality Reduction.” Lauren Gray, R.N., B.S.N., Providence Quality Management, and James Kaplan, M.D., F.A.A.C.P., pulmonologist, also contributed to the abstract.

The poster presentation details how Providence has provided housewide education to every registered nurse on the signs of sepsis; how it has implemented a hospital-wide sepsis screening twice each day; and how the hospital utilizes its Rapid Response Team to respond to positive sepsis screens.

“What makes our approach unique is that we have implemented sepsis screening throughout the hospital, not just in the ICU or the Emergency Room,” Lienhop says. “That has helped us detect early sepsis in patients on the acute care units and even in uncommon areas, such as our Family Care Center.” The strong clinical foundation of support from the hospital’s Rapid Response Team has provided synergy in further reduction of mortality in its patient population.

“It’s very exciting to be selected to present our model as a best practice to a national audience,” Lienhop adds. More than 10,000 critical care nurses are expected to attend the event. In addition, the poster presentation will be available to AACN members for the next two years via its Web site and will be accredited as an AACN interactive continuing education activity.

Providence implemented a Rapid Response Team designed to bring immediate critical care expertise to the patient’s bedside in October 2005. The hospital began practicing housewide sepsis screening in March 2007, using the Rapid Response Team to respond to positive screens.

The Midwest Critical Care Collaborative, which Providence belongs to, also has recognized the hospital as one of the leaders among Kansas City metropolitan hospitals for its sepsis screening initiative.