Sepsis Education Resources

OHA will be recording and saving all of the education sessions and coaching calls as resources for hospitals. 


June 14 - in-person OHA Quality Summit
July 19
Aug. 16
Sept. 20
Oct. 18
Nov. 15
Dec. 20

(all calls 11:30am-12:30pm - Session topics and dates are subject to change)

Email Ryan Everett at for call-in information

2017 Recordings

SEPSIS: A Medical Emergency
Presented by Jim O'Brien, MD, MS; ​System Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, Ohio

April 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Sepsis Care

Presenters:  Cindy M. Hou, DO, MBA, FACOI – Infection Control Officer, Kennedy Health System, Stratford, New Jersey; Marianne Kraemer, MPA, M.Ed., BSN, RN, CCRN– Chief Nursing Officer, Kennedy Health System, Stratford, New Jersey 

March 15, 2017: Post-Acute Considerations in Sepsis Care

Presenters:  Mae Bellanca, MSN, RN – Director, Critical Care at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Erin Scott, BSN, RN-BC – Education Instructor at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Rick Degenhart, LSW – Director, Case Management at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Denise Stephens, BSN, RN – Director, Documentation Integrity/Utilization Review at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Joy Reed, RN – MDS Nurse at Summit Acres, Caldwell, Ohio; ​Eli DeLille, BSN, RN, CIC - Quality Specialist, Infection Preventionist,  Health Services Advisory Group

Feb. 15, 2017: Pre-hospital Considerations in Sepsis Care Presenter: Paul Zeeb, MDEmergency Medicine Physicians - Mount Carmel Health System; Chair, Region IV Physician Advisory Board
2016 Recordings

Jan. 13, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm (Coaching Call) - Action Plans

OHA held a webinar to focus on Action Plans and Improvement Processes. To begin, OHA presented a Driver Diagram that can be used by hospitals. This was followed by a presentation from Jeanie Alt, RN, BSN, who serves as Quality Improvement Supervisor, and Cindy Mefferd, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, from Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center. This was followed by a presentation by Mary LeVan, Director of Quality/Risk Management, and Grant Varian, MD, Medical Director, from Mary Rutan Hospital. 

Feb. 17, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Stopping Sepsis Initiative"

The Ohio Hospital Association hosted an Educational webinar as a part of its statewide initiative on stopping sepsis. This webinar provided an overview of the leadership approach to action planning and sustainable improvements in sepsis care (through early identification and early intervention) made by the Kennedy Health System in Stratford, New Jersey in their “Stopping Sepsis Initiative”.

Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, Ed.M, CCRN
Dr. Cindy Meng Hou

March 16, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Pre-Hospital Provider Recognition and Treatment of Sepsis"

The Ohio Hospital Association hosted its monthly sepsis webinar featuring Rommie Duckworth on “Pre-Hospital Provider Recognition and Treatment of Sepsis”. Rommie Duckworth, LP is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than 25 years working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. Currently a career fire captain and paramedic EMS coordinator, Rommie is an emergency services advocate, a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, and a contributor to emergency services research, textbooks, and print and online media. Rommie was also awarded as a 2015 Sepsis Hero by Sepsis Alliance.

April 20, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Obstetric Sepsis and Simulation Training"

The Ohio Hospital Association hosted its monthly sepsis webinar featuring Cynthia Shellhaas, MD, MPH, and Stephen Thung, MD, from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They discussed maternal morbidity & mortality, the Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) project, discussed simulation training and the related project through PAMR in Ohio, as well as OSU’s OB Sepsis project.

May 18, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Integrating Palliative Care as Standard Care in Sepsis Treatment"

Katherine Eilenfeld, DO: Dr. Eilenfeld is an Internal and Palliative Medicine physician with Westshore Primary Care in Westlake, Ohio.  Dr. Eilenfeld earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Valparaiso University and her Doctor of Osteopathy from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). She completed her internship and residency, both in internal medicine, at University Hospital St. John Medical Center and her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Eilenfeld is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Eilenfeld’s primary focus is on adult primary care, chronic disease, and palliative medicine including aggressive pain and symptom management. She has special interest in the areas of geriatrics, end of life care, and medical ethics. 
Marlene Oliver, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN: Marlene Oliver is a Palliative Care Coordinator at University Hospital St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ohio University and an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Lorain County Community College.  She is a board certified hospice and palliative care nurse and is a member of the Supportive Care Coalition and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association.

June 15th, 2016 - OHA Quality Summit - "Across the Continuum of Care"

The June education session was held in-person as a part of OHA’s 9th Annual Quality Summit. The slides for each panelist are linked below.
  • James O’Brien, MD, MSVice President, Quality and Patient Safety - OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital; Chair, Board of Directors - Sepsis Alliance

July 20, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Fluid Resuscitation: Addressing Physician Buy-in with Clinical Evidence"

Presenters: Michael Patterson, DO - Vice President, Medical Affairs, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital & Carole Cahaney, BSN, Sepsis Coordinator, Quality Improvement Specialist, Union Hospital

Aug. 17, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - "Adequacy of Fluid Resuscitation"

Presenters: Michael Taylor, MD, FACS - Medical Director, Surgical Critical Care, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital; Medical Director, Critical Care, and Vice Chief of Staff, Cleveland Clinic  Avon Hospital; Board of Directors, Sepsis Alliance

Case Studies/Success Stories by: 
Kim Biery, DNP, RN, NEA-BCDirector Quality Innovation, Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital South
Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, DNP, RN, NE-BCDirector of Nursing, Emergency Services, Southern Ohio Medical Center
Elvis Walters, BSN, RNNurse Manager, Emergency Services, Southern Ohio Medical Center

September - Sepsis Awareness Month

In recognition of September being Sepsis Awareness Month, the CDC is hosted three free educational presentations throughout the month related to sepsis. For this reason, OHA did not conduct its regular monthly call. The CDC calls are linked below:

OHA and our hospitals are taking the lead to decrease the number of sepsis deaths in Ohio by increasing early recognition of the signs of sepsis and early intervention. In September, OHA launched the next phase of our work with the "OHA Signs of Sepsis (SOS)" initiative. This initiative aims to engage partners across the continuum of care. More information can be found on our OHA SOS webpage. Watch our September news event here. Below is the OHA SOS "Be a Lifesaver" vignette:

Oct. 19, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - Antibiotic Selection in Sepsis Care

Presenter: Steven D. Burdette, MD, FIDSA, FACPProfessor of Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine; Infectious Diseases Fellowship Director, WSU; Medical Director, Employee Health Kettering Health Network; Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Miami Valley Hospital

Jan. 18, 2016 - 11:30-12:30pm - Effective Practices

Presenters: Heidi MannixDirector, Data Analysis and Reporting, Ohio Hospital Association
Maria Ryhal, MDCQI Physician Liaison, Salem Regional Medical Center
Lyn Pethtel, BS, SM(ASCP), RN, CIC, Director, Quality Improvement & Infection Control, Salem Regional Medical Center
Diane Cartwright, RN, BSN, CCMQuality and Accreditation, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital
2015 Recordings

May 7, 2015 - Informational Webinar for Statewide Sepsis Initiative

June 10, 2015 - Quality Summit: The Impact of Sepsis

At the OHA Quality Summit, Dr. James O'Brien, MD, MS, the Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, delivered the Keynote address and moderated a panel of Ohio hospitals on the topic of sepsis.

Dr. Jim O'Brien - OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
Christine Boulden - Akron General Medical Center
Carol Colussi - James Cancer Center at OSU
Carol Murphy - Union Hospital

July 15, 2015 - 11:30-12:30pm (Coaching Call)

  • Overall data-sharing discussion & Gap Analysis - recorded session
  • Slides can be found here
  • Questions from the call can be found here

Aug. 12, 2015 - 11:30-12:30pm (Educational Call)

OHA held a webinar focusing on understanding sepsis and the evidence-based bundles. Dr. James O'Brien from Sepsis Alliance & OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, serving as the physician champion of OHA's initiative, was the presenter.

Sept. 16, 2015 - 11:30-12:30pm (Coaching Call)

Oct. 21, 2015 - 11:30-12:30pm (Educational Call)

OHA hosted a webinar to hear from two Ohio hospitals regarding “Early Recognition of Sepsis”. Successes, lessons learned, challenges addressed, and work in progress were shared by both an academic medical center, University Hospitals, as well as a community hospital, Knox Community Hospital. In addition, Summa Health System also shared a best practice tool with the statewide initiative.

Nov. 18, 2015 - 11:30-12:30pm (Coaching Call)

OHA held a webinar focusing upon the topic of fluid resuscitation, a component of the three-hour bundle. The key presenter was Matthew Exline, MD, who is an associate professor of Clinical, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Ohio State University.
Our case example for this month was presented by Jennifer Meek, MSN, RN, who serves as Quality Improvement Specialist at Marietta Memorial Hospital.  She addressed how triage assessment has changed sepsis care delivery in the Emergency Department and how it has improved compliance with the three-hour bundle.

  • Fluid Resuscitation in Septic Shock - recorded session
  • Slides for Dr. Exline's presentation can be found here


Salem Regional Medical Center 

This is a poster that can be downloaded and printed at your facility to demonstrate the use of procalcitonin for sepsis diagnosis and antibiotic treatment. This poster is reprinted from Salem Regional Medical Center’s physician newsletter of January 2015. This poster shows the workflow for procalcitonin for sepsis diagnosis. Table one within the poster demonstrates the initial antibiotic use algorithm based on the PCT value. The second table shows the sepsis follow-up PCT antibiotic use algorithm based on PCT value.

Click here to download the Procalcitonin Table.


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