Sepsis: Our journey from there to here!

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2019/09/20 20:52

Sepsis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children, and is linked to increased hospital resource use, and prolonged intensive care unit stays. Improvements in sepsis recognition, and reducing the time to delivery of essential treatments, can improve the outcome for a child with sepsis. In reviewing safety events at SickKids, we found delays in both recognition and management of sepsis were often related to process gaps, poor team communication, and inconsistent approach to treatment.  Aligned with Caring Safely, our patient safety program’s aim to reduce preventable harm, we embarked on a hospital-wide journey to improve Sepsis recognition and management. 

In this session you will hear about our journey from the evolution of Sepsis screening in the Emergency Department, clinical pathway development, spread to inpatient care units, and recent development of Epic tools to support a reliable approach to Sepsis recognition and management. Strategies for knowledge translation, quality improvement, and evaluation will be discussed. Participants are invited to share ideas for future collaboration nationally, and development of paediatric Sepsis best practices, data collection, and benchmarking.

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Julie Watson MSN, NP- Paediatrics Nurse Practitioner, Division of Haematology/OncologyThe Hospital for Sick Children

Julie completed her Nursing program at McMaster University, and then a Masters of Nursing and Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as an NP at the Hospital for Sick Children for the last 12 years, caring for children with Cancer. She has been involved in many hospital patient safely initiatives, and is passionate about quality improvement. Most recently, she is providing clinical leadership for Sepsis program implementation, and eMR integration, on inpatient medical/surgical units.Toronto, Canada


Amanda Ellenberger, RN, MN Professional Practice Coordinator, The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada

 Amanda Ellenberger has worked at SickKids as a nurse on the inpatient Cardiology for over a decade.  She graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor       of Science in Nursing in 2008 and completed the Master of Nursing program at Ryerson University in 2018, with a focus on Health and Illness of Individuals and        Communities. Within her current role as a Professional Practice Coordinator at SickKids, she works as the program lead for the Inpatient Sepsis Program. Her interests    are related to program planning with a focus on quality and safety initiatives. 


Deborah Schonfeld MD, FRCPC Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Staff Physician Division of Emergency Medicine The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto

Debbie Schonfeld is originally from Montreal and completed her residency training at NYU and a 3yr fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. She joined the team at SickKids in 2013 and obtained a certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto in 2016. She is the M&M chair for the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is involved in a number of patient safety initiatives. Her main academic interest is pediatric sepsis and septic shock and she is actively involved in projects to improve the recognition and management of sepsis in the pediatric ED and beyond

Created by Lisa Stromquist on 2019/08/20 15:31