Sustainable Sepsis Systems

Sepsis is a broadly defined syndrome with a high mortality rate.  Early recognition and initiation of treatment can improve patient outcomes. Consequently, quality metrics such as CMS Sep-1 evaluate hospital outcomes on a number of sepsis related process measures. All too often quality improvement efforts result in initial improvements that degrade with time.  Some drivers of non-sustained quality may be a resistant stakeholder group, complicated process that is challenging to adhere to and natural turnover of staff in high stress clinical settings. Over the three sessions this series will focus on presenting a model for the stages of sepsis management throughout the course of a patient’s hospitalization. This will be paired with discussions on principles for sustained quality improvement with case examples that highlight both success and failure. As the presentations work through the stages of sepsis management, current literature will be summarized establishing the current best practice and strength of evidence for various interventions. Primarily the goal of the series is to provide participants with the tools to identify current system needs and how to sustainably achieve improvements in clinical outcomes. Where quality or regulatory measures require effort from the clinical team less likely to impact patient outcomes, the sessions will also highlight approaches for meeting those metrics without interrupting clinical workflows.  

This course was prepared by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, under contract #5882HD23, Iowa Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities, which is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of IDPH, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by IDPH.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Sepsis Coordinators / Leads
  • Educators
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Quality Managers

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the five phases of management of potential sepsis

  • Prepare colleagues and trainees a concise definition of sepsis and the evidence-based interventions known to reduce mortality rates

  • Identify the opportunities for improvement at their institution and targeted interventions that may improve their systems of care

  • Identify the key stakeholders and strong interventions necessary to achieve sustained improvements in sepsis.

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Note: Sessions listed below in bold are still open for registration. Those not listed in bold are are available on-demand within this icompass academy course. 

  • Session 1 | September 15, 2022
  • Session 2: October 13, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM (CT)
  • Session 3: November 10 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM (CT)


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Justin Glasgow MD PhD, SFHM

Justin Glasgow MD PhD, SFHM is a hospitalist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and serves as an Associate Chief Quality Officer and Physician Advisor to the UAB Cares Sepsis Program. He trained at the University of Iowa with an MS in Industrial Engineering and a dual MD PhD completing a dissertation in epidemiology based on the evaluation of sustainable quality improvement practices in the inpatient medical setting. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Christiana Care in Wilmington DE and then stayed at Christiana an additional three years as a hospitalist and Senior Clinical Scholar at the Value Institute. Notable initiatives while at Christiana included serving as the physician lead for the development of an early warning system to detect and trigger responses to signs of patient deterioration outside of an ICU and serving as a participant in several Sepsis initiatives. At UAB, he initially served as the Hospital Medicine Quality Director but has been the ACQO and Physician Advisor for sepsis since October 2019. He also served as a Vizient Subject Matter Expert for the 2021 Vizient Sepsis Early Recognition Collaborative.


No continuing education is provided for the on-demand sessions of this course. 1.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded to those attending each of the LIVE sessions by the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider No. 4. Iowa nursing contact hours will not be issued unless your Iowa license number was provided at registration. For nursing contact hours to be offered, you must log in individually, your webinar sign-in and sign-out times will be verified. Partial credit will not be granted. Attendees outside Iowa should check with their state Board of Nursing for nursing continuing education requirements.

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