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Patient deterioration and sepsis can happen quickly, and without early recognition can lead to serious illness or death. Detecting deterioration early through vital signs monitoring, and acting quickly and appropriately on the results, are fundamental nursing responsibilities to prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality.
In this free 45-minute webinar hosted by Kathryn Godfrey, practice and learning editor of Nursing Times, an expert panel explores the following main themes:
• Why is vital signs monitoring important and what are the barriers to achieving it?
• What role can technology play in improving monitoring and recording of vital signs?
• What is the role of healthcare providers and individual nurses in detecting deterioration and sepsis?
• What can we learn from the patient experience of surviving sepsis?
Dr Ron Daniels, executive director, UK Sepsis Trust, and board member, Global Sepsis Alliance
Karen Nagalingam, senior nurse lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, and acute kidney injury nurse specialist, Lister Hospital
Siân Annakin, sepsis nurse practitioner, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Laura Williams, podiatrist and sepsis survivor
The webinar was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Hillrom.
Ron Daniels is an NHS consultant in intensive care, based in Birmingham, UK, executive director of the UK Sepsis Trust and a member of the executive board of the Global Sepsis Alliance. In 2016 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to patients.
Ron’s expertise lies in translational medicine and leadership. He leads the team driving dissemination of the Sepsis 6 treatment pathway and is part of the team responsible for much of the policy and media engagement around sepsis in the UK and elsewhere, including the World Health Organization’s adoption of the 2017 Resolution on Sepsis.
Ron has worked with the NHS over the past five years to ensure that, in England, more than 80% of patients presenting with suspected sepsis now receive appropriate antimicrobials rapidly. He is ever mindful of the perceived conflict, and the synergies and need for collaboration, with the antimicrobial stewardship agenda.
Karen qualified as a nurse in 2000 from Sheffield Hallam University. She went on to specialise in renal nursing with experience in inpatients, outpatients, dialysis, transplantation and acute kidney injury. In 2007 she became an acute dialysis nurse practitioner, which involved implementing new innovations, developing the acute kidney injury service as well as managing acutely ill adults.
Karen currently works at the University of Hertfordshire as a senior lecturer, where she leads modules at undergraduate and post-graduate levels relating to the acutely ill adult. Her interests are acute kidney injury, sepsis and simulation. She also works clinically as an acute kidney injury nurse specialist and undertakes acute dialysis. She has published work in various journals and has presented at several conferences and is author of the Nursing Times online learning unit on recognition and management of the deteriorating patient.
Siân is a sepsis nurse practitioner within the deteriorating patient team at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. She qualified as a registered nurse at Southampton University in 1995. Moving immediately to the West Midlands she started her career in surgical nursing and high dependency care, spending 16 years within the sritical care environment, including 11 years as critical care outreach sister. This led to her becoming the lead for sepsis within her trust.
Siân is currently undertaking a master’s in advanced clinical practice at Wolverhampton University. As an ALS, EPALS and GIC instructor she has been an active member of the UK Sepsis Practitioner Forum since 2016 and is a current committee member; she is also a clinical educator with the UK Sepsis Trust and is a co-author of the UKST Sepsis Manual – 4th and 5th editions.
Laura Williams is a private practice podiatrist who graduated from the University of Brighton in 2015. Since graduating her passion for patient education has been reinforced, particularly for patients with long-term conditions such as diabetes. She has written three children’s books on both type I and type 2 diabetes, the first of which, <i>Grandpa, Diet and Diabetes</i> has been published.
In February 2019 Laura developed sepsis from an abscess below her jaw, and found out first-hand how fast it can take hold, and about its physical, mental and emotional after-effects. This gave her a new purpose in life.
She has since started a YouTube channel called Sepsis Education Worthing Sussex, aiming to help health professional save lives through education, and Sepsis Survivor Stories, a podcast where she talks to other survivors and health professionals on their experiences with sepsis.