Updating Your Practice: The 2017 Sepsis Guidelines

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Maureen A Seckel, RN,APRN,MSN,CCRN,CCNS,ACNS-BC,FCCM

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Webinar Summary

Sepsis remains a priority focus for medical science and bedside clinicians. Mortality rates remain high, particularly for patients with organ dysfunction. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) is a partnership of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Their guidelines are widely recognized as best practice in caring for patients diagnosed with sepsis and septic shock. New SSC Guidelines build on prior knowledge, integrating additional science on the pathology of sepsis with evidence-based interventions, particularly those defining treatments for patients with organ dysfunction. SCCM will release the updated SSC Guidelines in January 2017. Join this webinar to learn about the latest updates from Maureen Seckel, who contributed to the SSC Guideline update on behalf of AACN.


  • Discuss the sepsis definitions released in February 2016 and how they relate to current practice
  • Identify at least four items from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign 2016 Guidelines that relate to nursing care
  • Evaluate your practice to determine changes needed to reflect the 2016 guidelines




Maureen Seckel is the lead critical care clinical nurse specialist and sepsis coordinator at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware, and a member of The Sepsis Value Improvement Team since 2004. The team was awarded the Ernest Amory Codman Award in 2007 for their work in improving sepsis care. She was a member of the 2013-2015 Society of Critical Care Medicine Collaborative Surviving Sepsis on the Wards and is the AACN liaison and an author of the updated 2016 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines. Maureen is widely published and has presented on multiple critical care topics including sepsis.

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