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Sepsis: The hemodynamic challenging patient


September 21, 2023

@12 PM ET; 11 AM CT; 9AM PT



Angela Craig, MS, APN, CCNS, CCRN-K

                        Clinical Nurse Specialist for ICU, CRMC Sepsis Coordinator

                        Cookeville Regional Medical Center


Sepsis is one of the most complex of all types of hemodynamic disturbances. It is the shock state that changes from a volume-depleted, low blood flow state to a high flow, hyperdynamic state as the patient's condition worsens. Consequently, treatment varies according to the patient's hemodynamic picture. A fundamental understanding of hemodynamic abnormalities and associated therapies is of critical importance for practicing clinicians. This presentation will focus on a sepsis case study to show how hemodynamic variables and reliable cardiac monitoring systems can assist in rapid assessment and intervention to then improve patient outcomes.  


Learning Objectives:  

  1. Discuss the importance of a reliable monitoring system to treat our sepsis patients.

  2. Describe the use of hemodynamic variables to assess and treat patients.

  3. Discuss a sepsis case study to integrate hemodynamic monitoring to maximize best outcomes


Faculty Bio

Angela Craig. MS, APN, CCNS, CCRN-K is the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the ICU at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cookeville TN. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 25 years and the last 15 have been in the 28 bed ICU at CRMC. A chair of her hospital’s sepsis team, she has led her hospital to be the first sepsis disease-specific certified hospital in the state of Tennessee/ Additionally, she is the Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board Member and Sub Committee Member of this group called The Clinical Community Advisory Committee. She has worked with area nursing homes/long term care facilities/home health care and EMS to increase early identification of potential infections and effective interventions.

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