Upcoming Webinar

Zero Sepsis Deaths: A Dialogue of Passion and Practical Wisdom on Sepsis Prevention

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Each year 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis, resulting in 270,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one death every two minutes, making sepsis the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. The financial toll is also high, with the average cost per sepsis stay over $18,000. Sepsis is the number one cause of both initial hospitalizations and readmissions. 

Nearly all sepsis deaths are preventable. Community outreach, focused attention on the emergency department, and effective technology and processes to monitor patients already admitted can reduce sepsis mortality. Making a goal of “zero sepsis deaths” a reality is a personal and professional passion of Armando Nahum, a patient activist and co-founder and President of the Safe Care Campaign, and Kathleen Merkley, DNP, ANP, FNP, Senior Vice President of Professional Services at Health Catalyst. 

Join our webinar as Nahum and Merkley share stories and practical steps to drastically reduce the sepsis toll. Michael L. Millenson, Senior Advisor to Health Catalyst, patient safety expert, and long-time advocate of safer, higher-quality, more patient-centered care, will facilitate the dialogue. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to implement community outreach to facilitate timely sepsis recognition and seeking of care.
  • How to organize emergency department processes for prompt sepsis recognition and treatment.
  • How to ensure prompt sepsis recognition and treatment in the inpatient environment.
  • How to avoid sepsis readmissions.
Featured Speaker
Armando Nahum

Director, Center for Engaging Patients as Partners, Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety

Armando Nahum is the Co-Founder and President of Safe Care Campaign, an organization dedicated on Infection Prevention.

In 2006, Armando Nahum and his wife Victoria began their work in patient advocacy and engagement by establishing Safe Care Campaign after 3 members of his family became infected in 3 different hospitals, in 3 different states in 10 months’ time, culminating with the death of his son, Josh. He was 27.

The Nahums have not only turned their family’s tragedy into a positive tribute to their young son, but Armando’s educational presentations "Hospital Associated Infections: What YOU Should Know" and "Change One Thing, Change Everything" inspire hospital administrations and frontline caregivers to remind, provoke and motivate all who work in the continuum of care of their most noble challenge and moral duty to prevent these infections that annually infect more than 1.7 million and kill more than 99,000 patients in the U.S.

The story of Safe Care Campaign’s work has been featured on many national and local television and radio programs, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, FOX News, CNN: The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and The Dr. Oz Show, as well as in numerous articles in journals and publications including Infection Control Today and CNN’s The Empowered Patient, as well as in numerous articles in journals and publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Infection Control Today.

Armando has co-produced, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), APIC and a grant from Kimberly-Clark, a patient safety video – the health care counterpart to the FAA safety demonstration that airlines are required to show passengers before every flight. The video was created to be used as part of every hospital admission to teach patients how to insist on safe care through the practice of hand hygiene.

Armando currently sits on the CDC Council on Infection Prevention, the Georgia Hospital Association Advisory Board to Prevent Infection, the Georgia Department of Public Health HAI Advisory Committee, a member of MedStar Health System Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (SPFACQS) and a voting member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB).

Along with his wife Victoria, Marty Hatlie and Dr. Tim McDonald, Armando has launched the Healthcare and Patient Partnership Institute (H2Pi) to effectively train Hospitals to achieve the stated goals of CMS’ Partnership for Patients by bringing the Patient and Family member’s voice into structured and sustainable Advisory Councils.

Armando is a member of MedStar Health System Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (SPFACQS). He has been a driving force in establishing Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS) at each of the 10 MedStar Hospitals as well as countless of PFACs across the country through a partnership with Vizient, Inc.

Armando is the Patient and Family Advisor for MedStar Health Sepsis System Initiative. Through his work, he has been instrumental in passing legislation in Maryland, produce a Sepsis video for Patients and Families education, reduce mortality to 35% and win the Sherman Award as well as the Circle of Honor for Patient Safety Innovation from the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The MedStar Health Sepsis Initiative has become a national model being adapted by institutions across the U.S.

Armando Nahum is Director, Center for Engaging Patients as Partners at MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS).

In January of 2019, Armando was appointed to a four-year term as a voting member and an SGE (Special Government Employee) to the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB).

Featured Speaker
Kathleen Merkley, DNP, ANP, FNP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Improvement Services, Health Catalyst

Kathleen Merkley, DNP, ANP, FNP has been a nurse/clinical nurse specialist/ED nurse practitioner with Intermountain Healthcare, in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 30 years. She has an extensive clinical background in ED and ICU settings, nursing management experience, and has done clinical quality improvement work with the Intermountain Intensive Medicine Clinical Program. While at Intermountain she was instrumental in developing an ED EMR. She has published numerous articles related to emergency department care, informatic topics and process improvement work. She has been certified as a nurse practitioner in both adult and family medicine since 1992 and received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Utah in 2013.

Since coming to Health Catalyst in March of 2013, she has worked as a senior vice president in Professional Services and has led a Health Catalyst team which has focused on using analytics to drive clinical improvement work She has worked with clinical teams in various health systems to reduce 30-day heart failure readmissions, improve the care of sepsis patients, pneumonia and ACS patients, reduce elective inductions and NTSV C-sections and improve ED throughput. Kathy is also involved in development of the Health Catalyst content library and is on faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing.

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