​The Campaign provides numerous resources aimed at increasing awareness and providing education. 

Find additional sepsis-related resources at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's site Sepsis Knowledge Line., including articles from the April/May Critical Connections​ issue devoted to sepsis.​

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People
For additional resouce​s, visit the Centers for Disease Control Get Ahead of Sepsis Campaign.​​​​


 Spreading Quality

​The Sepsis in the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to ensure every patient is screened for sepsis on every shift, every day. When patients screened positive, teams intervened with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle. 

Hospitals participating in the Sepsis in the Ward project shared insights on screening interventions and eventually facilitated knowledge transfer across units within the hospital. 

The Spreading Quality Just in Time series offers short tutorials on the science and methods behind spreading interventions at the right time in the right way. This series is applicable to those seeking information on sepsis screening quality improvement, but can be used by hospitals interested in spreading any quality improvement initiative hospital wide.

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Sepsis Standard Work: Improving Compliance with Early Recognition and Management of Perinatal Sepsis
Leading sepsis experts discuss the CDC's recent sepsis Vital Signs and protocols for early recognition of maternal sepsis. This webinar was hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Nurses Association, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses.
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Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition
This webinar features an overview of CDC's sepsis Vital Signs report, a discussion on expanding sepsis early recognition, an overview of a pilot of sepsis early recognition, and lessons learned from implementing sepsis screening on hospital wards

Advances in Sepsis: Protecting Patients Throughout the Lifespan
This webinar discusses sepsis in acute care settings, septic shock guidelines for pediatrics, as well as sepsis in post-acute and long-term care settings.

Spreading Quality Just in Time: Spreading a Change
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, provides information on how to tell if change is ready to spread and how to evaluate the spread.
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Spreading Quality Just in Time: IHI's Will, Ideas & Execution
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, discusses the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) concepts of will, ideas and execution as a framework for spread of change. She discusses lessons learned from Project Fives Alive!, an IHI quality improvement initiative that seeks to  develop, test, and implement strategies to overcome systems failures that lead to preventable deaths in children less than five years of age in Ghana.
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Spreading Quality Just in Time: Scaling Up and Spreading Change
Jane Taylor, Ed.D, provides information on the implementation of change and overcoming barriers to spread change.
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Septic Shock Case Study: Acute Management of the Morbidly Obese Patient
Morbidly obese patients have unique needs in the emergency department and ICU. When that patient has septic shock, special considerations are required to ensure that the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines are implemented in a timely and effective manner.  Learn how to ensure that you and your team adjust your thinking and actions appropriately to ensure such patients get the best care. Tiffany Osborn, MD, MPH, presents a case study in which she offers insight into best practices for treating the morbidly obese patient with septic shock.
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Using the New Surviving Sepsis Data Collection Tool
Learn how to use the tool efficiently and effectively in your institution from the primary designer and member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign leadership. Christa Schorr, RN, MSN, explains the differences from the previous database and show users how to download and install it locally. She demonstrates reports that can be generated by participating facilities and answer participants' questions.
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The Surviving Sepsis Campaign as a Model for Mentoring
The Physician Assistant (PA) Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) shares examples of prime mentoring activities from the SSC. Presentations from the viewpoints of the mentee, mentor, and an objective educator will set the stage for participants to implement a mentoring program that can provide significant professional growth for all involved while furthering the reach of the SSC. Presenters include Ryan O'Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, from St. Vincent's Hospital, Mari Mullen, MD, from the University of Massachusetts, and Emanuel P. Rivers, BS, MD, MPH, IOM, from Henry Ford Hospital.
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The Pediatric Guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Considerations for Care
Too often we have heard of a usually healthy child's complaints being attributed to “just the flu” or “he seemed out of sorts,” when early recognition of sepsis symptoms can mean the difference between life and death. Overall mortality from sepsis is much lower in children than in adults in the well-resourced setting, but specific concerns related to age-specific factors must be top of mind when treating a pediatric patient with severe sepsis or septic shock. Margaret M. Parker, MD, focuses on applying the SSC guidelines in the pediatric population.
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Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings 
Brenda Downs, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD, present an overview of the considerations unique to sepsis in labor and delivery.
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Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage
Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal benefit from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients.
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Impact of Coding on Metrics
Coding for severe sepsis and septic shock is a complex, highly-nuanced skill that has wide implications for generating data to support the effort to reduce mortality from sepsis. Too often, coding is not clinically congruent with the incidence nor severity of sepsis, in turn, providing misleading reports on the metrics of an institution's patient population. Paul Evans, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CCS-P, will provide insight into how actions by all members of the sepsis team affect the generation of valuable data from coding.
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Participating in the SSC Campaign: How It Can Help You

Laura Evans, MD, MSc, demonstrates the value of participating in a team-based research project, explains how implementing quality improvement initiatives can benefit the workforce, and provides information on how to improve sepsis care.
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Conquering Sepsis Mortality: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Christa A. Schorr, RN, MSN, FCCM, discusses how to create an effective teamwork experience, and how to apply these principles to a sepsis performance improvement program. Upon completion of this webcast participants will be able to describe characteristics of a successful teamwork experience, identify problems associated with organizing and managing teamwork, apply principles of teamwork to establish a sepsis performance improvement program and develop methods to evaluate process and goal achievement.
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Administrative Buy-In: Key to Sepsis Care Improvement
Sean R. Townsend, MD, provides information on how to gain support from administrators for the resources needed to implement the SSC care bundles. Upon completion of this webcast, participants should be able to provide compelling information about the burden of sepsis on healthcare, describe how the implementation of care bundles improves clinical care, and extrapolate data from the literature and apply findings to improve sepsis care.




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SCCM Pod-354 The Septic Shock 3.0 Definition and Trials​
Ranjit Deshpande, MD, speaks with James A. Russell, MD, about the article, “The Septic Shock 3.0 Definition and Trials: A Vasopressin and Septic Shock Trial Experience,” published in the June 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Russell discusses findings from his retrospective analysis of the Vasopressin and Septic Shock Trial (VASST) using the Septic Shock 3.0 definition, and implications for trial design in septic shock. Dr. Russell is a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, and principal investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Crit Care Med. 2017; 45(6):940-948. Released: 11/16/17

SCCM Pod-346 Delays in Antibiotic Administration for Sepsis​
Todd Fraser, MD, speaks with Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc, about the article, “Delays From First Medical Contact to Antibiotic Administration for Sepsis,” published in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Seymour's article contends that "the time from first healthcare contact to antibiotic administration in sepsis, termed 'total medical contact delay,'" is not fully understood. He discusses the association between total medical contact delay and in-hospital mortality among community-acquired sepsis patients in a large retrospective cohort. He also discusses strategies to help reduce delays. Dr. Seymour is Assistant Professor of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a core faculty member in the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center in the Department of Critical Care, where he contributes to the Program on Critical Care Health Policy. Crit Care Med. 2017; 45(5):759-765. Released: 8/10/17

SCCM Pod-336 Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines: 2016 Update
Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, about the release of the “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016,” presented at the 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Levy is Professor of Medicine and the Division Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. He has no relevant disclosures. Crit Care Med. 2017; 45(3):486-552. Released: 3/30/17

SCCM Pod-326 Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Creating Spread for Quality Improvement
Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Jane Taylor, Ed.D, about quality improvement science and her contributions to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Dr. Taylor is Improvement Advisor to various institutions including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and SCCM. View additional video resources at Released: 8/25/16

SCCM Pod-300 Timing of Death in Children Referred for Intensive Care with Severe Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Mirjana Cvetkovic, FRCA, about the article, “Timing of Death in Children Referred for Intensive Care with Severe Sepsis: Implications for Interventional Studies,” published in the June 2015 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cvetkovic works as a Clinical Fellow at the Children’s Acute Transport Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a Consultant Intensivist in Anesthesia at Leicester Hospital. In this article, Dr. Cvetkovic and coauthors examine the estimator of pediatric septic deaths and the challenges local hospitals are presented with when treating children with sepsis. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015; 16(5):410-417. Released: 11/5/15

SCCM Pod-263 44th Critical Care Congress: Nursing’s Role in Screening Ward Patients for Sepsis
Ludwig H. Lin, MD, speaks with Patricia Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, FAAN, System Performance Improvement Leader at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Posa shares her insights into the role of nursing staff in sepsis screening and discusses the benefits and challenges of implementing sepsis screening protocols. Released 3/24/15

SCCM Pod-245 Neonatal-Specific Consensus Definition for Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with James L. Wynn, MD, about the article, “Time for a Neonatal-Specific Consensus Definition for Sepsis,”
published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Wynn is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In this article, Dr. Wynn and coauthors review the accuracy of the pediatric consensus definition of sepsis, specifically relating to term neonates and preterm neonates. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014; 15(6):523-528. Released: 10/23/14

SCCM Pod-185 PCCM: Defining Pediatric Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, associate podcast editor, speaks with Denise M. Goodman, MD, MS, about her article published in the July Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, "Defining Pediatric Sepsis by Different Criteria: Discrepancies in Populations and Implications for Clinical Practice." Goodman is an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 13[4]:e219-e226) Released: 7/3/12 Keywords: sepsis, shock, septic, clinical, research, pediatric

SCCM Pod-161 Clifford Deutschman on Sepsis Research, SCCM
SCCM President-elect Clifford S. Deutschman, MD, FCCM, professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, shares how his involvement within SCCM helped shape aspects of his career. Deutschman goes on to discuss an article published in a supplement to Critical Care Medicine, "Cytochrome C Oxidase Dysfunction in Sepsis." (Crit Care Med. 2009 35 [9]: Supp468-475) Released: 10/20/11 Keywords: sepsis, cardiac contractility

SCCM Pod-148 PCCM: Adjunctive Corticosteroid Therapy in Pediatric Sepsis
Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM, discusses his article published in the January Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, titled "Adjunctive Corticosteroid Therapy in Pediatric Severe Sepsis: Observations From the RESOLVE." Zimmerman is a professor of pediatrics, chief of the pision of Critical Care Medicine and director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Seattle Children's Hospital in Washington. (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011; 12[6]: 2-8) Released: 4

SCCM Pod-117 CCM: Public Awareness and Perception of Sepsis
Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, discusses her article published in the January 2009 issue of Critical Care Medicine, titled "An International Survey: Public Awareness and Perception of Sepsis." Parker is a professor of pediatrics, medicine and anesthesia at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. She is also the director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Parker serves as the SCCM guest editor for pediatric podcasts and is an associate editor for Critical Care Medicine. (Crit Care Med. 2009;37[1]:167-170) Released: 10/14/09​​​




Intensive Care Medicine

Hour-1 Bundle​

Every minute counts...with sepsis icTV- Lives 2017

SCCM YouTube Channel

Society of Critical Care Medicine sepsis-related videos are curated in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign playlist on YouTube.

Recovery After a Hospitalization for Sepsis​
This video is intended for sepsis patients after hospitalization describing challenges with post sepsis health and emotional issues. Pediatrics and Adults.

Balancing Early Antibiotic Administration and Stewardship in Sepsis​
Discussion between representatives from IDSA, CDC, ACEP and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign discuss how to balance antibiotic stewardship with early administration of antibiotics. Recorded at the SCCM Congress Hawaii 2017.

45th Critical Care Congress: Screening Every Patient, Every Shift, Every Day: Sepsis on Wards
Leaders from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign present during the 45th Critical Care Congress discuss how to implement a screening protocol for every shift, every patient, every day. They review strategies on how to engage the mulitdisciplinary team, determine when and how to spread beyond pilot units for sepsis screening on the wards and review data on compliance and learn about mortality reduction.

Sepsis Patient Tells His Story
Gary Black shares his experience with sepsis at a post ICU consequences syndrome held at the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign Improvement and Implementation Update Meeting
In August 2012, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, convened an interactive meeting of SSC leaders, as well as clinicians from the San Francisco Bay area, to explore implementation of the severe sepsis and septic shock bundles. Presentations from this meeting now are available.
Timely Antibiotic Administration in the Emergency Department
Richard Almeida, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Timely Identification of Sepsis on the Floors
Mary Ann Daly, BSN, CCRN, DC, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, FCCM
Lactate Measures: When, Why, and How Much?
Tom Shaughnessy, MBA, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Knowledge Translation and SSC Bundle Compliance
Sean Townsend, MD, Mitchell Levy, MD, FCCM, and Teresa Rincon, RN, BSN, CCRN-E


ESICM icTV Series

Making an impact on global sepsis awareness 
President Ruth Kleinpell comments on 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) Resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in this icTV video.






Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement
Sepsis remains a disorder of epidemic incidence and severe consequences with an unacceptably high death rate and devastating long-term effects. Application of sepsis care tools has reduced mortality in hospitals that implemented the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundles. Published data clearly shows that delays in the recognition and treatment of sepsis are associated with worse outcomes while early treatment improves survival.

The Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement online course provides a relaxed experience to learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. The goals of this course are to review the updated bundles in response to new evidence, to identify inconsistent application of bundles and to apply educational interventions for process improvement.

Physicians and nurses are eligible to receive 20 hours of continuing education credit. Self-Directed Sepsis Performance Improvement includes 13 online videos with synchronized speaker audio. Registrants have 2 years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

Sepsis Without Walls On Demand
Experience the educational content from SCCM’s Sepsis Without Walls conference, held in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. Learn about strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of their care unit. The faculty comprised of a multiprofessional panel of leading experts focuses on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.
With searchable slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio, you can access the entire program as if you were there. Once you have purchased Sepsis Without Walls On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging into 

Spotlight on Success eBook
Spotlight on Success: Collaborative Stories from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign was released in print at Congress 2016. This complimentary eBook showcases the experiences of 11 hospitals participating in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Sepsis on the Wards Collaborative. The development of this next step in the SSC is due to the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the assistance of the Society of Hospital Medicine.