Sepsis management

Knowledge on the Go

Sep 16 2021 • 10 mins

Effectively managing sepsis is a challenge in every health care organization, and it has required an extensive and involving program at the medical center for Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles. Keeping clinicians, particularly physicians, engaged is crucial to improving clinical outcomes in sepsis patients. This podcast delves into real-world, essential details about how both the work of a physician champion and the use of supporting data have contributed to effective sepsis management.

Guest speakers:

Lisa Johnson, DNP, MSN, RN, CENP


Quality and Outcomes Management

USC-Keck Medical Center

Tarina Lee Kang, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Medical Director, Quality

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Tusdi Rodriguez, BSN, RN, OCN

Clinical Quality Specialist

USC-Keck Medical Center


Marilyn Sherrill, MBA, RN

PI Program Director


Show Notes:

[00:25] Start of the new sepsis initiative at USC-Keck Medical Center (Lisa Johnson)

[01:51] Challenges in prior efforts and changes made (Tusdi Rodriguez)

[03:07] Role of the physician champion (Tarina Kang)

[03:53] Attitude to take when working with physicians on sepsis – the long game (Kang)

[05:29] Value of physician champion in saying what others cannot (Johnson)

[06:07] Preparing for the crucial conversation – know the patient (Kang, Rodriguez)

[09:10] Rundown of a successful sepsis management framework (Johnson)

Links | Resources:

Archived video of PI Collaborative on Sepsis Management Click here

Slide presentation from Vizient PI Collaborative on Sepsis Management Click here

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