Early recognition and treatment of pediatric sepsis: the development of an education resource for registered nurses

Ryder, Danielle (2017) Early recognition and treatment of pediatric sepsis: the development of an education resource for registered nurses. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition and is a major cause of mortality among pediatric populations. Delayed recognition of sepsis symptoms and delayed or insufficient treatment have been identified as contributing factors to increased mortality rates among pediatric patients with sepsis. Due to their frequent interactions with patients, research has shown that providing nurses with education about the signs and symptoms of sepsis and evidence-based sepsis treatments can significantly improve patient outcomes. Purpose: The purpose of this practicum was to develop a self-learning for registered nurses in NL to improve their knowledge and understanding of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and evidence-based sepsis treatment guidelines. Methods: Three methodologies were used in this practicum. These methodologies included an integrated literature review, a series of consultations with key stakeholders, and an environmental scan to review other educational resources on sepsis. Results: An online educational module on pediatric sepsis was developed using the information collected from the literature review and consultations. The module was developed using the eportfolio program available through Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s desire2learn (D2L) website. The module consisted of three units describing sepsis and nursing, the symptoms of sepsis, and treating sepsis. Conclusion: The goal of this practicum was develop an educational resource to increase nurses’ knowledge of sepsis to improve their recognition of sepsis symptoms and their compliance with evidence-based treatment guidelines. The module was not piloted during this practicum, however, future evaluation plans have been developed.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12920
Item ID: 12920
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 116-118).
Department(s): Nursing, School of
Date: August 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Septicemia in children -- Diagnosis; Septicemia in children -- Treatment; Pediatric nursing -- Education
Medical Subject Heading: Sepsis -- diagnosis; Sepsis -- therapy; Pediatric Nursing -- education

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