Speaking of Sepsis Podcast

A production of the IPRO Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC)

Speaking of Sepsis highlights stories of hospitals and healthcare workers innovating and improving sepsis care through clinical and operational implementation of best practices and multidisciplinary collaboration. Each episode features a healthcare professional who shares the struggles and successes of sepsis improvement work. Listen to learn their best practices to improve the care of sepsis patients and reduce sepsis mortality.


Episode 1In this inaugural episode, host Rochelle Beard welcomes Natasha Reese, an Infection Preventionist from St. Joseph Health in the Lexington area of Kentucky to share her insights regarding the IP’s involvement in sepsis prevention, identification, and care.Listen Now
Episode 2In this episode, Rochelle Beard, RN, Infection Preventionist, interviews Carrie Addy, RN,  Sepsis Program Coordinator for Adena Health System in Ohio, about one of their hospital’s Joint Commission Sepsis Certification, the system’s sepsis program, and more.Listen Now
Episode 3Listen as host Jenny Pritchett, Quality Improvement Advisor with the Superior Health Quality Alliance, interviews Jodi Kierstead, a Performance Improvement Specialist from Northern Light A. R. Gould Hospital, who shares her insights and experience providing sepsis education to clinical staff.
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Episode 4Host Jenny Pritchett interviews Monica Theroux Inpatient, Quality Coordinator at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine. Monica shared her experiences in a dual role as both a quality coordinator and sepsis coordinator.
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Episode 5CarlaLisa Rovere-Kistner, LCSW, CPHQ, CCM, HQIC Quality Improvement Specialist, is our host for this episode. Tune in for an insightful conversation with Thomas Workman, PhD, Principal Research, American Institutes for Research, a patient and family engagement subject matter expert; and Pooja Kothari, a health equity subject matter expert from QSource. The topics: what is the impact of patients, families and their needs on sepsis treatment and outcomes, how can we address community vulnerabilities to sepsis by identifying those at highest risk, and more.Listen Now
Episode 6In this episode, host Rochelle Beard speaks to Lisa Zaykoski, Sepsis Coordinator, Commonwealth Health/Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania, about the importance of C-suite support in sepsis care.
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Episode 7Rochelle Beard, RN, Infection Preventionist, Kentucky Hospital Association, interviews Karan Shah, MD, of PC3 Health, about physician engagement and buy-in regarding sepsis prevention, identification and treatment.
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