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DNP Project


Background: Sepsis is a time sensitive, life-threatening syndrome that proceeds through a continuum of devastating events resulting in organ damage and eventual death. Unfortunately, this syndrome impacts millions of individuals worldwide. Interestingly, the population that is most impacted by sepsis are patients admitted to a non-acute care facility such as a skilled nursing facility. Currently, there is no tool or standardized guideline for sepsis identification or prevention within these facilities often resulting in hospital readmission and increased lengths of stay.

Methods: Upon completion of a literary review on data bases such as CINAHL Plus with full text, Cochrane Library, Medline (Pro Quest), PubMed Central (PMC) and Google Scholar, a quasi-experimental research study was conducted. The project was completed through the use of pre- and post-interventional design was conducted to determine nursing staff baseline knowledge of sepsis and the impact of an educational sepsis intervention tool.

Results: The project documented that 80% of the nurses working within the skilled nursing facility had a limited knowledge of sepsis. Ultimately, the study concluded with the beneficial impact of implementing a sepsis educational presentation tailored for the facility to increase sepsis knowledge.

Keywords: Sepsis, awareness, skilled nursing facility, nursing, educational intervention tool.