Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner



Faculty Chair

Dr. Melissa Duckett


Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by the body's response to an infection causing systemic inflammation. Timely intervention with broad-spectrum antibiotics is linked to improved outcomes, reversal of organ failure, and decreased hospital length of stay. Studies show that the incidence of sepsis is increasing, while mortality related to sepsis has declined over the past several decades. Effective treatment of the source of infection is key to improving sepsis recovery and preventing septic shock. Epidemiologic studies are showing startling increases in sepsis cases with falling mortality rates. Sepsis awareness is a primary focus of quality improvement initiatives in hospitals worldwide. This project focused on sepsis education and awareness. If successful, the facility will see a decrease in failures to meet sepsis bundle criteria, focusing on appropriate antibiotic administration within the facility's allotted three-hour time frame.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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