BD Illuminates the Role of Microbiology in Sepsis Core Measures

Donna Wolk, PhD,. D(ABMM) System Director for Clinical and Molecular Microbiology at Geisinger Health System

As part of BD’s commitment to increased awareness to the health and financial burden associated with Sepsis, BD is sponsoring an educational webinar in recognition of World Sepsis Day. This global disease, impacting an estimated 31 Million people worldwide, with an estimated five million deaths annually, is preventable and treatable through increased awareness and education.

This session will frame the importance of blood cultures as they relate to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and to healthcare’s efforts to reduce mortality from sepsis. It will also provide tips for laboratorians who seek to better characterize and report their quality metrics and associated improvement in their metrics to provide evidence of the laboratory contribution to sepsis programs.

Through this webinar, participants will be introduced to the concepts of core measures for sepsis and their impact on hospitals. The speaker will give examples of blood culture metrics and how they can support their organization’s sepsis program, as well as review statistics that support laboratory quality initiatives for blood culture processes.

The team at BD has arranged for Dr. Donna Wolk, a system director for Clinical and Molecular Microbiology at Geisinger Health System, to be the speaker for this event.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Penn State University, Wolk went on to earn her Master of Health Administration from Wilkes University and a doctorate in medical microbiology from the University of Arizona. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), Dr. Wolk’s professional practice extends to the national and international level, supporting initiatives in clinical and molecular microbiology and laboratory leadership. She currently serves as system director for Clinical and Molecular Microbiology at Geisinger Health System, an integrated delivery system in Pennsylvania.

LabRoots will host the webinar September 13, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. EDT. To learn more about this event, discover the continuing education credits offered, or to register for free, click here.

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