Sepsis and Kidney Disease


Sepsis and Kidney Disease

Presented by: Sharon Hanson, M.N., R.N., C.C.R.N
Sepsis Alliance with guest Stacy Slater

March 22, 2018 2:00 PM Eastern


Just over half of Americans have ever heard of sepsis. Learn about this often preventable and treatable condition to help save a life. The presentation not only will educate you on the signs and symptoms of sepsis, but aims to engage and connect on a personal level for those with kidney disease. Sepsis is an extreme response to an infection. It is life threatening and, without the right treatment, can cause organ failure, amputation, and death. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis every year – that’s one person every 20 seconds. Thousands of lives can be saved each year by simply raising awareness of its symptoms. Early recognition and treatment are key.


Learning outcomes:

At the end of the session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe what is sepsis
  • Recognize the early warning signs of sepsis
  • Discuss the relationship of sepsis and kidney disease
  • Identify ways you can prevent sepsis
  • Explain what to do if you think you or a loved one has sepsis 

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Sharon has been a critical care nurse since 1986 in the Tacoma Washington area, and a critical care nurse educator for the past 10 years.  She is a part-time lecture for University of Washington Tacoma School of Nursing and a clinical instructor for Green River Community College. Sharon is all too familiar with sepsis in both her personal and professional life. Her husband, Mark, developed sepsis in 2003 and experienced post-sepsis syndrome symptoms. Her clinical focus centers on sepsis identification, early and effective resuscitation, hemodynamics, oxygenation, optimizing hemodynamic support, and post sepsis syndrome. 




Stacy is a kidney disease patient and sepsis survivor. Read more about her story here: