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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joanne Minnick


Due to increasing incidence and noncompliance with sepsis at a local hospital, an educational deficit was identified on the sepsis bundle in the medical intensive care unit. The purpose of this project was to develop and validate a sepsis bundle education program for all frontline staff in the MICU at a local University Hospital. The goal was for the educational tool to be validated by a multidisciplinary team to increase awareness, education, and ultimately, compliance with the severe sepsis and septic shock guidelines. The diffusion of innovation theory was utilized to support the process of change by encouraging the use of screening tools and best practice guidelines. The research question asked whether the education program meets critical care expert panel standards to educate frontline MICU staff on the sepsis bundle. The research design included a 5-member panel of experts in critical care, utilizing the Likert scale to review the proposed educational project on the sepsis bundle. Results are averaged from each reviewer. Results from the review included a unanimous '5' rating on every issue identified, equating to strongly agree on the Likert scale. This rating supported the validity of the educational project, the use of evidence-based practice and that the educational material was clear and easy to follow. Utilizing this validated tool will guide the education of sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock and promote social change by increasing education, awareness, recognition and early deployment of the sepsis bundle to improve patient outcomes.

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