Module A: Prevalence and Economics

CE Credits: 1.25


This module describes not only the pathophysiology of this dangerous bloodstream infection, but its huge impact: sepsis costs up to $17 billion a year, and anywhere from 28 to 50 percent of patients with the infection die from it. The module also covers the degree to which sepsis is caused by hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), such as those related to catheters, pressure ulcers or surgical site infections. The module also explores the different initiatives taken by hospitals to identify, diagnose and treat sepsis in a more effective and efficient manner, which can reduce mortality rates and shorten hospital stays, thus reducing costs.

Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Discuss the prevalence and economic impact of sepsis
» Recognize the association between resource utilization and costs
» Review the types of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) associated with sepsis
» Describe innovative sepsis care management programs


Advance your professional practice: By gaining further insights into the drivers of both costs and quality, CMs are better positioned to support other members of the transdisciplinary care team in the delivery of effective sepsis care.

Improve organizational performance: Given the high costs of sepsis—both for patients and hospitals, which may not be reimbursed if the infection was caused during a hospital stay—it benefits the transdisciplinary team to understand the infection’s causes. If we can identify patients at risk for sepsis more effectively, we can either prevent the infection, or treat it before it becomes difficult and expensive to do so.