In this podcast, James Edwards talks to Dr Carolyn Hullick and Professor Simon Finfer about the new, national Sepsis Clinical Care Standard, recently introduced to ensure that a patient presenting with signs and symptoms of sepsis receives optimal care, from symptom onset through to discharge from hospital and survivorship care.
Interviewer: James Edwards
Interviewees: Carolyn Hullick and Simon Finfer
Summary Writer: Michelle Wu
Editor: Nicola Bunt
Dr Carolyn Hullick is a Clinical Director at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Emergency Physician at Hunter New England Health NSW.
At the Commission, Carolyn has guided the National Sepsis Program and chaired the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard Topic Working Group. Other projects focus on aged care, transitions of care, appropriate use of antipsychotics, and comprehensive care. As an Emergency physician Carolyn has a special interest in geriatric medicine, and as a Harkness Fellow, spent 12 months at Weill Cornell Medical School in New York, investigating care for older people in emergency departments.
Professor Simon Finfer AO is a Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care Division at The George Institute for Global Health, Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales and Chair of Critical Care, School of Public Health, Imperial College London.
Simon was a founding member and is a past-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group, past chair of the International Sepsis Forum, and current Vice President of the Global Sepsis Alliance. He is Director of the Australian Sepsis Network and Asia Pacific Sepsis Alliance. Simon was appointed an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia in 2020 for “distinguished service to intensive care medicine, to medical research and education, and to global health institutes”.
With Dr Carolyn Hullick, Clinical Director at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Emergency Physician at Hunter New England Health
And Professor Simon Finfer, Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care Division at The George Institute for Global Health, Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales and Chair of Critical Care at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London
James Edwards chats to Dr Carolyn Hullick and Professor Simon Finfer about the new Sepsis Clinical Care Standard. This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care following the release of Australia’s first national standard of care for sepsis.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. The Sepsis Clinical Care Standard will help to ensure sepsis is recognised early and patients receive coordinated, best practice care so that the risk of death or ongoing morbidity is reduced. This includes timely recognition of sepsis, early and appropriate antimicrobial therapy and continuity of care from the acute setting through to discharge and survivorship.
Key podcast discussion points are summarised below.
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