September 2019

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. It's the leading cause of death in US hospitals, yet 4 out of 10 Americans have never heard of sepsis. Since 2011, Sepsis Alliance has encouraged organizations, health care systems, and individuals to use this month to intentionally shine a spotlight on sepsis.

Since 2011, Sepsis Alliance has encouraged organizations, health care systems, and individuals to use this month to intentionally shine a spotlight on sepsis. Every year, sepsis kills more than a quarter million Americans. That’s more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS — combined.

Tragically, many of those lives could have been spared with improved public awareness, according to Sepsis Alliance.

Here’s what Americans need to understand, according to Sepsis Alliance.

  • Sepsis can affect anyone — young people, older adults, people who are generally well, and people who are sick.
  • Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. The immune system, which is supposed to fight off the infection, goes into overdrive and attacks the body.
  • Sepsis is life threatening. Without the right treatment, it can cause organ failure, amputation, and death.
  • Symptoms to watch for:
    • Shivering, fever, or very cold
    • Extreme pain, general discomfort (“worst ever”)
    • Pale or discolored skin
    • Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
    • Ifeel like I might die.”
    • Short of breath.
  • If a combination of sepsis symptoms is present, call 911 or go to a hospital and say, “I am concerned about sepsis.” Sepsis is a medical emergency and must be treated quickly. For each hour treatment is delayed, the risk of death rises almost 8%.

This Sepsis Awareness Month, we invite you to take the TIME to help save lives.

Learn how here:

CDC's Antibiotic Stewardship Training Series

This interactive web-based activity contains four sections designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety.

Section 1 is comprised of 3 modules. It includes information about antibiotic resistance and threats and a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. Additionally, section 1 discusses risks and benefits of antibiotics, with a focus on the microbiome, adverse drug events, and Clostridium difficile infections. Lastly, in section 1 clinicians will be empowered to optimize patient care by integrating antibiotic stewardship activities into outpatient care.  All of section 1 must be completed for continuing education.

Section 2 is comprised of 4 modules.  Module 4a will cover what we know about outpatient antibiotic use in the United States. Additionally, inappropriate antibiotic use will be discussed and the opportunities for improvement.  Module 4b will discuss the barriers to appropriate outpatient antibiotic prescribing to identify methods to help clinicians overcome those barriers. Module 5 will discuss the importance of antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings, the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, and evidenced based strategies to implement the Core Elements. Finally, Module 6 will provide training for clinicians about communicating with patients when antibiotics are not warranted. Each individual module has continuing education.

Section 3 is comprised of 4 modules. Module 7A will focus on antibiotic stewardship related to urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections. Module 7B will focus on the epidemiology and etiology of acute uncomplicated bronchitis, viral upper respiratory tract infections (URI) and acute bacterial sinusitis. Module 7C will focus on acute otitis media as a common infection in young children, strict adherence to diagnostic criteria for acute otitis media, and treatment option for acute otitis media, including initial observation without antibiotics and immediate antibiotic treatment based on clinical characteristics and patient and caregiver preferences. Finally, module 7D will focus on antibiotic prescribing in dentistry. General dentists prescribe more than nine percent of all antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting.  Each individual module has continuing education.

Section 4 is comprised of 2 modules. Module 8 will focus on antibiotic stewardship in emergency departments (ED) and hospitals. Strategies for ED antibiotic stewardship implementation, the critical role EDs play in improving antibiotic use in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and antibiotic stewardship interventions in the ED will be covered Module 9 will focus on antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes. The module will cover antibiotics being frequently prescribed and inappropriately used in nursing homes and the potential adverse events and harm to nursing home residents. Each individual module has continuing education.

The Antibiotic Stewardship courses have Continuing Education available. Continuing education certificates are not issued within TRAINIn order to receive continuing education (CE) please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps

To receive a CDC certificate of completion in TRAIN, you must select None (no CE/audit).  More information can be found in each module's course details.

CLICK HERE for more information


IU Health North Hospital Fall Primary Care Conference Registration Open


Participants attending the 2019 IU Health North Fall Primary Care Conference will learn about:

  • Navigating the Path of Cancer at the Joe and Shelly Schwartz Center at IUHNHSara Jo Grethlein, MD
  • Modern Breast IrradiationRichard C. Zellars, MD
  • Creating More Cures, Lung CancerGregory A. Durm, MD
  • Milestones toward the Cure, MyelomaRafat Abonour, MD
  • Updates in Colorectal Cancer—Amikar Sehdev, MD, MPH
  • HPV, Head and Neck CancerMichael G. Moore, MD


When:  Saturday, November 23, 2019
            On-site registration: 7:30 am—8:00 am
            Conference: 8:00 am—2:00 pm

Where:  IU Health North Hospital Learning Center
            11700 North Meridian Street (US 31), Carmel, IN 46032

Who:    All Physicians, Residents, Advanced Providers and Students

Fee:      $99 Physician/Advanced Practice Provider; $25 Student;
            Light Breakfast and Lunch Included in Registration


Register and pay online at:

Cerner Changes: Expansion of Profile Deficiency Auditing

Beginning September 3rd, 2019, the Health Information Management department will begin auditing an expanded list of documents for physician signature, which will include all electronic and paper documentation within the Cerner Message Center “Sign” folders. This expansion will ensure compliance with Joint Commission, Indiana State Department of Health and CMS requirements and will better align deficiency management across the state, giving providers a more unified experience at each IU Health location. 

Internal audits have show that providers are already doing an EXCELLENT job of signing patient documentation, so the impact should be minimal!

 In preparation for this expansion, providers should log into Cerner Message Center and complete all outstanding signatures in their “Sign” folders.

Don’t forget to

  • Change your default display to include any documents older than 30 days.
  • Refuse incorrectly assigned documents to “Administrator, Refusal HIM Document”.

 Please review the attached PDF “Central Region Deficiency Management FAQ” for more detailed instructions.

For further questions, concerns, or feedback regarding this transition, please contact the HIM Chart Completion team at or 317-944-3112.

The Health Information Management team

2019 Obesity Symposium: Impact of Obesity Epidemic on Hoosiers

Impact of Obesity Epidemic on Hoosiers
IU Health’s Approach to Combat Obesity in the State
Challenges Physicians Face
Obesity and Diabetes
Treatment Strategies
Advances in Endoscopic Treatments


Friday, September 6, 2019
7:55 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ruth Lilly Education Center
2055 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis 46202

$100 - Non-IU affiliate health professionals
$50 - Indiana University, IU Health, IU Health Physician (IUHP) health professionals
(Light breakfast and lunch included)

Free. Placard will be emailed 5-days prior to the conference.

 Who should attend: 
Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Care Physicians, Medical Weight Loss Physicians, Bariatric Surgeons. Pharmacists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Registered Dietitians, Exercise Specialists, Physical Therapists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses.

Reserve your spot now!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, ANCC contact hours, ACPE contact hours, and Social Work Category I CEU by Indiana University School of Medicine.

We look forward to seeing you at the Obesity Symposium on September 6!


Join the Third Annual South Central Opioid Summit

You are invited to the third annual South Central Indiana summit for the Monroe County Opioid Advisory Commission.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7:30 am – 6 pm 

WHERE:  Monroe County Convention Center (directions)

Join community leaders, specialists, professionals and the public to learn about and discuss approaches to the opioid issues in this community. Participants have a variety of breakout sessions they can attend.

The morning breakout session options are:

  • Legislative Panel: Making a Difference 
  • Small Businesses and How They Make it Work 
  • Employers are Part of the Solution
  • Innovative Solutions in the Workplace
  • Crisis Diversion Center


Afternoon breakout sessions:

  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)
  • From Community Corrections to Community Connections
  • Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Problem Solving Courts
  • Youth and Justice

Register now

CME Opportunity - Fairbanks Ethics Lecture: What is clinical ethics at IU Health?



*Reminder – September 6th is the last day to register for the 2019 Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics. Please click here for more information.


The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community. Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Continuing education credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains at no charge, regardless of their institutional affiliation. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit our website at

To view past lectures, please visit

Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health. Indiana University School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Designation Statement: Physicians—Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Disclosure Statement: Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) policy ensures that those who have influenced the content of a CE activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that IUSM may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. All educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. There are no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.
Indiana University Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-412, 6/1/2019) Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, has been approved by the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board to provide Category I Continuing Education programs for: LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, has been approved by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, the Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Board to provide Category I Continuing Education for Psychology.


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