Sepsis: Silent Threat Brought to Light

September 1, 2020

This webinar is presented by Dr. Martha Lyon.

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About this webinar

With the rapid global spread of the confirmed cases of novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 has impacted the healthcare system across the continuum of care. It becomes vital to identify signs of sepsis early, and initiate prompt treatment when diagnosed. Timely intervention may save lives and organ function.

Sepsis is a global health crisis
Sepsis still affects between 47 and 50 million people around the world every year. At least 11 million die – one death every 2.8 seconds[1]. Each year in America, at least 1.7 million develop sepsis, nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis and 1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital have sepsis [2]. Sepsis has known to be one of the most expensive health-care problems in America, with a cost of more than $20 billion more than a decade ago [3]. In Canada, sepsis was the 12th leading cause of death in 2011 (with about one in 18 deaths that involved sepsis that year) [4]. This translates to an approximate of $325 million spent annually in Canada to treat patients [5]. 

Rapid diagnosis of sepsis is paramount to reduce mortality
This webinar will provide updates on prevalence on both neonatal and adults population, but also outline the most recent international, US and Canadian guidelines for sepsis diagnosis and management. With a focus on the importance of the role of clinical laboratory testing including lactate, PCT, CRP, it will discuss their effectiveness and with other biomarkers in both diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis including the preanalytical and analytical requirements for accurate testing. The webinar will also include a brief discussion of the novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment of sepsis during COVID-19.

About the speaker

Dr. Martha Lyon is a Clinical Biochemist who has specialized in Point of Care and Pediatrics since 2000. From 2000 to 2012, Dr. Lyon was the Section Head for Point of Care Testing and Pediatrics with Calgary Laboratory Services at Alberta Children’s Hospital. In 2012, Dr. Lyon moved to Saskatchewan where she accepted a Clinical position in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Saskatoon Health Region. Dr. Lyon became a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in 1996 and a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry in 2000.

Who should attend?

  • Laboratorians
  • Clinical chemists
  • Pathologists
  • Lab managers and directors
  • Point of care coordinators
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Nurses
  • NICU clinicians
  • ICU clinicians
  • ED clinicians

Continuing education

  • One P.A.C.E.® credit-hour will be provided for this session. Radiometer is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
  • This session is approved for 1 Florida Laboratory CE credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel approved number: 50-12563
  • Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists

This webinar will:

  • Review the prevalence and impact on neonatal and adults patient healthcare
  • Outline the most recent international, US and Canadian definitions and guidelines for treatment and management of sepsis
  • Examine the importance of accurate clinical laboratory testing in the diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis treatment
  • Discuss antibiotic stewardship in sepsis
  • Review novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment of sepsis during COVID-19

1. Global Sepsis Alliance (n.d.). WHAT IS SEPSIS? - DEFINITION OF SEPSIS. Retrieved August 5, 2020, from
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020, February 14). Data & Reports. Retrieved August 5, 2020 from
3. Kumar G, Kumar N, Taneja A, Kaleekal T, Tarima S, McGinley, et al. Nationwide trends of severe sepsis in the 21st century (2000–2007) Chest. 2011;140:1223–31.
4. Government of Canada (2016, November 23). Health at a GlanceDeaths involving sepsis in Canada Health at a GlanceDeaths involving sepsis in Canada. Retrieved August 05, 2020, from
5. Canadian Sepsis Foundation (n.d.). Understanding Sepsis. Retrieved August 05, 2020, from

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