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Sepsis Awareness Video Garners First Place Win at Johns Hopkins Medicine Safety Summit - 06/11/2014

Sepsis Awareness Video Garners First Place Win at Johns Hopkins Medicine Safety Summit

Release Date: June 11, 2014

(Bethesda, Md) When Dr. Andrew Markowski came up with the idea to launch a new sepsis protocol for Suburban Hospital’s Emergency Department, little did anyone know it would end up featured in a rap video.

Alicia Folk, RN, took Dr. Markowski’s plan and developed a campaign to spread the word to Suburban's patients, the community and EMS personnel (first responders who need to spot sepsis early whenever possible). Bright green t-shirts featuring a nasty little sepsis germ were designed and Alicia wrote a catchy rap song explaining how to identify and treat sepsis.

Not only has Alicia been able to use the sepsis campaign for her own clinical ladder project, but along with some willing ED co-workers, she made the rap into a video. The video won first prize at the 5th Annual Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit on June 6 in Baltimore, Md.

"Sepsis is a life threatening illness, and we're thrilled to have this wonderful tool that teaches our staff, EMS personnel and our patients about its signs and symptoms. Kudos to Alicia and our ED staff for being honored by our colleagues at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality," said Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Jacobs, RN, MSRN, CCRN, CENP.

Watch the sepsis video on Suburban Hospital's YouTube Channel:

About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and Northwest DC for more than 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with major health care organizations like the neighboring National Institutes of Health. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit 

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Debra Scheinberg