Pediatric Sepsis: CDI Tips for Differentiating Definitions and Clarifying Documentation

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Pediatric Sepsis: CDI Tips for Differentiating Definitions and Clarifying Documentation

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Pediatric Sepsis: CDI Tips for Differentiating Definitions and Clarifying Documentation

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Presented on:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Presented by:
J. Douglas Campbell, MD, FAAP, MHA
Valerie Bica, BSN, RN, CPN 

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Sepsis, whether in the adult or pediatric setting, has become a fog-filled swamp for CDI specialists and physicians alike. Pediatric patients often present totally differently than their adult counterparts with the same diagnosis—from pathophysiology to treatment. In addition, ICD-10-CM codes often inadequately represent pediatric sepsis diagnoses. This complexity means CDI professionals struggle to identify pertinent clinical indicators within the medical record in order to draft effective queries.

In this 90-minute program, our expert speakers—J. Douglas Campbell, MD, FAAP, MHA, and Valerie Bica, BSN, RN, CPN —will review the documentation trouble spots for pediatric sepsis and offer tips for educating and querying physicians. They will also share real-life examples for dealing with documentation conundrums.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify differences between SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock in the pediatric population
  • Explain differences in sepsis diagnoses between pediatric and adult populations
  • Provide education to physicians regarding pediatric sepsis documentation
  • Create queries related to sepsis clarifications within the pediatric population

Who Should Listen?

  • CDI specialists
  • CDI managers/directors
  • HIM managers/directors
  • Inpatient coders
  • Physician advisors
  • Hospital quality staff


  • Clinical definitions of sepsis
    • SIRS criteria in pediatric patients
    • Sepsis versus severe sepsis versus septic shock in the pediatric population
    • Sepsis 1, 2, and 3 criteria: Why they aren’t used in the pediatric context
    • Detection and treatment methodologies for pediatric and adult populations
    • Documentation tips for physicians and CDI awareness
  • Coding nomenclature 
    • Reimbursement implications
    • Quality metrics assessments
  • Case studies
    • Documentation stumbling blocks
    • Impact of missing the diagnoses (not financial impact)
    • What to look for in the record when querying for sepsis/septic shock
    • Physician education tips
  • Live Q&A


  • Sample queries


Continuing Education

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS/CCDS)
(Live + On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webinar expires on: 11/08/2018) 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
(Nursing contact hours valid for live webcast participant only) - HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This educational activity for 1.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.  
(Ability to claim nursing contact hours for this webinar expires on: 11/08/2018)

Meet the Speakers


Doug CampbellJ. Douglas Campbell, MD, FAAP, MHA, is the CDI physician advisor at Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, a position he’s held since 2013. Campbell has experience in utilization management, critical care, emergency medicine, and pediatric surgery. He is an active member of ACDIS and has helped run pediatric-related lunch-and-learn events during its annual conferences. Campbell is also a member of the AMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an associate faculty member in the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida, and an adjunct faculty member at Nova University.



Valerie BicaValerie Bica, BSN, RN, CPN, islead CDI specialist for clinical documentation integrity atNemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She has 40 years of pediatric/NICU nursing experience, including case management, care management, managed Medicaid, acute care pediatrics, pediatric and neonatal ICU, and high-tech pediatric homecare. Bica helped establish the clinical documentation integrity program for the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, a 200-bed freestanding pediatric facility. She is a co-leader of APDIS, the Association of Pediatric Documentation Improvement Specialists, an ACDIS networking group, and served on the 2015–2016 ACDIS Pediatric Respiratory Failure Work Group. Bica also served on the 2017 ACDIS Conference Committee.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 

To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

 Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $259 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $259 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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