No Time To Waste: Early Sepsis Detection using Monocyte Distribution Width (MDW)

Sepsis Alliance Webinar

Nursing Perspective on Novel Sepsis Biomarker

Sepsis is a prevalent, deadly, yet often elusive condition in emergency departments worldwide. Diagnosing sepsis in patients presenting with mild and non-specific initial symptoms challenges both clinical gestalt and institutional protocols, as use of biomarkers for early sepsis detection has been controversial and their utilization varies widely across countries and institutions.

In this on-demand webinar hosted by Sepsis Alliance, Angela D. Craig, APN, M.S., CCNS from Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Dustin Pierce, RN, BSN, CPHQ from University of Kansas Hospital will:

  • Introduce and discuss a novel hematologic parameter, MDW, recently cleared in the U.S. for sepsis detection in the emergency department
  • Review current clinical evidence for MDW based on results of two large multicenter studies
  • Discuss the practical implications of these results to the U.S. standards of sepsis care


Angela Craig, APN, M.S., CCNS
ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Angela has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 25 years. The last 13 years, she has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cookeville, Tennessee. Angela chairs her hospital’s sepsis team and had the joy of leading the hospital to be the first in the state of Tennessee to become Sepsis Disease Specific Certified through the Joint Commission. She has also implemented a nurse driven protocol for hemodynamic monitoring at CRMC. Angela has presented at multiple hospitals and conferences on sepsis and/or hemodynamics.

Dustin Pierce, R.N., BSN, CPHQ
Quality Outcomes Coordinator at The University of Kansas Hospital

Dustin has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Emporia State University (2004), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2007) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He returned home to Kansas to begin his nursing career at the University of Kansas Hospital as a staff nurse on nights and weekends in 2008. In 2012, he transitioned to the Quality and Safety department to work on various initiatives regarding quality improvement in and around sepsis. Since 2012 he has given many presentations on sepsis at both KU and many hospitals, nursing homes, EMS providers, and home health providers across the state. He has been part of several improvement initiatives regarding sepsis prevention, detection, and treatment since 2012. In 2016 Dustin began working to improve the mortality review process as well as work on patient safety improvement initiatives throughout the hospital.