COTC Nursing Students Complete Sepsis Simulation

Septem​​b​er is Sepsis Awareness Month

NEWARK,​ Ohio, September18, 2017 – Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the United States – that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, according to the Sepsis Alliance. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations and death. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) nursing​ students completed a human patient simulation of sepsis cases to prepare them and spread awareness.

“Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the United States. That’s a compelling reason to educate our nursing students about this deadly complication,” said Sandra Walker, dean for health sciences and nursing programs.Sepsis 3.JPGSepsis 2.JPG

Symptoms of sepsis include:
S – Shivering, fever or very cold
E – Extreme pain or general discomfort (“worst ever”)
P – Pale or discolored skin
S – Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
I – “I feel like I might die”
S – Shortness of breath

The risk of sepsis can be reduced by preventing infections, practicing good hygiene and staying current with vaccinations.

Sepsis Awareness Month is an effort made by the Sepsis Alliance. Sepsis Alliance is the largest sepsis advocacy organization in the United States working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a dedicated team who share a strong commitment to battling sepsis.

COTC offers nursing opportunities in: Associate Degree Nursing (RN) - COTC graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology with this traditional five-semester plan of study; LPN to RN Transition - COTC offers a four semester transition option for Licensed Practical Nurses; and Practical Nursing (LPN) and State Test Nursing Aide (STNA) Certificate programs.

The Nursing Program at Central Ohio Technical College is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million registered nurses will be needed by 2020 and the average national nursing salary is $67,720.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.