Is this Sepsis? Recognizing and Managing Pediatric Sepsis

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Learning Objectives

  • Symptoms and patient age
  • Symptoms and patient size
  • Indications of septic shock

Course Description

In this course, you will learn about recognizing and treating sepsis. It is often repeated that pediatric patients are not small adults, and the management of sepsis must take into account the patient’s age, size, immune capacity, and infection-related syndromes that are specific to children. It is especially important to understand that children may experience shock differently from adults. For example, their capacity to sustain extreme tachycardia may mask deterioration until rapid decompensation leads to imminent and potentially irreversible cardiovascular collapse.

As with adults, the key to good outcomes is early recognition and prompt,evidence-based treatment. Amplifire offers three versions of this course:

  • Emergency Department
  • In-Patient
  • Hybrid containing both Emergency and Inpatient

Did you know…

  • Sepsis is the leading cause of death in children worldwide
  • In a recent study, mortality associated with pediatric severe sepsis was 3.9–23%
  • Many pediatric sepsis survivors develop chronic sepsis-related conditions

Course at a Glance

Target Audience:  Clinicians

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes

Contributor: Children’s Hospital Colorado


Children’s Hospital Colorado

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of

  • Dr. Halden Scott, MD
  • Dr. Justin Lockwood, MD
  • Dr. Sarah Schmidt, MD

Dr. Halden Scott an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her research focus is improving the quality of care for pediatric emergency conditions, particularly sepsis, through the synthesis of scientific evidence and testing the implementation of evidence-based practice in emergency settings. Her research has resulted in >20 peer-reviewed publications, supported by multiple research and clinical effectiveness grants. Since 2012, when she started the Sepsis Treatment and Recognition Program in the Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers of Children’s Hospital Colorado, the program has treated >4,000 children with sepsis, with outcomes exceeding national standards. She has been an invited member of multiple national and international pediatric sepsis committees, steering large multicenter research and quality improvement projects, and developing guidelines for pediatric resuscitation and sepsis.

Dr. Justin Lockwood is a pediatric hospital medicine fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to this role, he received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the care of the deteriorating patient and transitions between generalpediatrics and ICU wards.

Dr. Sarah Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Schmidt has advanced training in clinical informatics and serves as the Director of Informatics for the section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is involved in several grant-funded local and national quality improvement initiatives to improve and standardize emergency department management of febrile infants, intubation, and discharge.