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Sepsis: Recognizing and Managing

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Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the prevalence of and risk factors for sepsis
  • Distinguish between the competing Sepsis guidelines
  • Identify when to pursue aggressive treatment and when to monitor
  • Differentiate between sepsis, severe sepsis, septic shock, and SIRS
  • Employ appropriate diagnostic tools and laboratory tests in the presence of suspected sepsis
  • Understand the importance of timing when caring for sepsis patients
  • Initiate appropriate volume resuscitation, vasopressors, and other treatment for sepsis patients
  • Participate in safety culture and process improvements to improve sepsis outcomes

Course Description

This course explores the recognition and management of sepsis, including early recognition, aggressive treatment, and intensive patient monitoring, as well as presents the tensions between the varying guidelines of CMS’s SEP-1, Sepsis-3, and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of Dan Davis, Paul Marik, Simon Finfer, and Scott de la Cru

Did You Know...

  • More than 1.2 million Americans are afflicted with sepsis every year
  • Sepsis kills more than 200,000 Americans annually
  • The number of hospital stays for sepsis more than doubled between 1993 and 2009
  • Sepsis is the most expensive cause of hospitalizationSepsis causes over 50% of hospital deaths
  • Every hour of missing the diagnosis increases mortality by 8%

Course at a Glance

target audience icon Target Audience:

Physicians

time to complete icon Time to Complete:

30 Minutes

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Assorted Partners

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