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The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with a current review and updated, evidence-based guidance for the diagnosis and management of sepsis and septic shock. The objective is to address knowledge gaps, enhance clinical skill, and enable effective strategies of collaborative care to improve patient outcomes. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Define the various stages of sepsis, and describe the history and incidence of sepsis relative to mortality.
2. Identify risk factors associated with the development and progression of sepsis.
3. Describe the pathogenesis of SIRS, including the five phases of development, and the pathophysiology of sepsis.
4. Anticipate and assess emerging organ dysfunction associated with septic shock.
5. Recognize clinical and laboratory parameters of sepsis, and implement a strategy for antimicrobial therapy and incremental resuscitation that incorporates fluids, inotrope-vasopressors, and the selective use of corticosteroids.
6. List the diagnostic criteria of suspected SIRS in the pediatric patient.
This 4-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.