Course Details: Management of Sepsis

Management of Sepsis

Management of Sepsis

Course availability

6 months

Course Information

In your professional practice you will be dealing with cases of Sepsis and Septic Shock. This course is designed around a case scenario to help you think about how you deal with patients who might have symptoms of Sepsis. What do you already know? How do you identify symptoms and treat patients who might show early signs of sepsis or already be in Septic shock?

The Septic Shock Scenario at the end of the course is the only compulsory assessment for this course. As you work your way through the scenario, you will need to reflect on your own professional practice and how you might act in a similar scenario. You will be prompted to save your answers which can be returned to at any time, and once completed, are displayed in a transcript that can be printed or copied into your own PD assessment portfolios as evidence of participation and learning.

Learning Outcomes

After working your way through the scenario and the course resources, you should:
  • Understand the basic physiology of immunity
  • Be able to discuss the consensus definitions of SIRS, Sepsis, and MODS, and have a working understanding of the complex pathophysiology of all the components of Sepsis
  • Understand the pathophysiology of Septic shock and the multi system implications
  • Be able to discuss the clinical significance of the above pathophysiology
  • Be able to identify/discuss management of the above pathophysiology

Course Overview

The course includes the following five sections:
  1. Immunology
  2. Sepsis
  3. Septic Shock
  4. Management of Sepsis
  5. Clinical Scenario

Course Features

A range of resources are provided below to support the case study, covering three topics: Immunology; Sepsis; Septic Shock. You can refer to these resources at any time to build and compare your own existing knowledge. Resources include:
  • Audio/Video tutorials with PowerPoint notes, which can also be downloaded as a podcast (.mp3)
  • Links to additional readings
  • Discussion forums where students can discuss topics voluntarily - there is no requirement to join the forums

Estimated Duration

5 hours depending on previous experience over 6 month duration. You gain 5 CPD Hours (Continuing Professional Development) upon successful completion of the course.

Target Audience

This online interactive course is specifically designed for nurses and health professionals who work in medical/surgical areas.


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