Nursing: Nursing Management of Sepsis

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About the Course

Sepsis is a life-threatening, dysregulated immune response to infection that results in organ dysfunction and is the leading cause of death from infection if not recognized early and treated quickly. Any patient may develop sepsis; it is an overwhelming systemic response by the body to an infectious source (Singer et al., 2016).  This course will provide nurses with an overview of the progression and treatment of sepsis, as well as an overview of screening tools available to recognize early signs and symptoms that will improve patient outcomes and reduce mortality associated with sepsis.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define sepsis and septic shock.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of sepsis.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
  • Identify the patients at risk of sepsis.
  • Become familiar with recommendations and guidelines for sepsis management.
  • Discuss the challenges associated with sepsis in the older adult.
  • Describe sepsis in pregnant women, neonates and children, IV drug users, and immunosuppressed individuals.
  • Discuss ways the nurse can help identify and prevent sepsis.
  • Describe how the nurse can help to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAI).
  • Describe post-sepsis syndrome.
  • Identify resources for additional information on sepsis.

About the Author:
Susan L. Rubin, MSN, RN

Susan L. Rubin, MSN, RN, received her BSN from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Nursing from Drexel University. She is a published author who has experience as a progressive care unit nurse with a special interest in cardiac nursing.

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