Sepsis: Updates and Implications of the Coronavirus

Learnings from and for the pandemic

1 CPD Points, 1 CEUs, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Dr. Thomas Ahrens, RN, PhD help_outline
Nurse, researcher, and educator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, USA
Lecture Summary

In this programme, recent improvements in the understanding and treatment of sepsis will be presented, including how SARS-COV2 induces sepsis. A review of past therapies and the recent introduction of newer treatments for sepsis will be discussed. Updates from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign will be presented, as will recent studies that address the management of sepsis. Controversies in the treatment and identification of sepsis will be reviewed, as well as case studies using novel treatments in the care of the patient with sepsis. The emphasis on early identification and how to implement protocols in hospitals, from the ED and floor to the ICU will be highlighted. The program emphasises innovative learning strategies in an attempt to help the learner retain more information as well as make the program a more enjoyable event.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Identify the reasons sepsis is one of the most important public health issues
  • Understand the role of inflammation, endothelial cell dysfunction and altered haemodynamics in severe sepsis
  • Understand SARS-COV2 and its role in sepsis
  • Discuss how the use of lactate, peripheral capillary refill or measures of stroke volume can affect outcomes
  • Discuss the key components of sepsis treatment
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.