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Carol Knauff

Carol Knauff holds 35 years of nursing experience in various roles- staff, management, education- with an emphasis in gastrointestinal and critical care specialties. Carol’s passion in nursing is to help nurses understand why they do what they do. Her colleagues find her presentation style unique and look forward to any educational programs that she holds. 

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Class Accreditation

All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

Sepsis

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $12.00

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Sepsis
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Sepsis is attributed to one of the highest mortality and morbidity statistics in today’s health care. Sepsis affects more than 650,000 patients each year. The reported mortality rates are very widespread, 20-70%. Although death certificate reports indicate that sepsis is responsible for 6% of all deaths, administrative claims data suggest higher rates.

As treatment modalities improve and patients survive sepsis, a growing concern is the increasing rate of readmissions for some patients. It is estimated that readmissions, directly related to the outcomes of an initial sepsis episode, is becoming greater in numbers than COPD, heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. Urinary tract infections have also been linked with readmissions. The potential reason for the phenomena may be related to the morbidity that developed from the initial insult. Long-term prognosis for patients who survive sepsis demonstrates an increased risk of death and further sepsis episodes within the first 6 months but the risk remains elevated for 2 years.

Objectives

Define sepsis.
Identify populations at higher risk for sepsis.
Describe the use of SOFA and qSOFA.
Discuss the 3 and 6 hour recommendations for sepsis treatment.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Sepsis Overview
Epidemiology
Cause & Mortality

Chapter 2: Surviving Sepsis Campaign
2016 Standards & Early Identification
Sepsis Presentation

Chapter 3: Treatment

Initial Resuscitation
Antibiotics
Source Control
Fluids
Albumin
Vasoactive Medications
Corticosteroids
Blood Products
Mechanical Ventilation
Glucose Control
Renal Replacement Therapy
Bicarbonate Therapy
Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis
Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis
Nutrition

Chapter 4: Future Implications