Sepsis: Stopping an Insidious Killer

Original Author: Tom Ahrens, DNS, RN, FAAN; Updated: Michelle Fournier, RN, MN, CCRN



What you must know to understand, identify, and treat this lethal condition.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with an overview of sepsis.


1. Describe the physiologic response to sepsis.
2. Discuss the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
3. State at least three strategies for managing sepsis.


Tom Ahrens, DNS, RN, FAAN, is a Research Scientist at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and a speaker for Eli Lilly. This CE was updated in 2010 by Michelle Fournier, RN, MN, CCRN, a critical care consultant in Denver.

A peer review of the activity was carried out for freedom from bias due to conflict of interest. The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.7

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


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