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Early Recognition and Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A New Paradigm (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties including adult and pediatric primary care, emergency medicine, hospitalists, and intensive care specialists.

Original Release Date: September 2, 2014
Review Date:
Expiration Date: September 2, 2017

Description: Severe sepsis is a time-critical emergency. As with stroke, trauma and heart attack, the identification and response to severe sepsis should be urgent and protocol-based. Sepsis is on the increase; mortality rates are high; yet many hospitals lack a coordinated or systematic response to sepsis. Dr. David Larson, an emergency physician, explains the evolution of the evidence and the latest guidelines for sepsis. He illustrates how mortality has been reduced where multidisciplinary hospital teams have implemented the use of screening tools, standardized order sets, and early goal-directed therapy across multiple settings: ED, ICU and medical floors. This presentation will assist the physician in early detection of sepsis, and it will assist clinicians and facilities in building these life-saving teams and protocols.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1)   Explain why sepsis warrants an organized and urgent response like those of Stroke 
      Centers, Trauma Centers, and Chest Pain Centers.
2)   Describe and access recommended screening tools for early recognition and treatment of 
      severe sepsis/septic shock.
3)   Describe and access guidelines for early goal-directed therapy of severe sepsis and septic 
4)   Organize a multidisciplinary body in your institution to adopt and implement a protocol for 
      early diagnosis and goal directed treatment for severe sepsis and septic shock.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 5 out of 6 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, Early Recognition and Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A New Paradigm has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure Statement: The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker: David M. Larson, MD, FACEP - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2014

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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