Sepsis

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Updated 16 May 2024 Certificate ANCC Accredited

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection and can lead to patient mortality. This Ausmed Course enables healthcare professionals to enhance their expertise with the essential skills to effectively understand, assess and manage sepsis in line with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards and make a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Content

7 Video Units • 16 Questions
Pre-reflection
1 Question
Introduction
4m
Pretest
3 Questions
What is Sepsis?
2 Questions
4m
The Pathophysiology of Sepsis
3 Questions
5m
Recognition and Assessment
2 Questions
5m
Interventions and Management
3 Questions
10m
Post-Sepsis Syndrome
1 Question
3m
Conclusion
2m
Post-reflection
1 Question

What you'll learn:

1

Define sepsis and septic shock, including the systemic pathophysiological response.

2

Recognise the signs and symptoms of sepsis and correlate them with the various stages of severity.

3

Accurately utilise evidence-based assessment tools in order to facilitate early recognition, assess patients exhibiting signs of sepsis and respond accordingly in an efficient and safe manner.

4

Implement best-practice management guidelines in order to prevent deterioration in the patient with sepsis.

5

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the long-term effects of sepsis and best-practice management strategies for the provision of ongoing monitoring and follow-up care.

Who it's for:

Nurses, midwives, paramedics and other healthcare professionals looking to increase their understanding of sepsis.

Why it's needed:

Sepsis is a time-critical medical emergency that affects between 47 and 50 million people yearly, with at least 1 death every 2.8 seconds worldwide. In 2017, there were approximately 55,250 cases and 8,700 sepsis-related deaths in Australia, and national inpatient data shows that sepsis cases are increasing.

Educating healthcare professionals on sepsis can help improve their ability to recognise the signs and symptoms early and implement appropriate interventions promptly. This is reflective of the best practices outlined in NSQHS Standards 3 (Preventing and Controlling Infection) and 8 (Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration).

Early recognition and response can lead to a reduction in morbidity and mortality, better patient outcomes, and decrease the burden on healthcare systems. Therefore, ongoing education and training are crucial for healthcare professionals to provide high-quality care.

Purpose

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide learners with a deeper understanding of the signs, symptoms and interventions for sepsis in line with NSQHS Standards 3 (Preventing and Controlling Infection) and 8 (Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration) in order to efficiently and safely recognise and respond to the deteriorating patient, improve practice and reduce adverse or sentinel events.

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Last updated16 May 2024

Published07 Aug 2023

Due for review29 Sep 2024
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