• Fact Sheet
  • November 24, 2020

Sepsis PLS Course Detail

Upon course completion, participants should be able to appropriately identify and care for the pediatric patient with or at-risk for sepsis according to evidence-based practice standards. Learn more about this course below and see related courses on the Pediatric Learning Solutions Pediatric Acute Care Library page. 


  • Describe the mechanism of inflammatory response and organ dysfunction present in pediatric sepsis.
  • Discuss common causative organisms of pediatric sepsis.
  • Identify patients at risk for pediatric sepsis.
  • Outline the clinical manifestations in pediatric sepsis.
  • List laboratory and diagnostic tests frequently used in screening for or monitoring of pediatric sepsis.
  • Discuss treatment strategies for pediatric sepsis.

Key Features

  • Exploration of potential risk factors, causing pathogens, and treatment steps for septic patients. 
  • Interactive scenarios allow learners to review patient backgrounds before answering questions. 


Quick Facts

  • Course released Dec. 1, 2020.

More Details

Sepsis remains the leading cause of pediatric death worldwide, with reported mortality ranging from 4% to 50%. In the United States, over 75,000 children are hospitalized with sepsis annually, with nearly 10,000 deaths attributed to sepsis each year. Significant life-long morbidity can result for survivors of pediatric sepsis. Health care teams can directly impact sepsis-related morbidity and mortality through early identification and treatment.

NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.