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