International Consensus Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock

International Consensus Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock

March 19, 2024

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  • Written By:
    Christopher Horvat, MD, MHA
    Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Written By:
    Halden Scott, MD, MSCS
    Associate Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Written By:
    Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Pennsylvania
  • This event is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credit.


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    In support of improving patient care, Children’s Hospital Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

    For Physicians: Children's Hospital Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    For Nurses: Children's Hospital Association designates this activity for 1.00 ANCC contact hours.


    Instructions for Completion

    Criteria for successful completion of this educational activity includes confirmation of session(s) attendance and completion of program evaluation. A link to the online Verification of Attendance and Evaluation Form will be emailed to participants at the conclusion of the program. To receive a certificate of completion, individuals must be registered prior to the activity and complete the online form by April 2, 2024. Certificates will be emailed to participants.

About This Event

Developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Pediatric Sepsis Definition Taskforce, the International Consensus Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock are a new way to define sepsis in children once it has occurred.

These criteria have implications for epidemiology, quality improvement, and research. Join us for a presentation and discussion with members of the taskforce, who also served as leads for the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) Collaborative.

Learning objectives

  1. Explain the Phoenix criteria for pediatric sepsis and septic shock and identify opportunities to incorporate these criteria into pediatric sepsis work.
  2. Evaluate the differences between the Phoenix criteria and sepsis screening.
  3. Discuss the implications of Phoenix criteria for existing pediatric sepsis literature and current care recommendations provided by IPSO and other organizations.

Related materials

Schlapbach LJ, Watson RS, Sorce LR, et al. International Consensus Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock. JAMA. Published online January 21, 2024. doi:10.1001/jama.2024.0179

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