Understanding Sepsis: Updates for the Bedside Nurse

Understanding Sepsis: Updates for the Bedside Nurse

Identification: MSNN1803
Issue: May/June 2018
Volume: Volume 27 - Number 3
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 06/30/2020
  • 1.30 - CH


The occurrence of sepsis in the human body is as old as man. The ancient Greeks described sepsis as the decomposition of organic material in the body. Patients were treated with supportive care; however, many people died painful deaths. An understanding of the pathophysiology of this complex phenomenon remained elusive. Then, in 1991, the first conference of medical scientists convened to better define the characteristics of this deadly disease. Though there is no gold standard definition of sepsis, continuing advances in basic science will contribute to the evolving knowledge of sepsis.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity the learner will have increased knowledge of sepsis, monitoring of the septic patient, and the tools that can be used to assess for sepsis on the medical-surgical unit.

Learning Engagement Activity:
Respond to the following self-assessment questions:

  • Does your organization have a protocol in place to monitor the patient at risk for sepsis on the medical-surgical unit?
  • Can you list the SOFA criteria outlined in this learning activity?

Contact hours available until 6/30/2020.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:
This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and AMSN.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Rosemarie Marmion, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, AMSN Education Director.


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Expired On: Jun 30, 2020

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Maria Gonzalez
7/3/18 6:36 pm

I did like this article. it was short and with important information.

Joette Parker
7/31/18 11:28 am

Great information!

Rebecca Jacobs
8/4/18 10:25 am

very valuable information, will add to my practice immediately.

Angela Otulakowski
10/3/18 10:27 am

Identifying sepsis early and using the SOFA acronym will help the outcome of my patients

Sabrina Sumner
11/11/18 12:54 pm

Excellent article - sepsis care has certainly come a long way!

Kandi Hudson
7/8/19 7:26 pm

I found this article especially interesting. I have a student that graduated to be the sepsis coordinator at Hopkins. We have talked a lot about this condition and how more education is needed to help obtain better outcomes. This was a good article in that it is clearly written with good overview criteria to identify and to anticipate treatment for the bedside nurse on a medical surgical unit. Very useful information on many levels - practice and education.

Paula Sakin
7/9/19 11:48 am

This newsletter contains a typo error on page 5 . The systolic BP should be less ()or equal to as written in the letter. The signs are wrong. Other than that great article for MedSurg nurses. Thank you

Lisa Campbell
7/23/19 12:54 am

Our Organization has been working diligently to identify and treat sepsis early. Great information.

Deanna Beveridge
8/2/19 1:28 pm

The qSOFA criteria incorrectly stated a SBP greater than or equal to 100mmHg instead of less than or equal to 100mmHg

Maura King
8/7/19 9:43 am

@Olaitan and Deanna - you are correct! The originally published article had a typo. Error-Correction published in MedSurg Matters.

Sandra LaPointe
10/10/19 11:49 am

Concise information on A-H on what to expect to occur for treatment within the first hour of sepsis is important. A ms rn may have a pt flag for sepsis and anticipating on what could occur next for treatment is important (even though the pt will most often transfer to a more acute unit).

Monica Frazier
3/24/20 4:37 pm

Leaving outpt setting and this was a nice refresher (with some very important tools) for me when coming back to bedside nursing. Thank you.

Sherrie Thorne
2/18/21 7:46 pm

A very valuable article, my hospital uses the SOFA acronym which has great outcomes for our patients.