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Digital Seminar

Sepsis and Septic Shock

Christa A. Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
2 Hours 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 07, 2022
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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and continues to have a high morbidity and mortality. Developing an understanding of early sepsis recognition, applying the appropriate treatment in a timely manner can help save lives. Nurses are essential in early recognition and early treatment.  The most current 2021 Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Guidelines are useful in providing recommendations and rationale for treatment. Also new to the 2021 guidelines is a section on long-term outcomes and goals of care. As more and more individuals survive sepsis, resources to aid in their recovery are needed to improve long-term outcomes. This talk is relevant for individuals who care for patients with sepsis and septic shock and is a core measure for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid.  Nurses can make a difference in the lives of patients with sepsis and in the process improve compliance with the performance measure as well.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 10/05/2025.

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

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Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 10/07/2022. It was last reviewed on 10/28/2022 and is valid until 10/27/2025.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

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AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 10/07/2022. It was last reviewed on 10/28/2022 and is valid until 10/27/2025


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Christa A. Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC's Profile

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Christa A. Schorr, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is a clinical nurse scientist at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Schorr has more than 25 years of clinical, quality improvement, and research experience in critical care. She has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, invited book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Schorr was the group-head for the 2021 surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines Long-Term Outcomes and Goals of Care Section. In 2021, she was the recipient of the prestigious Asmund S. Laerdal Memorial Award in conjunction with the 50th Annual Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress – Recognition for research and publications.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Christa Schorr has an employment relationship with Cooper University Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Christa Schorr is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is an editor and manuscript reviewer for several publications, please contact PESI, Inc for a complete list.

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  1. Describe the signs and symptoms of septic shock. 
  2. Discuss the appropriate treatment for sepsis and septic shock including the 3-hour and 6-hour sepsis bundle elements. 
  3. Integrate the 2021 SSC Guidelines to current patients with sepsis or septic shock. 
  4. Evaluate sepsis survivors for resources needs during recovery across the continuum of care. 


Sepsis Background Physiology 

  • Why Sepsis, Why Now?  
  • Sepsis Facts 
  • Stakeholders  

Sepsis Definitions 

  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) 
  • Sepsis 
  • Severe Sepsis 
  • Septic Shock  

Assessment Criteria 

  • Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment Score (Sofa)  
  • Most recent SSC guidelines -Sepsis Bundle Project (SEP) 
  • National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures 
  • SEP-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock 

Implications for nursing practice 

  • Mortality based on organ failures 
  • Sepsis Bundles 
  • Early Patient Identification  
  • Screening Tools 
  • Early Treatment in ICU 

Long-term outcomes for survivors of sepsis 

  • Educate and Empower Patients & Family 
  • Goals of Care  
  • SCC Recommendations 
  • Shared Decision- Making Sepsis Survivors 
  • Return to Normal 
    • Psychological Support 
    • Physical Support 
    • Family Support  
    • Cognitive Impairment  
    • Self-Perception

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians Assistants


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