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Goals and Objectives

  • Trainee will demonstrate competence in the initial evaluation and basic management of patients with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock


Trainee will be able to:

  • Describe criteria for the following:

    • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS)

    • Sepsis

    • Severe Sepsis*

    • Septic Shock

  • For patients presenting with sepsis, resident will be able to:

    • List and describe rationale for initial laboratory and radiology testing including screening for:

      • Infectious source

      • Metabolic derangement (including lactate)

      • End-organ damage

    • List and describe indications for early interventions, including:

      • Antibiotics (including type)

      • IV fluids (including quantity)

      • Source control

    • List and describe indications for advanced interventions, including:

      • Vasopressors

      • Inotropes

      • Steroids

      • Blood transfusion


* Excluded from Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis


Additional Resources

Review Articles


Landmark Sepsis Publications

Early Warning Scores

Septic Shock​

Adjunctive Treatments

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