About this Course
80% of sepsis cases originate outside the hospital, so early recognition in community settings is vital.
Sepsis can present with vague, non-specific symptoms initially, followed by rapid decompensation. These features make sepsis difficult to recognise and manage in primary care.
Learning objectives for this short course are to:
- Recognise sepsis as a common medical emergency, including subtle community presentations.
- Understand risk stratification and how it guides management and use of critical language.
- Understand how to talk to patients, whānau and caregivers about sepsis.
- Appreciate haemodynamics in children (vital signs and examination), and how they relate to sepsis progression.
- Understand inequities in sepsis prevalence, including which children are particularly at risk of sepsis.
- Identify common post-sepsis symptoms (sometimes referred to as the post-sepsis syndrome).
- Assumed knowledge: history taking and physical exam regarding finding the source of infection.
Content created by Dr Sylvia Giles with expert review by Paul Huggan, Acute Medicine and Infectious Disease Physician.