Critical Care Conference Session B

In the PIT of Sepsis:
Pathophysiology, Identification, and Treatment

March 28, 2014

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Burtness Auditorium, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital




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Course Description:

In this program, recent improvements in the understanding and treatment of sepsis will be presented. A review of past therapies and the recent introduction of newer treatments for sepsis will be discussed. Updates from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign will be presented, as will recent studies that address the management of sepsis. Controversies in the treatment and identification of sepsis will be reviewed, as well as case studies using novel treatments in the care of the patient with sepsis. The emphasis on early identification and how to implement protocols in hospitals, from the ED and floor to the ICU will be highlighted. The program emphasizes innovative learning strategies in an attempt to help the learner retain more information as well as make the program an enjoyable event.


Course Objectives:

  • Define sepsis and describe its epidemiology
  • Understand the role of inflammation, endothelial cell dysfunction and altered hemostasis in severe sepsis
  • Identification of the role of the nurse in the identification and assessment of the patient in severe sepsis
  • Discuss how use of lactate, ScvO2 and potentially StO2 can aid in evaluation of the severity of sepsis

Course Instructor:

Tom Ahrens, PhD, RN, FAAN


Course Coordinators:

Patti Wicklund, RN, BSN, CCRN

Christine Block RN, MSN, CCRN


Provider approved for 3.5 contact hours by the California Board of Nursing, Provider #00252.



Registration is not complete until payment is received.


CHS Employees:  Free.  Register through HealthStream.


CHS Travelers: Fee: $50.  Register through HealthStream. Forward check for $50 - payment to Education Department.


NON-CHS Employees: Fee $50.  Complete registration form .   Make check  payable to CHS Education Department and mail to Education Department, Cottage Health System, PO Box 689, Santa Barbara, CA  93102-9985