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Sepsis: An Update on Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management

Severe sepsis and septic shock remain the leading causes of mortality in non-coronary intensive care units — upwards of 30% and 60%, respectively. Early recognition and treatment of sepsis have been clearly shown to improve outcomes.

This course is designed for non-critical-care physicians, ER physicians, internists, GP-hospitalists and allied health personnel (physician assistants, ER nurses and respiratory therapists).

Non-critical-care physicians and allied health staff are likely the first to encounter early presentations of sepsis, and are thus prime candidates for training to enhance its recognition and management. These health care providers may, however, have less clinical exposure to sepsis resuscitation events. In cases where such exposure is inadequate, simulation has been used to augment practical training.

What you’ll learn

On completion of the Sepsis course, you will be able to

  • describe the pathophysiology of sepsis;
  • recognize and diagnose sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock;
  • recognize the need for the timely use of appropriate interventions;
  • summarize new guidelines and evidence on sepsis; and
  • reflect on appropriate communication and collaboration styles in dealing with patients in septic shock.


This course is an accredited self-assessment program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It was approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development on January 13, 2014 and it expires in January 2017. Remember to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 3.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Contact us
For general information, including information about fees, instructors and how to register for a course, please contact our education coordinator:

Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit (PPI)
c/o Education Coordinator
Telephone: 613-730-6275; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275

Visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes