Creating a Sepsis Management Plan

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


Sepsis wreaks havoc on the lives of patients, families, and healthcare systems. It remains perplexing in its complexity, thereby soaring above other disease processes’ morbidity and mortality rates. Such complexity has created barriers towards favorable outcomes. Much like healthcare risk management, sepsis is everyone’s responsibility within a healthcare organization. Whether in a hospital, dialysis facility, ambulatory surgical center, or nursing home, an interdisciplinary approach is warranted to improve outcomes. Similarly to the first step in the risk management process, there is an imperative for identification of the problem. Efforts are underway to provide the knowledge basis for early detection of sepsis across disciplines which, coupled with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, appears to be the single most important factor in reducing morbidity and mortality from sepsis. Secondly, clinical analysis calls for early diagnosis, as treatment is time sensitive. Clinical signs can be subtle, and atypical presentations are common, especially in older adults. Finally, implementation of a sepsis management plan counts on treatment goals that are developed in accordance with evidence-based guidelines. There is still much debate on the course of treatment, and research is still in progress to discover strategies appropriate to each individual situation. With a solid sepsis management plan, healthcare staff can be more proactively involved in your organization’s sepsis initiatives.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of sepsis management
  2. Identify the steps in the sepsis management process
  3. Develop a sepsis management plan


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Clinical/Patient Safety




Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published:  May 2017
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ASHRM & ANCC 1 hour January 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019