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Contact Hours Awarded: 2.5 

Fluid resusciation is a cornerstone of sepsis therapy. Everyone agrees that patients with sepsis need fluids, but the agreements end there. Crystalloid or colloid? 30ml/kg or end-point based? How do we assess the efficacy of fluid resuscitation in sepsis? In this course we will discuss all of this and more!

Course outline:

  1. The Importance of Fluid Resuscitation in Sepsis
  2. The Great Debate: Crystalloid vs. Colloid
  3. Choice of Crystalloid Fluid for Resuscitation: Is Normal Saline Really “Normal”?
  4. How much fluid do septic patients need?
  5. Macrovascular/Microvascular end points of resuscitation: (CVP, SVV, Bedside Echocardiography, Lactate Levels, Sv02 and Scv02, Capillary refill time)
  6. Fluid challenge without the fluid: Passive leg raise and end-expiration occlusion test
  7. Putting it together
  8. Summary
  9. References

Accreditation statement: Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

More course information

In this course, we will discuss fluid resuscitation strategies in septic patients with evidence of tissue hypoperfusion. It will take the average learner 150 minutes to complete.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the physiologic importance of fluid resuscitation in sepsis.
  • Describe the difference and pros/cons of crystalloid vs colloid fluid resuscitation.
  • Explain how different endpoints can be used to measure fluid resuscitation effectiveness in sepsis.

Target audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

Requirement for completion:

1.) Enrollment in the course by the learner

2.) Read and learn all course materials

3.) Complete the course evaluation

4.) Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Course offering: # 12

Accreditations and approvals:

ANCC (Provider# P0614)
California BRN (Provider# 17418)
Kentucky Board of Nursing (Provider# 7-0090)

Course expiration date: March 1, 2022

Conflict of interest statement: Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days


Chelsea McCracken, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Chelsea McCracken is an acute care nurse practitioner practicing with the solid organ transplant team at a Washington, DC hospital.She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She has extensive experience as an intensive care unit nurse and is CCRN certified. She is also a member of the American Society of Transplantation.


In this course, we will discuss fluid resuscitation strategies in septic patients with evidence of tissue hypoperfusion.