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Nursing Interventions for Sepsis: Fluid Management

Contact Hours Awarded: 2.5

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Course Overview

Nursing Interventions for Sepsis: Fluid Management
Morgan Curry

Author: Morgan Curry

In patients with septic shock, fluid resuscitation is a critical intervention that restores tissue perfusion. However, there is a great deal of variation in the type of fluid, rate of administration, and the total volume of fluid administered that goes into fluid resuscitation protocol in managing a patient with Sepsis. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. How Sepsis Affects the Different Organ Systems  
  3. The Great Debate: Crystalloid vs. Colloid  
  4. How Much Fluid do Septic Patients Need? 
  5. Phases of Fluid Resuscitation 
  6. Macrocirculation Ends Points of Sepsis Resuscitation  
  7. Estimating Fluid Responsiveness with SVV and Bedside Echocardiography 
  8. Fluid Challenge Without the Fluid  
  9. Putting it Together – Performing Nursing Interventions in Sepsis
  10. Summary  
  11. 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.

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.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Understand the physiologic importance of fluid resuscitation in sepsis.
  2. Describe the difference and pros/cons of crystalloid vs colloid fluid resuscitation.
  3. 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/LVN)

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

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

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.

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Course Created on: April 26, 2021

Course Renewed on: March 1, 2022

Course Expires on: March 1, 2025

Course Offering: #12