Understanding the New Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines

Webinar Description:

Sepsis impacts over 25 million children globally each year. In the U.S., sepsis takes more lives than pediatric cancers, and affects more than 75,000 children annually. In February 2020, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign released the first evidence-based guidelines for managing pediatric sepsis and septic shock.

This presentation will give an overview of how sepsis presents in children and how it differs from the adult population, as well as the methods used to derive the new pediatric guidelines. This recorded webinar will also feature the story of a pediatric sepsis survivor and their family. The consensus best practice recommendations from the new guidelines will be reviewed, including a fluid resuscitation algorithm and implementation of the guidelines in low resource areas. In addition, Dr. Kissoon will review the epidemiology of COVID-19 and children.

This webinar was originally recorded on 4/14/2020.

Target Audience

Nurses, physician assistants, physicians, emergency responders, physical therapists, patient care assistants, and other healthcare staff

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe how the presentation of pediatric sepsis and septic shock differ from the presentation in adults.
  • Summarize the methodology used to develop graded recommendations for the pediatric sepsis guidelines system.
  • Restate the two-phase process for evaluating children with suspected sepsis.
  • Identify key recommendations from the new pediatric sepsis guidelines.
  • Give an overview of recommendations on fluid resuscitation as described by the resuscitation algorithm.
  • Contextualize the new pediatric sepsis guidelines in the identification and treatment of patients with COVID-19.
  • Restate the impact of pediatric sepsis from a parent perspective.

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this Sepsis: Across the Continuum of Care webinar series by bioMérieux, Inc.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MBBS, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, MCCM, FACPE

Executive Medical Director, Children's and Women's Global Health

Co-Chair, Surviving Sepsis Campaign Children’s Guidelines Panel

Niranjan Kissoon is Professor, BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Global Child Health, Department of Pediatric and Emergency Medicine University of British Columbia. Niranjan Kissoon is Past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS); Professor, Pediatric and Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He holds the UBC BC Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Acute and Critical Care for Global Child Health is Vice President, Global Alliance for Sepsis (GSA), Co-Chair, World Sepsis Day, International Pediatric Sepsis Initiative, and the Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guideline Committee. He also currently serves on Sepsis Alliance's Advisory Board.

In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kissoon was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Career Award by the AAP for his contribution to the society and discipline; in 2015, he was awarded the SCCM Master of Critical Care Medicine Award and the BNS Walia PGIMER Golden Jubilee Oration Award in India. In 2016, Dr.  Kissoon received the UBC Canada Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence; and in 2019, Dr. Kissoon received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for outstanding contributions to the Society for the eighth time. In 2018, Dr. Kissoon received the UWI Distinguished Service Award, and is also the Recipient of the 2020 Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award, presented by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) for exemplary and pioneering achievements in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

Patti Bennie

Mother of Carson, pediatric sepsis survivor

On June 1, 2007, Patti Bennie gave birth to Carson. Two weeks later, his belly button became infected at the site of the umbilical cord. As his symptoms grew worse, Carson began to develop a low-grade fever and appear to be in pain; his worried parents took him to urgent care, who then transferred him to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. The next morning, Carson went into septic shock. Thankfully, after six days being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit, Carson recovered and now is a lively twelve year old boy with no residual problems related to his septic shock episode. From this experience, Patti is now determined to raise awareness of sepsis in children in the medical community and the public.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Downloadable slides
  • Pre-recorded webinar
  • Post-test (passing rate: 80%)
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.