Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 8-2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan and Dr. Butz


Sepsis, Septic Shock, Sepsis Overview, Sepsis Pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Critical Care Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Sepsis is one of the most common diagnoses in medical intensive care units (MICUs) worldwide. Sepsis is a medical emergency where prompt intervention is vital to promoting positive patient outcomes. Septic shock develops when sepsis has progressed to the point of persistent hypotension despite appropriate fluid resuscitation. It is important to recognize the early signs of sepsis and intervene to prevent further progression. As the understanding of the pathophysiology has developed further over the years, the treatments and outcomes associated with sepsis have also improved. However, prompt recognition and intervention have always been at the forefront of management and should remain the focus. Nurses play an important role in identifying subtle changes in a patient’s condition that may indicate the development of sepsis. Once diagnosed, nurses again play a vital role in ensuring prompt and appropriate intervention occur while also assessing the patient’s response to these interventions. This poster is an overview of sepsis including the pathophysiology, significance, signs and symptoms, treatment, and nursing implications.



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