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Sepsis and Septic Shock: Updated Definitions and Treatment Recommendations

In 2016, new definitions have been released concerning the diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis and septic shock. Due to the release of newer literature, there is a need to update and inform practicing clinical pharmacists.   
The goal for this activity is to help pharmacists identify the changes in the definitions and to apply them in clinical practice.



CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists


Disclosure Policy
The disclosure policies of the SIUE School of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Professional Education requires all persons in a position to control content to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. If a conflict is identified, the Office of Professional Continuing Education will initiate a process for resolving the conflict.  The existence of relationships does not necessarily imply bias or lessen the value of the activity.  All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.
The persons required to disclose conflicts include all course faculty, the SIUE CPE administrator, all activity planners and all reviewers.  The relevant commercial financial relationships or affiliations must have occured over the past 12 months.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  
The participant must provide the correct NABP ePID number/DOB combination in their electronic profile. All CPE evaluations must be completed within 60 days of completing the activity. It is the participant's responsibility to check that their credit records are correct within the 60 day period after completion of the activity.   Log in to CPE Monitor at to view a list of all ACPE-accredited activities you have taken. Any discrepancies must be resolved with the CPE Provider directly and in a timely manner.


Requirements for CE Credit

SIUE School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The target audience for this knowledge-based activity is pharmacists.  
To earn credit, the participant must:
1) complete a pretest if required;
2) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures;  
3) study the educational activity; and
3) complete the posttest and an evaluation form.
Successful completion of the post-test requires a score of 70% or higher.  If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have one more opportunity to pass the posttest.
CPE Credits will be submitted and posted to your NABP CPE profile within 2 weeks once you have successfully completed these requirements.
This activity has a fee


We acknowledge the support of Dr. Katie Ronald, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Dr. Therese Poirier, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Senior Scholar at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. We thank them for their guidance during this project.





  • Define sepsis and septic shock
  • Discuss the early goal-directed therapies for the treatment of sepsis and septic shock
  • Identify if a patient is experiencing sepsis based on SOFA scoring
  • Apply current sepsis/septic shock guidelines to a patient case
  • Identify first line pharmacologic therapy options for the treatment of sepsis and septic shock

Activity Number


Release Date: Sep 14, 2016
Credit Expiration Date: Sep 14, 2019

CE Hours