Module C: Sources and Predispositions

CE Credits: 1.25


Even though about 20 percent of sepsis cases come from unknown causes, this module explores the most likely sources of infection. The module first details the most common precursors to sepsis: abdominal infections (such as appendicitis), urinary tract infections, lung infections and skin infections (from traumatic wounds to surgical sites). It also covers other common causes, such as bone and central nervous system infections (such as meningitis), and conditions that can contribute to sepsis, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Review abdominal infections that may precipitate sepsis
» Identify lung infections heightening risk for sepsis
» Describe types of UTIs associated with sepsis
» Identify types of skin infections that may precipitate sepsis
» Discuss bone infections associated with sepsis
» Review CNS infections heightening risk for sepsis
» Discuss other disease processes and conditions associated with sepsis


Advance your professional practice: By understanding the breadth of causes for sepsis, CMs can spot early warning signs and support the efforts of transdisciplinary team members, so that the most effective treatment can begin as quickly as possible.

Improve organizational performance: Given the high morbidity and mortality rates associated with sepsis, our transdisciplinary team can improve outcomes and shorten hospital stays by understanding the risk factors and sources of sepsis. Since some of the sources of sepsis can be hospital-acquired infections (for instance, related to pneumonia, catheter-related UTIs or pressure ulcers), it is extremely important that we lower risks for patients wherever possible.