Beyond 2016 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: Emerging Adjunctive Therapies and Establishing Metrics in Sepsis Management

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-18-023-H04-P
Activity Date
May 16, 2018
Expiration Date:
May 16, 2021
Activity Type:
CE Credits:
1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee:
Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available

Accreditation for Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for pharmacists involved with sepsis management.

Activity Overview

The 2016 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines included new definitions of sepsis and septic shock to facilitate rapid recognition of symptoms. However, the guidelines do not address emerging adjunctive therapies (e.g. vitamin C) or how to implement quality control recommendations for institutions to improve sepsis management. This presentation will include a brief overview about the updates to the 2016 guidelines, discuss emerging adjunctive therapy for sepsis-induced hypotension, and describe strategies that can be used to implement quality control metrics for pharmacists for the improvement of sepsis management. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify updates to 2016 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines.
  • Discuss sympathetic overload in septic patients and its impact on prognosis.
  • Describe adjunctive agents for sepsis induced hypotension and the use of the alternate therapies for sepsis.
  • Describe different sepsis metrics used in the hospital setting and the role of the pharmacist to improve these measures.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Compare the previous and new guidelines to identify updates.
  • Discuss strategies for quality control in sepsis management.

Faculty Information

  • Jason Ferreira, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Medical ICU Clinical Pharmacist, UF Health – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
  • Christine Groth, Pharm.D., BCCCP, Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • T. Vivian Liao, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, GA


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships. A person has a relevant financial relationship if the individual of his or her spouse/partner has a financial relationship (e.g. employee, consultant, research grant recipient, speakers bureau, or stockholder) in any amount occurring the in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services may be discussed in the educational activity content over which the individual has control. The existence of these relationships is provided for the information of participants and should not be assumed to have an adverse impact on the content.

In keeping with this requirement, ASHP ask that all faculty, advisory board members, planning committee members, content development consultants, and staff complete a disclosure form for each program in which they are involved. Anyone who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships must be disqualified from any involvement with a continuing pharmacy education activity.

  • Faculty, planner, ASHP Staff and consultants report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of recorded faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the entire activity and complete all the required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts to claim and view or print the statement of credit immediately or within 60 days of completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. 

System Technical Requirements

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