Australian Sepsis Network

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Long-term outcomes of sepsis & critical illness and current evidence on interventions

1 Credit(s)

1 CPD point, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, 1 CEU
Providers: CPDUK, EB Medicine, CBRN

Elisabeth Papathanassoglou 2020 Read bio

Elisabeth Papathanassoglou 2020

Professor Elisabeth Papathanassoglou

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Papathanassoglou is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada. She is exploring the effects of non-pharmacological, integrative interventions and stress responses in critical care. She received her BSc from the University of Athens, Greece, her PhD from the University of Rochester, NY, USA, and post-doctoral training as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. She has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has received over 3,020 international citations (h-index: 29). She has delivered 64 invited lectures at international and national conferences and has presented another 230 papers at conferences. She is Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020, WFCCN’s representative to the Global Sepsis Alliance Network and co-editor of CONNECT: The World of Critical Care Nursing, The official journal of WFCCN. She has 20 years of teaching experience as a faculty member.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation. 

Talk Summary:
This talk will review current evidence on the prevalence and manifestations of post-intensive care (PICS) and post-sepsis syndrome (PSS) and will explore links with prolonged critical illness and post-COVID19 syndrome. Current advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of PICS will be discussed, including the role of immune and macrophage dysfunction, as well as their implications for the management of PICS. Evidence on approaches to improve long-term outcomes after critical illness will be presented, and gaps in the literature and practice implications will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture the attendee will be able to:

  1. Identify key physical, psychological and socioeconomic consequences of PICS
  2. Compare and contrast manifestations and patient outcomes in PICS and PSS
  3. Identify risk factors for PICS
  4. Familiarize with current approaches in preventing and managing PICS and PSS and their limitations
  5. Gain an understanding of the complex pathophysiological mechanisms underlying PICS and PSS

This lecture is equal to 1 CPD Point, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, and 1 CE Contact Hour.



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

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