ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Sepsis: Immune Response Meltdown

Michael Jay Katz, MD, PhD

Michael Jay Katz earned a BA from Harvard University and both an MD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He has taught anatomy and physical diagnosis in the medical school of Case Western Reserve University for thirty years.

Michael has written many books, professional papers, and essays. He is a contributing editor for Taber’s Medical Dictionary.

Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, COI, CCRN

Tracey is a registered nurse who has worked in critical care, telemetry, and primary care for almost 30 years. She developed health education and diabetes programs in Spanish for local hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she now resides. Tracey earned a double bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science and Spanish from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Public Health Education at California College of Health Sciences, and an MSN in Nursing Education at UNLV. She completed her PhD in Nursing Education and Leadership. Tracey has served on the nursing faculty at the College of Southern Nevada and at Nevada State College. She has been a health-welfare missionary in Colombia and works with International Service Learning, taking nurses and students to Belize, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica and other developing countries, where they offer medical clinics to rural communities. Her research interests are international health and nursing, simulation, cultural competency training, measuring effectiveness in education, and diabetes education. She served on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the National Nursing Simulation Study Team.

As a freelance speaker Tracey earned the Educator of Excellence Award, and has been an invited keynote speaker for nursing school graduations, nursing career fairs, nursing webinars, and genealogy seminars. She has written three children’s health books as well as Climbing Family Trees: Whispers in the Leaves about researching genealogy. She married her college sweetheart and they have their own Brady Bunch of six kids, who teach her what’s really important in life! 



JoAnn O'Toole, RN, BSN

JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN,is a registered nurse, writer, and researcher. While in college at San Jose State University and later at the University of Mexico in Mexico City, she carried a double major in Spanish and journalism and a minor in Latin.

She currently works in the Emergency Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California, a certified stroke center and a sepsis center.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 3
  • Expiration date: June 1, 2020
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

This course is a thorough explanation of the pathophysiology of sepsis and treatment strategies, including the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1 - Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of sepsis.
  • Define sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock.
  • Identify the groups of people with the highest risk of developing sepsis.
  • Summarize the major factors that cause sepsis and list the key events in the systemic spread of a septic reaction.
  • Name the important diagnostic signs and laboratory values of sepsis.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation of septic shock.
  • Explain the three-hour and six-hour bundles in the treatment of sepsis.
  • List concerns in providing supportive therapy of severe sepsis.
  • Identify the effects on organs and organ systems as management of sepsis continues.
  • Explain the scoring systems for determining a prognosis with sepsis.
  • Discuss prevention approaches to sepsis.
  • Explain the patient experience with sepsis and care measures.

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