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Sepsis Syndromes CME Quiz

Sepsis Syndromes Board Review Questions: Free CME Quiz

Sepsis Syndromes CME Quiz courtesy of Med-Challenger Online Medical Education

This week's Med-Challenger free CME quiz - Sepsis Syndromes - the quick quiz covers the definition of sepsis and septic shock; the recommended sepsis screening tools according to the 2021 SSC guidelines as compared to the 2016 guidelines; the 2021 SSC recommendation (and if/how they have changed from previous guidelines) for resuscitation fluid in patients with sepsis or septic shock; the rate of fluid resuscitation in a septic patient; and standard vasopressor management of uncomplicated shock refractory to fluid challenges.

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Here's this week's sample CME board review question on sepsis syndromes:

A 55-year-old woman with a history of paraplegia and urinary retention is brought from a long-term care home with fever, chills, increasing confusion, hematuria, and reduced urinary output.

Her vital signs are as follows: blood pressure 88/56; pulse 110; respiratory rate 24; temperature 102°F (38.9°C).

She is lethargic, has a mildly distended suprapubic area, and no costovertebral angle tenderness. Serum creatinine is 3.1. Her white blood cell count is 18,000 and her platelet count is 110 x103/mm3. Urinalysis is positive for leukocytes, red blood cells, and many bacteria.

Blood and urine cultures are obtained and an intravenous infusion with plasmalyte 30 mL/kg ideal body weight is given, after which her blood pressure improves to 116/72 and her pulse rate drops to 89.


According to the definitions and screening tools endorsed by the 2021 Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines, which statement describes this patient’s condition?

Answer Options:

According to the newly endorsed quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score (qSOFA), she has severe sepsis.

According to the newly endorsed quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score (qSOFA); her blood pressure improvement with IV fluids clarifies that she has bacteremia, not sepsis.

According to the currently endorsed sepsis-3 definitions and the recently reinstated systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria, she is presenting with severe sepsis

According to the currently endorsed sepsis-3 definitions and the recently reinstated systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria, she is presenting with likely sepsis.

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