Septic Emboli Resulting From Severe Trauma: A Primer on Care

Author(s): Heidi Israel, PhD, FNP, LCSW, CCRC, Vicki Moran, PhD, RN, Pamela Golden, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, TCRN, TNS Megan Boyd, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, TNS, TCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2025

Topics: Sepsis, Trauma

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Trauma nursing requires specialized knowledge and skills. This article describes the case of a patient who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and presented to the emergency department with hypovolemic shock secondary to a splenic laceration. In the hospital, the patient experienced prolonged hypotension. The patient was diagnosed with non traumatic cerebral septic emboli, which carries a 50% mortality rate if not detected and treated promptly.


  • Describe the events in this case where embolic events should be considered.
  • Compare the definition and clinical presentation of sepsis in a trauma patient versus a non-trauma patient.
  • Explain the ICU nurse's role to collaborate with team members and identify reasons for a trauma patient's continued need for vasopressor support.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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