Infectious and Inflammatory Conditions of the GI Tract and the Hot Belly

Author(s): Fitzpatrick Eleanor

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Gastrointestinal, Infectious Disease, Sepsis

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The onus of a critical illness may be within the GI tract. This session explores life-threatening inflammatory and infectious conditions of the GI tract. Cholangitis, acalculous cholecystitis and colitis can occur in all critical care environments. Infected pancreatic necrosis occurs in the setting of severe acute pancreatitis and requires intense intervention. Attendees learn high level information to assist in the rapid recognition and evidence-based management of these grave conditions.


  • Discuss the incidence and etiology of inflammatory and infectious conditions of the GI tract.
  • Apply clinical evaluation and acute management skills for patients with biliary infections, acute pancreatitis, colitis and toxic megacolon.
  • Examine the significant symptoms of GI inflammation and infection and apply assessment and management strategies to case-based scenarios.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

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


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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