Next Frontier: Microbiome and Epigenetics in the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock

Author(s): Harris Joan M

Contact Hours 1.07

CERP A 1.07

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Infectious Disease, Sepsis

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Emerging research in the microbiome and epigenetics are changing the way we understand sepsis and septic shock. The one size fits all of approach of sepsis treatment (cultures, antibiotics, fluid resuscitation and vasopressors) may be replaced by a tailored approach taking into consideration the patient’s host response, microbiome and the epigenetic changes related to the invasive organism. Join us for an advanced look at where the future lies in the management of sepsis and septic shock.


  • Discuss the effect of epigenetic modifications with respect to sepsis and septic shock.
  • Describe novel management strategies of sepsis and septic shock using concepts learned regarding the microbiome.
  • Outline novel management strategies of sepsis and septic shock using concepts learned regarding epigenetics.

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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.


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