Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Compare and contrast the definitions of syndromes related to sepsis.

2. Identify the pathogens associated with sepsis.

3. Discuss the pathophysiology of sepsis as it relates to pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators.

4. Identify patient symptoms as early or late sepsis and evaluate diagnostic and laboratory tests for patient treatment and monitoring.

5. Assess complications of sepsis and discuss their impact on patient outcomes.

6. Design desired treatment outcomes for septic patients.

7. Formulate a treatment and monitoring plan (pharmacologic and nonpharmacolo-gic) for septic patients.

8. Evaluate patient response and devise alternative treatment regimens for non-responding septic patients.

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