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  • The student will be competent in the assessment and resuscitation of the patient presenting with severe sepsis or septic shock.
  • The student will be able to assess a patient presenting with sepsis to produce a valid differential diagnosis, investigate appropriately, formulate and implement a management plan.
  • Be aware of guidelines with regard to antibiotic selection and use. Knowledge of common gram negative and gram positive organisms producing sepsis.
  • Know the ‘Sepsis Six’.
  • Be aware of the first steps in the management of the patient with ‘severe sepsis’ and ‘septic shock’. Rapidly assesses the shocked patient in terms of ABC, airway, breathing and circulation.
  • Be able to interpret initial investigations such as a venous blood gas.