Safeguarding Students Part 1: Addressing Pediatric Sepsis in School-Based Health Care

Safeguarding Students Part 1: Addressing Pediatric Sepsis in School-Based Health Care

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School-based healthcare professionals play a vital role in helping children stay as healthy as possible. They also deal with health issues and emergencies that occur during school hours. In part one of this 2-part series focusing on sepsis education and prevention for school-based healthcare professionals, attendees will explore the critical topic of pediatric sepsis. This presentation will explore the burden of sepsis, particularly focusing on its impact on pediatric populations. Through a comprehensive analysis of the epidemiology of pediatric sepsis, attendees will gain valuable insights into the prevalence, risk factors, and clinical implications of this life-threatening condition among children.

This session will also highlight the pivotal role of school-based healthcare professionals in supporting sepsis prevention efforts. By emphasizing early recognition strategies, vaccination education initiatives, and the importance of educating families and students about sepsis, attendees will learn practical approaches to enhance sepsis awareness and promote proactive measures within educational settings.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify risk factors of pediatric sepsis;  
  • List ways school-based healthcare professionals can support pediatric sepsis prevention;  
  • Describe how school-based healthcare professionals can educate families and students about infection and sepsis prevention, and the importance of vaccinations.  

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Webinar Supporter:

This educational resource is supported by a grant from the Del E. Webb Foundation.


Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Sepsis Alliance Institute Sponsor.


Joseph Carcillo, MD

Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Joseph Carcillo, MD, specializes in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatrics, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is affiliated with UPMC Horizon, UPMC Mercy, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Altoona, and UPMC Northwest. He completed his medical degree at George Washington University Medical Center, along with a residency and fellowship at Children's National Medical Center. He was previously Taskforce Chair of the ACCM Guidelines for Hemodynamic Support of Newborn and Pediatric Septic Shock, and a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Taskforce for Definitions of Pediatric Sepsis.  

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.2 contact hours.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.0 contact hours.

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