Wolves in Sheep Clothing
Sepsis is a common clinical syndrome caused by an unchecked inflammatory response to infection. Several diseases closely resemble a septic presentation by mimicking its clinical pathophysiology. If these various conditions are not taken into consideration while examining a patient with a potential diagnosis of sepsis, there is a higher potential for increased mortality and morbidity.
This presentation will explain what mimics you should evaluate for, and what history and physical exam findings that can assist you differentiating these conditions from sepsis.
After this presentation, the participant shall be able to:
1. List three common mimics that present as a septic patient.
2. Explain the history and physical exam findings that assist to differentiate mimics from sepsis.
3. Identify the need to consider the entire clinical picture for a patient presenting with a possible sepsis mimic.
4. Differentiate the various treatments for sepsis mimics.