Long School of Medicine

UHS UT Health Rural Outreach - Perinatal Sepsis

Course Description

This online enduring material-presentation details an in-depth view of maternal sepsis referencing current evidence based care and firsthand experience at a Level IV Maternal Center of Care. The participants will engage in a case presentation that continues through the program while the course of treatment, key labs and potential sources of infection are discussed. In addition, fluid resuscitation, meds and fetal surveillance are disseminated through the case process.

Perinatal Sepsis is the third leading cause of maternal death. The presentation aims to prepare the user to identify pertinent warning signs and treatment of a deteriorating patient through a multidisciplinary team approach. Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Systemic Inflammatory Response (SIRS) through the collaborative efforts of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESIC), Surviving Sepsis Campaign and Society of Critical Care. Sepsis categorization, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), Sepsis in Obstetric Score (SOS) reinforce signs and steps to take for early recognition, initiation of treatment, key for survival.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational goals of physician and other healthcare professionals working, referring and associated with maternal patients and hospital emergency rooms. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the incidence and prognosis of Perinatal Sepsis
  • Define and differentiate uncomplicated infection, Systemic Inflammatory Response (SIRS), Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Discuss the differences in the clinical features of Perinatal Sepsis
  • Review the different tools for diagnosis and assessing Sepsis severity
  • Understand the management of Sepsis and Septic Shock


Angela Rodriguez Boyd, MD, PHD, Maternal Fetal Medicine

University Health System/ UT-Health, San Antonio, Texas

Angela Rodriguez Boyd, MD, PHD has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The planning committee members listed below do not have any relevant financial interest to disclose.

Rebecca Terrazas, RN
Amy Quinn, MD
Antonio Hernandez, MD
Kayla Ireland, MD
Dolores Perry, RN
Patrick Ramsey MD, MSPH

Physician Participation

Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.

Program Registration Information

Registration Fees

No Charge

Continuing Medical Education Credit - Accreditation Statement

As an ACCME-accredited CME provider, The UT Health Science Center San Antonio must ensure that its CME activities are independent of the control of commercial interests. All speakers and planning committee members for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio sponsored programs are expected to disclose (prior to the activity) all “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 24 months that create a conflict of interest. (“Relevant” financial interest or other relationships can include such things as grant or research support, employees, consultants, major stockholders, members of speaker bureau, etc.)

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Rebecca Terrazas, course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the University Health System. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

Credit may be obtained upon successful completion of the activity’s evaluation.