What is the Difference Between SIRS & Sepsis?


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In the discussion of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) versus sepsis, what is the difference noted in the patient's body?

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1. Sepsis carries a higher risk of death if untreated early. _____ is one of the indicators of sepsis that should alert the medical team.

2. Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) is defined as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz/worksheet combo helps you assess your understanding of SIRS and sepsis. The risks posed by these conditions and how healthcare providers assess patients are some of the topics that the quiz covers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to check your familiarity with:

  • The goal of treatment in sepsis
  • Definition of Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA)
  • Purpose of using qSOFA
  • Difference in the body between SIRS and sepsis

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about an indicator of sepsis that should alert the medical team
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main topics, such as sepsis and SIRS
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the goal of treatment in sepsis and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about these conditions, work through the lesson called What is the Difference Between SIRS & Sepsis?. Thanks to this lesson, you can:

  • Review attributes of sepsis
  • Determine how sepsis is treated
  • See how SIRS develops
  • Examine the new understanding of the relationship between SIRS and sepsis