Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
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Welcome to this Dentaljuce module on sepsis, one of the world’s biggest killers. World-wide, 20% of all deaths are due to sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s reaction to an infection.

Normally, a person’s immune system will attack and try to destroy the micro-organisms that cause an infection. It does this by releasing bioactive chemicals. Occasionally, when the micro-organisms have entered the blood stream, these chemicals are released in such huge amounts that they attack the person’s whole body as well as the original infection. This is known as sepsis.

If sepsis is identified early enough, treatment is usually successful. This module shows you what tests you must do, how to use a flowchart to categorise the risk of sepsis, and what to do next.

Member Feedback on Sepsis module

  • Excellent module, very comprehensive and taught in a great way!
  • Another well designed module. I am surprised Sepsis is not gaining more attention
  • This module was really clear and concise and provided good quality information and was also interesting and easy to follow
  • Good module, pitched at the correct level for general dental practice.
  • Very informative module on the causes and symptoms of sepsis and the red flag system for identifying the disease.

The Sepsis online learning module has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)   
Regulatory authorities recommend that CPD/CE is undertaken based on learning needs that you have identified and entered into your PDP. Some authorities may not accept your CPD as verifiable unless it has been identified in the PDP before you undertake it.

Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.
What development needs have I? How will I address them? Target completion date Outcomes Date

Improve my knowledge of Sepsis and Septic Shock

Take the Dentaljuce Sepsis module

• Know what sepsis and septic shock are.
• Understand how and why they are caused.
• Know how to assess sepsis risk using a flowchart.
• Know what to do when sepsis is suspected.

What development needs have I?

Improve my knowledge of Sepsis and Septic Shock

How will I address them?

Take the Dentaljuce Sepsis module

Target completion date
Outcomes • Know what sepsis and septic shock are.
• Understand how and why they are caused.
• Know how to assess sepsis risk using a flowchart.
• Know what to do when sepsis is suspected.
Date completed

Module Aims and Outcomes   


The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and management skills in relation to sepsis, in line with their identified personal development requirements.

Module objective
• to teach about sepsis and its management.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

The learner will:

  • Know what sepsis and septic shock are.
  • Understand the causal mechanisms for sepsis and septic shock.
  • Learn how to use the Sepsis Trust UK flow chart to assess sepsis risk.
  • Know what to do next when sepsis is suspected.
  • Through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.

GDC Principles

This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC principles and the underlying standards:

• P7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills

GDC Development Outcomes

This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcomes:

• DO C. (Clinical domain) Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice

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