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Use of Corticosteroids in Septic Shock On Demand

Treating critically ill patients can be further complicated by a diagnosis of septic shock; the treatment options are varied and debatable. In this webcast, expert faculty discuss the rationale for use or non-use of corticosteroids in critically ill patients with septic shock and highlight the controversies surrounding the use of low-dose corticosteroids and their association with clinical outcomes.
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Learning Objectives

  • List the rationales for the use of low-dose steroids in septic shock
  • Explain the controversies surrounding steroid use and clinical outcomes
  • Describe the context in which steroids should be used (i.e. dose, duration, severe sepsis vs. septic shock)
  • Outline the end points for use of steroids (i.e., mortality vs. shock reversal)
  • Categorize the adverse effects expected for steroid use in the critically ill
  • Review the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) septic shock guidelines regarding recommendations for steroid use

Use of Corticosteroids in Septic Shock: Pro
Djilalli Annane, MD

Use of Corticosteroids in Septic Shock: Con
Greet Van den Berghe, MD, PhD

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM

System Requirements
Audio speakers
PC-based attendees: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees: Mac OS®X 10.4(Tiger®) or newer
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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