Cover image for lecture: SEPSIS - When Time Matters!

Lecture Overview

What does your lounge room couch have to do with the critical state of sepsis? Join Sue de Muelenaere for this frank and easy-to-understand overview of sepsis, and learn how your sofa can help you recognise the early symptoms of deterioration in a patient with sepsis. Ask yourself: would you be able to stop the infection before it progresses to sepsis?


Portrait of Sue de Muelenaere
Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically ill patient.




106 Total Rating(s)

Generic portrait
Dilys Bradbury
21 Mar 2019

What a great and useful lecture.

Generic portrait
Pauline Webber
19 Mar 2019

A good update on the present treatment of sepsis.

Generic portrait
17 Mar 2019

It was well presented and easy to understand.

Generic portrait
Kum Ying Morgan
16 Mar 2019

Good lecture, very clear and informative. It has enhanced my knowledge on infections and sepsis. It has also provided me with more knowledge and understanding of MERT criteria with patients of concerns

Generic portrait
Caroline Terrell
15 Mar 2019

A good lecture on identifying sepsis, and immediate management

Generic portrait
Julie Grosse
13 Mar 2019

A well presented difficult subject.

Generic portrait
Shienna Joy Factor
02 Mar 2019

Very helpful. Must watch!

Portrait of John Wright
John Wright
01 Mar 2019

Overall a very good and succinct lecture. A few minor glitches such as the lecturer using Reduced Level of Consciousness and Altered Mental State as synonyms - they are not the same thing even though they are related. Also she stated that the oxygen saturation of the blood is maximised when "all the oxygen is absorbed in the alveoli" - that is not correct as normal oxygen absorption in the alveoli only reduces oxygen content from 21% of inspired air to about 16% of expired air. Other than that, a very accessible and easy to follow explanation of the dangers of sepsis and what nurses can do about it.

Generic portrait
Alison winter
22 Feb 2019

This is the most succinct and informative lecture on Sepsis that I’ve watched/attended - especially for those who are inexperienced at dealing with septic patients. It is easy to follow and I learned new information to inspire of years of nursing in acute/critical care areas. The theory about Lactate levels was completely opposite to what I was taught - same with oxygen therapy - yet both new trains of thought make perfect sense.

Generic portrait
Judy Richmond
22 Feb 2019