Skip to main content
  • Poster presentation
  • Open access
  • Published:

Evaluation of knowledge of nurses in intensive care, semi-intensive care and ready for a private hospital of St Paul on sepsis


Sepsis is an inflammatory response secondary to an infectious process with presumed or known [1] focus that can lead to involvement of multiple organs and death. The incidence of severe sepsis and septic shock among patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in Brazil was 36 and 30 per 1,000 patient-days, respectively [2]. ICUs in other countries reported an incidence of severe sepsis of 21 cases per 100 admissions in Paris [3] and 16 cases per 100 admissions in the United States [4].


Field research, descriptive and exploratory, transversal, prospective, level I, with a quantitative approach. We approached nurses working in intensive care, emergency care and semi-intensive work during the day or night. The study was conducted in a large private hospital in São Paulo. A semi-structured questionnaire was developed with multiple-choice questions containing personal data and information on knowledge about sepsis.


We found 82 respondents with 33 nurses from the ICU, 30 from semi-intensive units (USI) and 19 of the health care unit (APU); there is a predominance of females and training time, being an average of 80%. Over 60% of respondents were postgraduates. The APU was found to have the greatest number of correct classifications of sepsis, more than 50% of respondents; the ICU was in second place, with an average of 40% hits; and the USI averaged 30% correct.


Of the nurses responding to the questionnaire, 66 (80%) are female and 74 (90%) have worked for more than 1 year and are trained well, and 22 (26%) hold a postgraduate program graduation. According to the results, we can observe that the better performance was seen in the emergency care units and intensive care. This does not exclude such units from a proposal for continuing education, since the primary concern relates to the retention of clinical symptoms.


  1. Bone RC, Balk RA, Cerra FB, Dellinger RP, Fein AM, Knaus WA, et al.: Definitions for sepsis and organ failure and guidelines for the use of innovative therapies in sepsis. The ACCP/SCCM Consensus Conference Committee. American College of Chest Physicians/Society of Critical Care Medicine. Chest 1992, 101: 1644-1655. 10.1378/chest.101.6.1644

    Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  2. Silva E, Pedro MA, Sogayar AC, Mohovic T, Silva CL, Janiszewski M, et al.: Brazilian sepsis epidemiological study (BASES study). Crit Care 2004, 8: R251-R260. 10.1186/cc2892

    Article  PubMed Central  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  3. Guidet B, Aegerter P, Gauzit R, Meshaka P, Dreyfuss D: Incidence and impact of organ dysfunctions associated with sepsis. Chest 2005, 127: 942-951. 10.1378/chest.127.3.942

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  4. Longo M: Evaluation of the knowledge of professionals in emergency medicine about the criteria for SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. PhD thesis. Santa Catarina; 2004.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated in a credit line to the data.

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Gambin, C., Junior, D., Shiramizo, S. et al. Evaluation of knowledge of nurses in intensive care, semi-intensive care and ready for a private hospital of St Paul on sepsis. Crit Care 15 (Suppl 2), P11 (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: