A life threatening condition that arises when the bodys REPSONSE to infection causes injury to its own organs. The bodys response varies per person and is not necessarily correlated with the amount of insult someone undergoes. It is something we seeing in virtually all ICU patients; it is truly a core topic that you MUST have a in-depth understanding of. Inappropriately treating a septic patient early on can kill someone. As a trainee, you will go over the early definitions of sepsis and how to treat it; once you have a solid understanding of these, you can go over the newer definitions.
Emcrit Podcast 169: Interview with Merv Singer: http://emcrit.org/podcasts/sepsis-3/