Common Clinical Problems: Imaging the Septic Patient Post-Abdominal Surgery

In this micro skills course, you will learn how to investigate septic patients after abdominal surgery. You will learn through a series of interactive images how to identify the cause of sepsis and the relative merits of the plain abdominal x-ray (AXR), ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) in the diagnostic and therapeutic pathway.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe a structured approach to investigating septic patients after abdominal surgery
  3. List the most common causes of postoperative sepsis
  4. State the imaging appearances of these causes on the AXR, ultrasound and CT
  5. Explain the relative merits of AXR, ultrasound and CT in diagnosis
  6. Identify postoperative collections on ultrasound and CT
  7. Recommend the most appropriate modality for drainage of postoperative collections

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.