CDC Releases Sepsis Resources for EMS Personnel

PUBLISHED: May 15, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new resources to assist Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel identify sepsis. Sepsis, life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection, affects over 1.7 million adult annually and contributes to approximately 270,000 deaths. Even those patients who survive sepsis often suffer long-term physical, psychological, and cognitive disabilities.

According to the CDC, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel are often the first medical providers to see a patient with sepsis. In approximately 80% of cases, sepsis starts outside the hospital. Fast recognition and treatment in the field can increase a patients’ chance of survival.

CDC has two new education resources:

  • EMS Card: The new EMS Card is designed to remind EMS personnel of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and what critical medical information should be obtained in the field and communicated to hospital healthcare professionals.
  • Sepsis: First Response Educational Video: The CDC partnered with Sepsis Alliance on Sepsis: First Response, an online educational video that provides EMS personnel with tools to rapidly identify and begin treating sepsis cases in the field. Watch the video today.

In addition to education for EMS personnel, healthcare personnel should be trained to receive EMS information from the field and should be prepared to evaluate the patient and begin treatment as soon as they arrive to the hospital.

Included with today’s notice are links to the new EMS resources as well as an example sepsis bundle policy.

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