After a successful pilot study performed in the ED, the Orange County, Fla., EMS System developed a sepsis alert protocol utilizing low EtCO2 as an equivalent to elevated serum lactate for identification of hypoperfusion.
Pre-arrival septic alerts by EMS to hospitals can link prehospital evaluation, screening and intervention with definitive care in the hospital, and facilitate compliance with CMS-dictated standards.
The Miami Sepsis Score has a maximum of 4 points, incorporating respiratory rate, fever and shock index.
Sepsis is an insidious killer that demands prompt recognition and treatment if patients are to have a positive prognosis.
Learn about sepsis and septic shock and how Polk County Fire Rescue designed an effective sepsis alert protocol designed for all levels of providers to recognize sepsis quickly.
Evidence is showing that severe sepsis can be reliably identified by a number of methods. Find out how prehospital providers can help curb the massive numbers, and dollars, lost to sepsis every year.
As the first patient contact for many sepsis patients, EMS can play a role in faster antibiotic administration and early goal-directed therapy initiation, reducing patient morbidity and mortality.
The Greenville County EMS program exhibits that EMS agencies have an opportunity to have a significant impact on reducing sepsis mortality in their communities.
Six million children die from sepsis worldwide every year, making it the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children.