EMS Often Missing Sepsis in Children, According to Survey

 Friday, February 7, 2020

This week, the Sepsis Alliance and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) released the results of their Pediatric Sepsis and emergency medical services (EMS) survey. The survey found that only 41 percent of EMS providers are very confident in their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis in children. This is in contrast to the majority (82 percent) of EMS providers who are very confident in recognizing pediatric asthma. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to infection.

In the U.S., sepsis takes the lives of more children than pediatric cancers and accounts for 100,000 pediatric emergency department visits each year. Yet, only 54 percent of survey respondents are very aware of sepsis symptoms in children. In addition, 66 percent of respondents do not often initiate treatment in the field for pediatric patients with sepsis.

The two organizations have developed a training module for EMS providers, along with a video. Click to download the survey and training materials.

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