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New Criteria for Sepsis and What It Means for EMS

It’s more common than a heart attack, takes more lives than any cancer, yet EMS providers are unaware of its presence up to 80% of the times they encounter it. The condition of SEPSIS was first named by Hippocrates in the 4th century BC but exact definitions and best methods of treatment have eluded physicians for centuries, but now, new international sepsis definitions and guidelines have been released for emergency providers, but questions have arisen as to how exactly they should be used? What do these criteria mean for EMS systems and ALS and BLS providers? This presentation discusses the new sepsis criteria along with expert commentary and criticism as to how they apply to prehospital care. This program also includes real-world, practical methods for EMS identification, assessment and field treatment of life-threatening sepsis and looks at the current state of sepsis critical care as well as what we can anticipate in the coming months and years.

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