September is National Sepsis Awareness Month, which also includes World Sepsis Day on the 13th. The Sepsis Alliance launched a first responder training video on August 11, 2018 to teach EMS personnel how to properly and quickly identify sepsis cases. The video features expert commentary by Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection that requires urgent attention and rapid treatment for survival.
“On average, 50-60 percent of all severe sepsis cases are transported by EMS before they get to the hospital,” Seymour says during the video, “Enhancing the partnership between pre-hospital care, the emergency department, and even the ICU is a key step to improving sepsis outcomes.”
As many as 87 percent of sepsis cases originate in the community, so the sooner sepsis is recognized in the field, the more likely the individual is to survive. Pre-hospital care for sepsis by first responders can lead to faster treatment times for patients in the emergency department.
Considering that sepsis is the leading cause of death in US hospitals and more than 30 million people worldwide are affected every year, this educational training video and accompanying module can help spread awareness and knowledge that may prevent further loss of life due to sepsis.
A council member of the International Sepsis Forum, Seymour’s research focuses on emergency and critical care medicine, specifically, in pre-hospital sepsis and how care is continued in the emergency department. He was awarded the first National Institutes of Health grant on prehospital sepsis and is currently funded to explore sepsis endotypes during emergency care.