Emergency medical services personnel care for a substantial and increasing number of patients with sepsis. Rapid diagnosis and intervention for severe sepsis and septic shock is critical for appropriate treatment. This webinar will focus on symptoms and conditions of sepsis and how dispatch personnel can screen patients early for potential sepsis by asking the appropriate questions and conveying precise information to the ambulance team. Strategies on how to spread this training to dispatchers to improve response to sepsis will also be discussed.
911 Dispatch, Emergency Communications Officers, EMS providers
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Define sepsis and the symptoms and conditions in which sepsis should be suspected
- Describe why suspected sepsis is an emergency event
- Ask the right questions of the caller to identify suspected sepsis
- Convey precise information to the ambulance team
- Share/train other dispatchers in their unit to improve response to sepsis
Rommie L. Duckworth, LP
New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine, LLC
Rommie L. Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services.
Rom is currently a career fire Captain and Paramedic EMS Coordinator with the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, Editorial Director of RescueDigest.com and an emergency services advocate and speaker at conferences around the world.