Christopher Hunter, MD, PhD, FACEP, is the Director of the Health Services Department for Orange County, Florida, providing administrative oversight to eight different divisions including indigent medical care, corrections health services, mental health and homelessness, and the Office of the EMS Medical Director. He holds the title of Associate Medical Director for the Orange County EMS System, a consolidated group of fire rescue and ambulance services, providing medical direction to over 2,000 pre-hospital providers. He is also faculty at the Orlando Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine residency program, and the Medical Director of the Orlando Health Air Care Team. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
Severe infection and sepsis are high mortality illnesses that significantly burden the healthcare system. Evidence suggests that early identification and aggressive treatment reduces mortality and length of hospital stay for these patients. Emergency rooms and hospitals have utilized protocols to help identify this patient cohort, but emergency medical services (EMS) has lagged behind, despite the fact that many of these patients are initially treated and transported by EMS. Recently, several prehospital screening tools for identifying sepsis have been created and evaluated. Using this approach, emergency medical technicians may be able to provide pre-arrival notification, initiate treatment, and create systems of care for septic patients. This webinar will review the evidence for prehospital engagement with septic patients and discuss the existing screening tools for EMS personnel.
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