RescueDigest Resources: EMS Care for Pediatric Sepsis

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Pediatric Sepsis EMS

“Something’s wrong."

Pediatric fever can be a benign symptom of common childhood illness. But what about when it isn’t?  When bacterial or viral infection triggers Systemic Inflammatory Disease Syndrome (SIRS) it’s known as pediatric sepsis. In the United States each year there are approximately 430,000 cases of pediatric sepsis, approximately 10% of which are considered pediatric severe sepsis. Of these, approximately 4,300 children die each year, often due to missed or delayed diagnosis. But today EMS plays a decisive role in the identification and early treatment of these critically ill children. These resources will show advanced EMS providers how to assess, treatment, and coordinate care for these very sickest children. Take home the knowledge of how you can make the biggest difference for our littlest patients.

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Rom Duckworth’s full articles on Sepsis & Pediatric Sepsis:

In EMS World Magazine in english and en espanol

In JEMS Magazine


Assessment and Management of Pediatric Sepsis

Pediatric Sepsis Identification Tools & Protocols

Pediatric Sepsis in the Research

Organizations to Fight Sepsis

New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine’s Own Programs:

 CDC Article: The Need for EMS to be on the Lookout for Pediatric Sepsis

EMS World: Prehospital Management of Pediatric Septic Shock

JEMS: Recognizing Sepsis with the CHART Mnemonic Sepsis: Implications for Prehospital Care

About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via