Sepsis: First Response

Training Module Description: 

Sepsis is an emergent medical condition that kills more people annually than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. For every two heart attack patients for whom EMS provides care, five patients are hospitalized by sepsis. EMS transports 60% of patients with severe sepsis to the ED; and yet EMS providers are unaware of the presence of sepsis, or what they should do if the find it. This presentation aims to address this knowledge gap by discussing new sepsis criteria, along with providing expert commentary as to how these criteria can be applied in the field. This program 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 and what we can anticipate in the coming months and years.

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Target Audience

Emergency responders, nurses, and physicians. Other healthcare professionals may also benefit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training module, the learner should be able to:

  • Utilize the sepsis alert criteria to guide assessment and treatment pathways.
  • Identify infection related triggers for sepsis and septic shock.
  • Identify the key physiological indicators of sepsis.
  • Restate how to assess victims of sepsis using the CHART method.
  • State how to provide appropriate pre-hospital treatment and coordination with in-hospital staff for victims of sepsis.

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    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.50 Participation
    • 1.90 RN CE Contact Hours
      Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Looking for resources to share with your patients or colleagues about sepsis and first response? Sepsis Alliance has a variety of resources to help you raise awareness and educate others on the signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of sepsis. 

    General Education Video

    Share this short education video with your patients and colleagues to ensure they're up to speed on pre-hospital sepsis care.

    Sepsis and EMS Survey Results

    Of the 1,310 EMS practitioners surveyed, only 52% are very confident in their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis.

    To download the full report, click here.


    Download the EMS and Sepsis infographic here.

    EMS Badge Buddy

    Purchase this badge buddy to help raise awareness about sepsis on the job.

    Common Infections Poster

    Download this poster to educate others about common infections that may lead to sepsis.

    Rommie L. Duckworth, BS, LP

    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, and an emergency services advocate and speaker at conferences around the world.

    Rom offers keynote presentations and educational programs on leadership development, educational methodology, clinical health care topics and emergency services operations, in addition to consultation and coaching for organizations and individuals through the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine.

    Rom is also on the Advisory Board of Directors for Sepsis Alliance. 

    Sepsis Alliance is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.9 contact hours.

    Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours.

    Medical Disclaimer

    The information on or available through this site is intended for educational purposes only. Sepsis Alliance does not represent or guarantee that information on or available through this site is applicable to any specific patient’s care or treatment. The educational content on or available through this site does not constitute medical advice from a physician and is not to be used as a substitute for treatment or advice from a practicing physician or other healthcare provider. Sepsis Alliance recommends users consult their physician or healthcare provider regarding any questions about whether the information on or available through this site might apply to their individual treatment or care.

    Available Credit

    • 1.50 Participation
    • 1.90 RN CE Contact Hours
      Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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    This activity includes:

    • Pre-test
    • Downloadable slides
    • Pre-recorded video
    • Post-test (passing rate: 80%)
    • Evaluation

    All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.