Sepsis: Pediatric First Response

Training Module Description: 

Providers play a decisive role in the identification and early treatment of children who have sepsis. This training module shows prehospital and emergency medicine clinicians how to identify, assess, and begin treatment for pediatric patients with sepsis. In addition, coordination of care with emergency department and critical care staff is discussed. Providers will learn the latest update, as well as take home knowledge of how they can make the biggest difference for the littlest patients.


This educational activity has been a Joint Collaboration between Children's Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance.


Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

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

  • Differentiate sepsis versus septic shock.
  • Describe the role of prehospital providers in the identification, assessment, and treatment of pediatric patients with sepsis and septic shock.
  • Contrast the presentation and treatment of pediatric vs adult patients with sepsis and septic shock.
  • Explain how prehospital providers can identify the presence of infection-related triggers for sepsis.
  • Explain the role of clinical measurements such as blood pressure, lactate, end-tidal CO2, and temperature in the identification and assessment of pediatric patients with sepsis and septic shock.
  • Prioritize treatment tools and techniques for pediatric patients experiencing sepsis and septic shock.
  • Justify the escalation or termination of fluid resuscitation / vasopressor administration for patients experiencing septic shock. 


Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Del E. Webb Foundation for this training module.


 This training module has been endorsed by the National Association of EMS Educators.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 Participation
  • 2.50 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Looking for resources to share with your patients or colleagues about pediatric sepsis? Sepsis Alliance has a variety of resources to help you raise awareness and educate others on the signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of sepsis in children. 

Pediatric Sepsis and EMS Survey Results

Sepsis Alliance and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) have partnered to conduct a research survey among EMS practitioners in the United States to evaluate their readiness for pediatric sepsis encounters, their ability to recognize sepsis, and the sepsis education they receive. Read the full survey results here.

Sepsis: Pediatric First Response General Education Video

Share this video with your colleagues, patients, and loved ones to ensure they know the signs and symptoms of pediatric sepsis. This video includes a reenactment of an EMS response to a pediatric sepsis case and expert commentary on sepsis in pediatric patients.

Article: What EMS Needs to Know About the New Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines

Read this article from Rom Duckworth, Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board Member, on the recently released Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines.

Sepsis in Children Educational Page

Sepsis Alliance has an entire page dedicated to pediatric sepsis dedicated to information on signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of sepsis in children. Our “Pediatric Symptoms of Sepsis” card is available for download to share there as well. Check out the educational page here.

Erin’s Campaign for Kids

In memory of Erin K. Flatley, an aspiring teacher who died at the age of 23 from sepsis, Erin’s Campaign for Kids aims to combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children through awards and training programs. Learn more here.

Pediatric Sepsis Week

Every year in April, Sepsis Alliance observes Pediatric Sepsis Week to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis in children. You can read information about our past Pediatric Sepsis Week here

Sepsis Information Guide

Sepsis Alliance has many different Sepsis Information Guides on a variety of sepsis related topics, including one on pediatric sepsis. Download the Sepsis Information Guide “Sepsis and Children” here.

Sepsis and Children Video

Check out “Sepsis and Children” educational video from Sepsis Alliance. This video aims to educate the community about the signs and symptoms of sepsis in children, as well as share stories from those who affected by pediatric sepsis. View the video here.

Shop Our Store

Sepsis Alliance offers a variety of educational materials related to pediatric sepsis on the online store. These include:

Sign up for the Sepsis Alliance newsletter

We release information about sepsis in children – including news, infographics, event information, and more – on our newsletter. Stay up to date by signing up here.

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. 


Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH

Charles Macias is the Chief Quality Officer and Vice Chair of Quality for the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s system of care in Cleveland Ohio and its Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is a co-chair of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Quality Improvement Collaborative of the Children's Hospital Association - a collaborative of over 54 institutions dedicated to decreasing mortality and morbidity from sepsis. He was the chairman of the Pediatric Septic Shock Collaborative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the former chairman of a pediatric asthma collaborative for the Texas Pediatric Society. He serves as the executive director of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center, utilizing improvement science to support the EMSC program in 58 states and territories. Most recently, he was elected to the newly created subspecialty seat on the Board of Director’s for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


With an Introduction by Edward J. Gabriel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Incident Command and Control, ASPR

Mr. Gabriel served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Incident Command and Control within the Office of the Assistant Secretary Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In this role, he was principal advisor to the ASPR on all matters pertaining to the department’s incident command and control structure to augment the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. Mr. Gabriel provided strategic oversight to ASPR with an emphasis on enhancing ASPR’s strategies, policies, plans, and requirements relating to public health and medical emergencies, advancing security and intelligence efforts, and ensuring emergency response operation requirements including information management, and operational data analysis are met. Mr. Gabriel also oversaw the leadership team managing the Department’s Continuity of Operations Program, Critical Infrastructure Program, and the HHS Secretary’s Operations Center which runs 24/7/365.​


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

  • 2.50 Participation
  • 2.50 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 webinar (split into 5 sections)
  • Learner reflection
  • Interactive case study
  • 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.