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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2016, Article ID 6717261, 5 pages
Research Article

Paramedic Recognition of Sepsis in the Prehospital Setting: A Prospective Observational Study

1Department of Critical Care, Dalhousie University, Suite 377, Bethune Building, 1276 South Park Street, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 2Y9
2Trauma Nova Scotia, Room 1-026B, Centennial Building, 1276 South Park Street, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 2Y9
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Division of EMS, 1796 Summer Street, Halifax Infirmary, Suite 355, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 3A7
4Emergency Health Service, 239 Brownlow Avenue, Suite 300, Dartmouth, NS, Canada B3B 2B2
5Performance Excellence, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

Received 22 December 2015; Accepted 17 February 2016

Academic Editor: Rade B. Vukmir

Copyright © 2016 Robert S. Green et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplementary Material

A prehospital sepsis screening tool was developed by the study team. Paramedics were prompted to complete this paper-based tool immediately following transfer of patient care to the emergency department. Using the tool, paramedics entered data on patient history, vital signs, recent findings within the past 10 days, signs and symptoms, criteria for organ dysfunction remote from site of infection, and presence of fever. Based on this data, paramedics indicated on the tool whether or not the patient had any degree of sepsis.

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