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Sepsis is defined as “a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to an infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017).
As part of our mission to improve patient outcomes, the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) brought together emergency medical service (EMS) and hospital emergency medicine leaders to standardize the prehospital regional response to sepsis called the Guideline for Early Recognition and Prehospital Management of the Adult Septic Patient.
Through our partnership with the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), the OHA Sepsis Collaborative is using our guideline to help build a standardized hospital response to the prehospital sepsis alert patient.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). Sepsis questions and answers. https://www.cdc.gov
Central Ohio Trauma System (2017). Guideline for early recognition and prehospital management of the adult septic patient.