Healthcare Professional Information
Educate your patients and their families about:
- Preventing infections
- Keeping cuts clean and covered until healed
- Managing chronic conditions
- Recognizing early signs and symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis, and seeking immediate care if signs and symptoms are present
If you suspect sepsis:
Sepsis is a medical emergency. You play a critical role. Protect your patients by ACTING FAST.
Know your facility’s existing guidance for diagnosing and managing sepsis.
- Immediately alert the clinician in charge if it is not you.
- Start antibiotics as soon as possible in addition to other therapies appropriate for the patient. Once the specific cause of sepsis is known, such as a positive test for COVID-19, therapy can be targeted, and empiric broad-spectrum antibiotics might not be needed.
- Check patient progress frequently. Always remember to prescribe the right antibiotic, at the right dose, for the right duration, and at the right time. Reassess antibiotic therapy to stop or tailor treatment based on the patient’s or resident’s clinical condition and diagnostic test results as appropriate.
Your fast recognition and treatment can increase your patients’ chances of survival.
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Educate your patients on how to prevent infections, what signs and symptoms to look for, and when to seek medical care for possible sepsis.
EMS Personnel and Disaster Responders
Resources to help you rapidly identify sepsis in the field and in disaster settings.
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