EMS practitioners are often a sepsis patient’s first contact into the healthcare system and in severe cases, the timely assessment and treatment they provide can greatly impact patient outcomes. EMS practitioners are uniquely positioned to improve the early and vital care of sepsis patients – at home, in transport and during transfers – while protecting themselves and the wider community.

In honor of National EMS Week May 19-25, 2019, we wanted to share some useful tools and resources.

  • EMS Card—The EMS Card, developed by the CDC, was designed to remind you of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and critical medical information to obtain in the field and communicate to hospital healthcare professionals. Download and share this resource with your colleagues today.
  • Sepsis: First Response Educational Video—CDC partnered with Sepsis Alliance on Sepsis: First Response, an online educational video that provides EMS personnel with tools to rapidly identify and begin treating sepsis cases in the field. Watch the video today.
  • EMS Sepsis Identification Pocket Card  – Sepsis Alert Criteria pocket card developed by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

“Because 80% of sepsis starts in the community, EMS providers are often the first contact the septic patient has with the healthcare system. Early recognition and treatment of sepsis by EMS providers, along with urgent transport to the emergency department, is critical to saving lives. We would like to recognize and thank all EMS providers for their dedication and the sacrifices that they make every day to provide excellent care to their patients,” stated Krystal Hays, DNP, RN, CADDCT, RAC-CT; Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Advisor.

To learn more about sepsis and how to prevent infections, visit

Great Plains QIN received special funding to increase awareness and early recognition of sepsis. EMS professionals are critical partners as they can help prevent sepsis infection or death by knowing the risk factors, identifying the symptoms and initiating life-saving treatment. Learn more about these efforts on our website.