By Sean Hulsman
Sepsis carries a greater mortality rate than many diseases we consider common place like breast cancer and AIDS. Surprisingly, EMS has only recently begun to broaden training on diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from sepsis in the field. The physiology of sepsis is very much within the realm of understanding for EMS providers, and knowledge of ETCO2 with respect to how the body responds to systemic infection can help us better identify these patients when we encounter them. Read Use of capnography to identify sepsis and take the quiz to test your knowledge of sepsis and capnography.
About the author:
Sean Hulsman, MEd, EMT-P is Director of Education at Twin City Ambulance Corporation in Western New York. He began his EMS career in 1992 and continues to teach and work in the field. You can contact Sean via his blog: Coarse Asystole.