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Super Sick Kids: New Research and Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Septic Shock-Rommie Duckworth

As an EMS provider, you play a decisive role in the identification and early treatment of these critically ill children. This session investigates what research says about how to identify, assess, and begin treatment for pediatric patients with sepsis.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify infection related triggers for sepsis and septic shock.

2. Identify the key physiological indicators of pediatric sepsis.

3. Critically evaluate guidelines for EMS identification, assessment, and management of pediatric victims of sepsis based on current research.


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  • Format
  • Duration
    1 hour
  • Credits
    1 CE
  • After passing the course, your certificate will be available for download here.