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Executive summary
Report and recommendations

Advancing Sepsis Care in Emergency Medicine: Recommendations from a Task Force to Improve Screening and Treatment Protocols

Because about four out of five patients who are diagnosed with sepsis experience the onset of symptoms at home or at another site in the community, hospital emergency departments are key points of entry and intervention. An emergency department’s preparedness to quickly recognize the symptoms of sepsis and begin treating a patient will often mean the difference between recovery, longterm disability, and death.

The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium released Advancing Sepsis Care in Emergency Medicine in April 2019, urging renewed emphasis on early identification and treatment of sepsis to help save lives and improve the health of patients affected by sepsis.


The Emergency Department Sepsis Protocols Task Force compiled this set of evidence-based best practices and tools to help emergency departments and satellite emergency facilities implement protocols that improve sepsis care.