Sepsis and EMS Survey

Executive Summary

The goal of this research is to understand the prevalence of sepsis encounters among EMS practitioners, their awareness level of different aspects of sepsis and the education they receive regarding sepsis.

  • With sepsis being one of the leading causes of death, only 52% are very confident in their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
  • While nearly all (98%) consider sepsis a medical emergency, just 61% are very aware of sepsis symptoms.
  • While sepsis is one of the leading causes of death, 20% of EMS practitioners state their organization does not have a sepsis-specific protocol and 14% indicate their system does not receive any support for this protocol. In addition, more than 1/3 of EMS practitioners state sepsis isn’t a key priority in their organization.
  • When looking for sources of information regarding sepsis, EMS practitioners utilize EMS Associations, their own facility, CDC, NIH and other medical organizations.


  • This survey was conducted online within the United States by a partnership between Sepsis Alliance and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The surveys were conducted from January 17 – 29, 2019. 1,310 adults ages 18 and older who have a primary role in EMS and provides direct patient care completed the survey.
  • The sample utilized for the online survey was the NAEMT membership list.

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