Can pre-hospital administration reduce time to initial antibiotic therapy in septic patients?

on behalf of the ARISE Investigators

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Abstract

Objective: To quantify the potential time saved with pre-hospital antibiotic therapy in sepsis. Methods: Study data for adult patients transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV), and enrolled into the Australasian Resuscitation In Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE), were linked with pre-hospital electronic records. Results: An AV record was identified for 240 of 341 ARISE patients. The pre-hospital case notes referred to potential infection in 165 patients. The median time to first antibiotic administration from loading the patient into the ambulance was 107 (74–160) min. Conclusions: ARISE patients in Victoria were frequently identified pre-hospital. An opportunity exists to study the feasibility of pre-hospital antibiotic therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-672
Number of pages4
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • antibiotics
  • out of hospital
  • pre-hospital
  • sepsis
  • sepsis management

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