In Memory Of...

It seems like yesterday that our healthy 23 year-old daughter, Erin, entered the hospital for elective surgery. Five days later she was gone. A victim of Sepsis.

 


About the Author

I'm Erin's dad, and solely responsible for the content in this section. I needed a non medical / non political/ differing view,area to express my opinions and that of others, so we can talk candidly about sepsis. Erin's death and many others are preventable!!!!!!! She not only died from Septic Shock but also MEDICAL MALPRACTICE! It is my opinion now that if medical personnel do not treat sepsis as a medical emergency, it is truly medical malpractice!!! I think the courts will find it that way also. I am told at least one half of the 258,000 people that die annually should not have happened. CURRENT Treatment is all about early recognition, appropriate immediateemergency care with correct antibiotics/fluids and possible surgery to eliminate the source of infection ASAP.

I was with Erin when she died. She had a look on her face that begged," Can't you do something, Dad"? That expressionis my driving force!

Fact is, Erin like so many others die primarily from failure to rescue, which is not treating properly complications that arisefrom another condition.Erin actually died from medical malpractice. Sepsis deaths are largely preventable. However, less that 37 percent of hospitals follow the best practices of sepsis care.Three years after Erin left us, I got sepsis from a UTIand truly believe I orchestrated my own survival, based on what I did not know to do for, My Bug, Erin! It was all about early recognition! You mustin control of your health care or have a healthcare advocate.
Be knowledgeable! Don't rely on others to save you or your loved one's. No one loves you or your loved ones, like you do!
You must takeresponsibility for your own healthcare and that of your family! I have manydoctors of my own and not because they are friends but becauseIknow they are competent andthey willtreat me to the best of their professionalability.

I was told at her bedside that morning, " there are lot's of Erin's." I was stunnedto findevidence latershowing, not only 258,000 deaths from sepsis every year in the U.S., but almost an equal number of deaths from medical errors
There are 18 million + deaths worldwide yearly from sepsis. It could be the#1 cause of death worldwide and few people have heard about this syndrome.
How Can this Be?
I'm not a physician, nor a sepsis expert, but I practiced in the health care fieldas an endodontist for 30 years, before retiring. I know the system of silence that exists in the health professions.There is no malpractice, if the standard of care is followed. We also know all of things don't work out, in spite of the best efforts.
The majority of blog material comes from the internet and my objective is to make sepsis understandable to the lay person. I also have met lot's of knowledgeable peopleconcerning sepsis and they have been a valuable resource to me.

So, if I can help you in anyway to find answers about sepsis, help you through a crisis situation or get you involved. please feel free to contact me via e-mail: flatc41@aol.com .

If you or a loved one is in crisis concerning sepsis and not getting answers, feel free to call my cell at anytime; Carl Flatley : (727) 460-7765.

I am not a or sepsis expert or physician, but I know some!

 


B.U.G.S.
Battle Underway Getting Sepsis

 

     5/25/15

Current sepsis reality 2015.

 
Concerning sepsis 2015, an unavoidable if uncomfortable truth is that despite many hundreds of clinical trials, involving tens of thousands of patients, and costing hundreds of millions of dollars, not one so-called novel drug has come to the market and passed the test of time by being incorporated into routine clinical practice. A breakthrough will occur. In the meantime, early recognition of the condition remains our best chance of beating sepsis. Irish Times! EARLY RECOGNITION!!!!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

 

     5/25/15

Vitalswatch App summary!

 
Seek a sepsis screening if;;; Body temperature is above 101 F (38.3 C) or below 96.8 F (36 C)! Heart rate is higher than 90 beats a minute! Respiratory rate is higher than 20 breaths a minute and there is a probable or confirmed infection. REMEMBER "TPR".

 

     5/19/15

What Are the Symptoms of Sepsis in Children?

 
What Are the Symptoms of Sepsis in Children? According to MedLine Plus, part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, signs and symptoms of neonatal sepsis are: Body temperature changes Breathing problems Diarrhea Low blood sugar Reduced movements Reduced sucking Seizures Slow heart rate Swollen belly Vomiting Yellow skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) In general, signs of sepsis in children include: High fever (above 100.4 degrees) General illness or a previous injury, such as a scrape or cut Shortness of breath Very rapid heart beat Drop in or no urine output People who have survived sepsis often say that they felt the worst they ever felt in their life. For example, they had the worst sore throat of their life, the worst stomach pain, etc. Best rule of thumb? When in doubt, check with your doctor or bring your child to the emergency for evaluation. Sepsis Alliance

 

     5/16/15

How is Sepsis Treated?

 
How Is Sepsis Treated? Sepsis can progress to septic shock and death if it is not treated quickly. The earlier sepsis is diagnosed and treated, the more likely you are to survive. Doctors use a number of medications to treat sepsis, including: antibiotics via IV (to fight infection) vasoactive medications (to help to increase blood pressure) insulin (for blood sugar stability) corticosteroids (to help with inflammation) painkillers Severe sepsis cases may also require large amounts of IV fluids and a respirator for breathing. If the kidneys are affected due to sepsis, dialysis might also be necessary. Kidneys help filter harmful wastes, salt, and excess water from the blood. In dialysis, a machine performs these functions. In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove a source of infection, such as draining a pus-filled abscess or removing infected tissue. Healthline

 

     5/15/15

How is Sepsis Diagnosed?

 
How is Sepsis Diagnosed? If you have symptoms of sepsis, your doctor will perform certain tests to make a diagnosis and determine the severity of your infection. One of the first and easiest tests is a blood test. Your blood will be tested to see if there are any of the following complications present: infection problems clotting abnormal liver or kidney function decreased amount of oxygen electrolyte imbalance (electrolytes are minerals that affect the amount of water in your body as well as the acidity of your blood) Depending on your symptoms and the results of a blood test, other tests may be ordered, including: urine test (to see if bacteria are present) wound secretion test (if you have an open wound that looks infected) mucus secretion test (to see what type of germ is behind the infection) In cases where the source of the infection is not clear from the tests above, a doctor might want to get an internal view of your body using one of the following: X-rays to view the lungs CT scans (also called computed tomography) to view possible infections in the appendix, pancreas, or bowel area ultrasounds to view infections in the gallbladder or ovaries MRI, which can identify soft tissue infections Healthline

 

     4/22/15

Listeria meningitis

 
This severe form of meningitis is caused by food contaminated with Listeria bacteria. Past outbreaks have been caused by smoked salmon, soft cheese, raw milk, raw milk cheese (even hard varieties like gouda), sprouts, deli meat and prepackaged caramel apples. P. O. Attns.

 

     4/22/15

NIH sepsis fact sheet.

 
More than a million Americans suffer from sepsis every year. It's a complication that occurs after advanced infection. Infection-fighting agents in the blood cause the whole body to become inflamed. Severe cases can lead to septic shock, where the inflamed tissue causes blood clots that keep oxygen from getting to vital organs. This can cause organ failure and a deadly drop in blood pressure. Sepsis and septic shock kill one in four people who develop it. Symptoms include a high fever (above 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and increased breathing and heart rate. As the illness becomes more severe, the patient may experience chills, problems breathing, patches of discolored skin, and unconsciousness. It's usually diagnosed by a blood test, though it can be diagnosed many other ways depending on the underlying infection. Possible treatments for sepsis include infection-fighting medication, large amounts of IV fluid, and, in some cases, surgery. Those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly or sick ICU patients, are more at risk to get sepsis.

 

     4/18/15

The Mayo Clinic says:

 
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail. If sepsis progresses to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically, which may lead to death. Anyone can develop sepsis, but it's most common and most dangerous in older adults or those with weakened immune systems. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.

 

     4/8/15

Sepsis Resurgence

 
RECENT RESURGENCE: According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis has been increasing in the U.S. This may be due to an aging population or drug-resistant bacteria. Cancer treatments, HIV, and transplant drugs may mean that more Americans are living with weakened immune systems. Sepsis is also part of the danger of Ebola. Many Ebola patients die after going into septic shock from the ebolavirus. Because there is no treatment available, one of the primary concerns of physicians treating Ebola patients is to keep the patient from going into septic shock. The first case in North America was seen in September of last year. The man died after developing sepsis. (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sepsis/basics/causes/con-20031900, http://www.sepsisalliance.org/sepsis_and/ebola/)

 

     4/4/15

Dry gangrene

 
Dry gangrene, if it does not become infected and progress to wet gangrene, usually does not cause sepsis or cause the patient to die. However, it can result in local tissue death with the tissue eventually being sloughed off. Usually, the progression of dry gangrene is much slower (days to months) than wet gangrene because the vascular compromise slowly develops due to the progression of diseases that can result in local arterial blockage over time. The stages are similar to wet gangrene (see above), except there is no infection, pus, wetness, or crackly-feeling skin because there is no gas production in the uninfected tissue. There are many diseases that may lead to dry gangrene; the most common are diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and tobacco addiction (smoking). Infrequently, dry gangrene can occur quickly, over a few hours to days, when a rapid arterial blockage occurs (for example, an arterial blood clot suddenly occludes a small artery to a toe). Dry gangrene often produces cool, dry, and discolored appendages (sometimes termed "mummified") with no oozing fluid or pus, hence the term "dry." Medicinenet.com

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