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 immediate emergency 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 expression is my driving force!

     Fact is, Erin like so many others die primarily from failure to rescue, which is not treating properly complications that arise from 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 UTI and 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 must in 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 take responsibility for your own healthcare and that of your family! I have many doctors of my own and not because they are friends but because I know they are competent and they will treat   me to the best of their professional ability.

     I was told at her bedside that morning, " there are lot's of Erin's." I was stunned to find evidence later showing, 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 field as 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 people concerning 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: .

   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!




Battle Underway Getting Sepsis



What is CDC doing to prevent sepsis?

CDC works to prevent infections that could lead to sepsis through promotion of vaccination for diseases like pneumococcus and meningitis, smoking cessation programs to prevent community-acquired pneumonia, and strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Recently, CDC has begun projects specifically focused on sepsis prevention so that we can better understand the factors that contribute to sepsis, enhance prevention strategies, and save lives. CDC has worked with patient advocacy and consumer groups to educate the public, raise awareness and promote the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. CDC is working to implement strategies to increase sepsis awareness among the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare facilities. CDC



Global burden of sepsis in children.

Global data on sepsis in children are incomplete, but it is estimated that infection accounts for most deaths (almost 60%) in children aged under 5 years. The World Health Organization has stated that the four big causes of death in children worldwide are infectious diseases: pneumonia (1.9 million deaths/year), diarrhea (1.6 million deaths/year), malaria (1.1 million deaths/year), and measles (550 000 deaths/year). BMJ



What is Measles?

A virus causes measles. Measles is very contagious! The virus is easily spread from person to person. While measles may not be too dangerous, it can cause complications from ear infections to pneumonia. About 1 in 1000 people will die of measles complication (usually from an inflammation of the brain or pneumonia). Measles is most common late in winter and throughout the spring. Measles symptoms are clear. A fever will be present, followed by flu like symptoms (runny nose, coughing) before a rash develops. The most obvious sign of measles is the rash. A rash will be present all over the face, arms, neck, back and stomach. It can also be on the arms and legs. Luckily, most measles will go away in 5-7 days. Viven Health



Pneumonia can lead to sepsis and possible death.

The real danger in pneumonia is that it can turn into sepsis (the leading cause of death). People with pneumonia may have the following signs Difficulty breathing Fast breathing (breathing rate over 20 breaths per minute) Cough Pain in the chest Fever (temperature over 101 F or 38.3 C) Low blood oxygen levels Fast heart rate (over 90 beats per minute) If two or more of these symptoms are present, it is important to call your doctor or hospital immediately. You may have a dangerous condition called sepsis. Viven Health



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. SA



Sepsis does not discriminate based on age or health status.

Sepsis is most common in the elderly and immunocompromised, such as those with HIV, hepatitis, organ transplants, on chemotherapy, or taking steroids. However, it can affect healthy children and young adults from minor illnesses and injuries. Approximately 42,000 children in the United States develop severe sepsis each year, and 4,400 of them die. Young and previously healthy people are at a higher risk than elderly people for post-sepsis syndrome, which includes amputations, organ dysfunction, cognitive impairment, debilitating muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and PTSD. Be on the lookout for signs of sepsis in younger patients, as well as provider complacency while assessing them. EMS1



Sepsis recent resurgence, Ebola and MERS!

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. And now there is an out break of MERS ( Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) in South Korea. This is just another infectious bug where the end result could be death due to septic shock.



The financial cost of sepsis.

One form of the condition, severe sepsis with a major complication, was the second most frequently billed diagnosis submitted by hospitals to Medicare in 2013, with more than 398,000 cases, according to data released Monday from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s 15 percent more than in 2012 and 24 percent higher than in 2011, according to a Bloomberg analysis of the Medicare payments. Meanwhile, total payments for major joint replacements, the most commonly billed procedure, rose only 3.3 percent. The three sepsis-related codes the data accounted for about $7.2 billion of Medicare payments to hospitals, up 9.5 percent from the previous year. HT Health



If you die from Middle East Respiratory syndrome, you die from sepsis.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died. CNN



Sepsis risks skyrockets after a hospital visit!

Older adults are three times more likely to develop sepsis in the first three months after leaving a hospital than at any other time. Sepsis is a body-wide response to infection that can cause organ failure and death. The risk for sepsis is 30 percent higher for people whose original hospital stay involved care for any type of infection—and 70 percent higher for those who had a gut infection called Clostridium difficile. Those findings are from the first analysis of its kind and were published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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