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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 was preventable!!!!!!! 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 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. 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



Sepsis explained by Emcare.

As is the case with most diseases, early detection and treatment is the cornerstone to improving patient outcomes. A higher index of suspicion for early sepsis must be employed especially for those on either end of the age spectrum. There is no one specific sign of early sepsis; however, common findings of fever, tachycardia, tachypnea and hypotension, if not addressed, can lead to development and/or worsening of SIRS. If undiagnosed or inadequately treated, the inflammatory cascade will likely continue resulting in end organ damage and possibly organ failure and death. Aggressive fluid resuscitation, oxygenation and ventilation, the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and continuous monitoring (invasive if indicated in an ICU setting) will help mitigate further extension and help improve outcomes.



The Intensive Care Unit Support Teams for Ex-Patients (ICUsteps)

ICUsteps was founded in 2005 by ex-patients, their relatives and ICU staff to support patients and their families through the long road to recovery from critical illness. Our aims are to: support patients and relatives affected by critical illness, promote recognition of the physical and psychological consequences of critical illness through education of the medical profession and the general public, and encourage research into treatment and the prevention of these issues. ICUsteps is the United Kingdom's only support group for people who have been affected by critical illness and has helped many former patients, their relatives and medical staff from organisations around the world.



Global Sepsis Alliance sepsis facts.

*Sepsis affects over 26 million people worldwide each year. One third die *It is the largest killer of children and new-born infants in the world *Sepsis is increasing at an annual rate of 8-13% Sepsis is a life-threatening illness arising from the body’s response to infection. More common than heart attacks, and more deadly than stroke, sepsis strikes with devastating ferocity in all countries, and is the leading cause of maternal death. Sepsis respects no age, race, gender, or economic status. Sepsis kills far more people than AIDS, and requires a global fight of equal magnitude. GSA



UK Sepsis Trust; What is sepsis?

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites. Sepsis can be caused by a huge variety of different bugs, most cases being caused by common bacteria which we all come into contact with every day without them making us ill. Sometimes, though, the body responds abnormally to these infections, and causes sepsis. UK S.T.



Deliveries and sepsis.

All types of deliveries requiring operations were risk factors for severe sepsis. These were: operative vaginal delivery pre-labour caesarean section caesarean section after the onset of labour Risk factors for developing septic shock were: multiple pregnancy group A streptococcus Beckers



Early alert for laypeople to possible sepsis.

REMEMBER : TPR ( as nurses call it ). Be concerned if; Temperature: higher that 101 degrees or lower than 97 Pulse: above 90 beats per minute ( bpm) Respirations: above 20 breaths per minute You only need a thermometer and a watch with a second hand to measure these. Using a blood pressure cuff also is something to track and share with your healthcare providers. If you have 2 of 3 of these, along with an infection, trauma or the flu; call your doctor or go to the ER. Tell everyone ; "You are concerned about sepsis and would like to be tested for it. Might be a good time to ask if the hospital has a sepsis protocol? SPEAK UP respectfully.



Sepsis: Rapid diagnosis is key.

Sepsis is the most expensive condition to treat in the U.S. and is one of the deadliest diseases. Delayed identification of the causative pathogen(s) and associated drug resistance can hinder effective treatment and worsen the patient outcome. Rapid identification of these pathogens provides vital information for clinicians to determine the optimal treatment for their patients. Effective implementation of rapid, multiplex diagnostics for sepsis is associated with improved patient outcomes, improved antimicrobial stewardship, improved infection control and reduced healthcare costs. Nanosphere



Detroit Free Press.

Today, in the United States, more than half of all hospital deaths are from something that most people have never heard of: severe sepsis. That is the medical term for an overwhelming infection. Many more people die of sepsis than die of prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. From 2000 through 2010, deaths from sepsis increased by 17% while deaths from other causes, such as heart disease and cancer, declined. Indeed, the rise in hospital deaths from sepsis is in part because of a decline in the death rate from these other diseases: people are surviving other serious diseases, but in a weakened condition that makes them more vulnerable to sepsis. Today’s challenge is to do more to recognize and treat sepsis earlier — when it is most treatable.



Septic Shock

Septic shock occurs most often in the very old and the very young. It also occurs in people who have other illnesses, especially if they have a weakened immune system. Any type of bacteria can cause septic shock. Fungi and (rarely) viruses may also cause the condition. Toxins released by the bacteria or fungi may cause tissue damage, and may lead to low blood pressure and poor organ function. Some researchers think that blood clots in small arteries cause the lack of blood flow and poor organ function. The body also produces a strong inflammatory response to the toxins. This inflammation may contribute to organ damage. Medline



Sepsis Definition and Symptoms

Sepsis is when the body has a very severe reaction to bacteria, virus, or other germs. Chemicals that are released into the bloodstream to fight off the infection trigger inflammation throughout the body, which can be very dangerous even fatal. Symptoms that an infection has gone septic are fever about 101.3 F or below 95 F, respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths a minute, rapid heart beat, sudden change in mental status, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, and decreased output of urine.

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