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



How can I prevent an infection / sepsis

In addition to receiving treatment from your doctor, the following suggestions can help reduce your risk for getting an infection: • Wash your hands often and ask others around you to do the same. • Avoid crowded places and people who are sick. • Talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot or other vaccinations. • Take a bath or shower every day (unless told otherwise). • Use an unscented lotion to try to keep your skin from getting dry or cracked. • Clean your teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush. • Use a mouthwash to prevent mouth sores (if your doctor recommends one). • Do not share food, drink cups, utensils or other personal items, such as toothbrushes. Cook meat and eggs all the way through to kill any germs. • Carefully wash raw fruits and vegetables. • Protect your skin from direct contact with pet bodily waste (urine or feces). • Wash your hands immediately after touching an animal or removing its waste, even after wearing gloves. • Use gloves for gardening.



What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

Sepsis is a bad outcome from an infection. There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is, rather, a combination of symptoms. Symptoms can include ANY of the following: S Shivering, fever, or very cold E Extreme pain or general discomfort (‘worst ever”) P Pale or discolored skin S Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused I “I feel like I might die” S Short of breath



Treat sepsis as soon as possible.

Steve Okhravi, MD, founder of New York City health practice and urgent care center Emergency Medical Care, says "The only way to prevent sepsis is to recognize it early and aggressively treat it…The method I've used in emergency departments for early detection were to not wait for the results of chest X-rays or cultures to determine sepsis, but to look at fever (anything above 100.4 degrees), heart rate (above 105 beats per minute), blood pressure (systolic pressure lower than 90), oxygen saturation levels (below 95 percent) and confusion. If any of these symptoms are present, we start antibiotic treatment right away. Waiting for results from other exams could allow the body to go into shock. It's important to note that New York state mandates hospital to have an ED protocol to treat sepsis as soon as possible. I don't often agree with regulations like these but, in this case, the mandate was necessary to help save lives. The mandate provided hospitals with concrete guidelines, while still allowing each facility to modify the protocols to meet their individual needs."



Group B Strep!

Most group B Strep infections in newborn babies are preventable yet, on average in the UK: One newborn baby a day develops group B Strep infection One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities – physical, mental, or both Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies and the leading cause of meningitis in babies under three months. The rate of group B Strep infection in newborn babies in the UK has not fallen over the past 10 years, despite well-implemented risk-based prevention guidelines. GBSS




It has been said that at least 0ne-half of the 258,000 annual U. S. victims would survive if antibiotics and fluids had been given in that first hour. You can see, it is critical that you do not delay seeking help when you recognize the early signs, an increased TPR ( temperature, pulse, respirations ) plus a suspected infection). As mentioned , you have an 80% chance of survival if treated in the first hour, but if that is delayed for 6 hours, your chances are only 30%. Every hour of delay increases your mortality by 8%. It would be helpful to keep a diary of your measurements as you fight any infection; burns, flu, pnemonia, etc. When you see abnormal signs and elevations of these vitals , you need to call your doctor, call 911 or go to the ER to be screened for sepsis Sepsiswatch



Vaccinations and Sepsis!

Vaccinations for childhood diseases begin in infancy, but children aren't fully vaccinated against the common childhood illnesses until they are 3 years old. This puts them at risk for catching these illnesses, which can lead to secondary infections, such as infected scratches in a child with chicken pox, or pneumonia from whooping cough. SA



Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for #sepsis?

I am honored to be a finalist for this award that may mean 100K to the Sepsis Alliance. Please see; Vote daily till Dec. 4th. You also might win an official Nascar helmet signed by the Sprint drivers.



Sepsis according to Harvard!

Sepsis is a bloodstream infection caused by an uncontrolled spread of pathogens and release of toxins that can lead to systemic inflammation and multi-organ failure. Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital deaths and kills at least eight million people worldwide each year. Current treatment is to administer patients broad-spectrum antibiotics because there is often not enough time to identify the specific cause of infection. Diagnosis takes two to five days and every hour one waits can increase the risk of death by 5-9%.



You can get PTSD from sepsis.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD? PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger. NIMH



Medicare to fight sepsis.

Sepsis is the biggest, deadliest, costliest bug in U.S. hospitals. That helps explain why, beginning Oct. 1, 2015Medicare will require hospitals across the nation to follow a standard treatment for sepsis – or lose money the following year if they don’t. CHF

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