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 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



How to avoid contracting EV-D68: Enterovirus

Wash your own and your child's hands often with soap and warm water 5 or 6 times a day (there is some evidence that hand washing is better than alcohol hand sanitizers at killing enteroviruses). Wash for at least 20 seconds. Children should sing their ABCs or "Happy Birthday" twice in a row while washing their hands to ensure the proper length in time. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and remind children to keep their hands away from their faces. Asthma management is particularly important at this time of year. Ensure your child is taking the appropriate medications as prescribed by your child's doctor. It is the important that parents have a current Asthma Action Plan for children with asthma. Clean surfaces often, including toys, doorknobs, phone receivers, and keyboards. Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. If fever is present, stay home while sick and for at least one day after the fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Seek medical help right away for a child with asthma who is having trouble breathing or suffers worsening respiratory symptoms that do not improve as expected with their usual medicines. Get a flu shot today! CDC



What is the recovery time from sepsis?

Not everyone who develops sepsis will survive. Death rates are high, with 20 percent for sepsis, 40 percent for severe sepsis and more than 60 percent for septic shock. A patient with mild sepsis will need about two weeks to a month to fully recover. People who survive septic shock will need more time, usually between four and six months, before they recover, although they might never fully recover. Septic shock can cause lasting kidney or liver damage. The person also might have blood clots, and in some cases, patients with septic shock lose their fingers or toes. Patients recovering from sepsis are thought to be at an increased risk to develop Clostridium difficile disease, or C-diff, which can cause diarrhea and serious intestinal issues. The antibiotics used to treat sepsis can kill off a person’s normal gut bacteria, which can then allow for C-diff to take over in the large intestine and cause a serious infection. NewsOK



Annoucements following the first RSF Sepsis Forum

The following announcements were made: First ever Congressional Sepsis Caucus in the House of Representatives will be established. Introduction of sepsis legislation in the House of Representatives-the legislation to be known as the Rory Staunton Coordination, Awareness, Research, Education (CARE) Act. A call for the appointment by HHS of an individual to serve as the key person on sepsis (“sepsis czar”). September to become a National Sepsis Awareness Month. A challenge to CDC to allocate money to sepsis education and prevention. A commitment from CMS to continue to expand their work on sepsis protocol implementation Rory Regulations to be implemented in more states.



Sepsis lessons from Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Diane Craig and her colleagues in Santa Clara had spent several years working on a medical condition called sepsis, a bloodstream infection that kills 210,000 Americans each year. She realized that reducing the death rate required physicians to order specific tests and begin aggressive treatment very early on. At the time, this approach was considered risky by some clinicians. But her solutions proved successful. Sepsis deaths declined in her medical center. By summer 2012, all 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California had adopted sepsis protocols and drove sepsis mortality rates 28 percent below the national average. Dr. Kevin



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Cancer and sepsis.

Cancer patients who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities, or from health care settings. One out of every 10 cancer patients who receives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.



If possible, go to a hospital that sees lots of sepsis patients.

Patients with sepsis are more likely to survive the life-threatening condition when treated at a hospital that sees a higher volume of sepsis cases, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study’s results provide preliminary support for the idea that severe sepsis patients may benefit from treatment at higher-volume specialty centers. SSC



Treat sepsis early – save lives

“Rapid initiation of simple, timely interventions, including antimicrobials and intravenous fluids, can reduce the risk of death by half. Patients with suspected sepsis should be referred immediately to an appropriate facility. Early sepsis treatment is cost effective, and reduces the number of hospital and critical care bed days for patients” - See more at:



Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundles.

A bundle is a selected set of elements of care distilled from evidence-based practice guidelines that, when implemented as a group, have an effect on outcomes beyond implementing the individual elements alone. Using bundles simplifies the complex processes of the care of patients with severe sepsis. Bundles are an important part of the sepsis management guideline because diffusion of knowledge from bench to bedside tends to be very slow. In fact, studies have shown that the perception vs practice gap is significant. Evidence-based bundles can improve outcomes.



CDC: Who gets sepsis?

Anyone can get sepsis, but the risk is higher in: people with weakened immune systems infants and children elderly people people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and kidney or liver disease people suffering from a severe burn or physical trauma

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