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. 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: 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

 

     1/27/15

Why Immunize?

 
The #1 reason is because if you don't, you could get sepsis and DIE! #2 is diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations. It's true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating. It's much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, "Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax." But the leak hasn't stopped. Before long we'd notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started. CDC

 

     1/27/15

Global Sepsis Awards.

 
Sepsis affects 30 million people and causes over 8 million deaths each year. The Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Sepsis Day supporters are working to achieve the goal of reducing the number of sepsis cases by 20% and improve survival by 10% by the year 2020. Consistent with this goal and the further aims of the World Sepsis Declaration, the Global Sepsis Alliance announces the ”Global Sepsis Awards”, recognizing major achievements of representatives of governments, organizations, and individuals. The Global Sepsis Awards are sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation and are awarded in three categories: 1) Representatives of governments and health care authorities who have made important contributions to reduce the death toll from sepsis by originating or endorsing effective sepsis initiatives and programs on a national or global level. These will be honoured with a recognition plaque. 2) Nongovernmental organization and patient advocate groups or healthcare provider groups that have contributed to the reduction of the burden of sepsis by increasing sepsis awareness and/or initiating quality improvement programs for sepsis prevention and management on the local, regional, national or international level. This honour includes a monetary award of 6000 US-Dollars. 3) Individual nominees with excellent work whose exemplary work has contributed to sustainable changes in practices or programs for sepsis prevention, early recognition, treatment, or rehabilitation from long term consequences of sepsis. This honour includes a monetary award of 4000 US-Dollars. The deadline for applications is February 15th 2015.

 

     1/25/15

Results from CC Forum study.

 
Sepsis is known to have a high, shorter-term mortality; this high mortality seems to continue for up to five years after severe sepsis. • Quality of life is known to be poor in the years after critical care admission and we have demonstrated similar patterns of QOL deficit after severe sepsis. • The majority of severe sepsis survivors were satisfied with their current QOL and all patients would be willing to be treated in an ICU again if they become critically ill despite many having unpleasant memories and recall of ICU events.

 

     1/25/15

Mortality and quality of life after 5 years from sever sepsis.

 
Patients with severe sepsis have a high ongoing mortality after severe sepsis with only 61% surviving five years. They also have a significantly lower physical QOL compared to the population norm but mental QOL scores were only slightly below population norms up to five years after severe sepsis. Mortality and QOL outcomes were broadly similar to other critically ill cohorts throughout the five years of follow-up. These data need to be considered when evaluating longer-term outcomes and when considering the cost-effectiveness of care in this patient group. CCare.

 

     1/25/15

When to call the doctor during cold and flu season.

 
"Let's say one feels some nasal congestion, and achy, like a cold or upper respiratory illness they'd had many times before, or a low-grade temperature of 99 or 100 F, and otherwise they're up and around and able to drink fluids: That would not call for going to the emergency department," Dr. Peters says. "But, if one was not able to take fluids, became more sleepy and lethargic and was lying down all day, and starting to look quite ill or appearing confused, for example -- that person should definitely be seen by a doctor."

 

     1/25/15

I am proud to be an Ambassador to WSD.

 
"As a leading cause of death in the US, I am dedicated to get the word out to the public and health care givers / facilities throughout the States. Amazingly, only 4 out of 10 Americans has heard the word sepsis. When you see estimates of 10's of millions dying worldwide annually, the unknown number of disabilities / amputations, and suffering for survivors, all of us globally need to be united behind the GSA and the WSD events to " speak in one voice" ...” c.flatley

 

     1/25/15

CAPHC; treatment of sepsis.

 
Medications such as antibiotics are prescribed by your doctor based on the type of bug causing the infection. The medication is injected into a vein by intravenous (IV) to get into the blood system quickly. Extra fluids are also given to help keep the blood pressure from being dangerously low. Extra fluids are given directly into the vein by an IV drip. A child/infant with severe sepsis may require close monitoring and specialized medications. This may involve being transferred to an intensive care unit, where there are high levels of specialized nursing and medical care.

 

     1/23/15

What is the prognosis (outcome) with sepsis?

 
The prognosis of patients with sepsis is related to the severity or stage of sepsis as well as to the underlying health status of the patient. For example, patients with sepsis and no ongoing sign of organ failure at the time of diagnosis have about a 15%-30% chance of death. Patients with severe sepsis or septic shock have a mortality (death) rate of about 40%-60%, with the elderly having the highest death rates. Newborns and pediatric patients with sepsis have about a 9%-36% mortality rate. Investigators have developed a scoring system (MEDS score) based on the patient's symptoms to estimate prognosis. MedicineNet.com

 

     1/23/15

CDC on sepsis.

 
“Sepsis can be devastating to patients and their families. Even survivors of sepsis can suffer life-long impacts of their illness. While we need to increase awareness and early detection of sepsis to protect patients and save lives, we also need to understand the causes of sepsis so that we can prevent it whenever possible.” Dr. Tom Frieden, Director Center for Disease Control, USA, Ambassador to WSD. I am proud to also be an Ambassador to WSD. The Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation is also a financial supporter of WSD.

 

     1/23/15

The Global Sepsis Awards.

 
The Global Sepsis Awards are launched by the Global Sepsis Alliance and sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation. The awards recognize major achievements of governments, organizations and individuals, consistent with the aims of the World Sepsis Declaration and the World Sepsis Day movement. The goal of the Global Sepsis Alliance is that by 2020, the incidence of sepsis will have decreased by at least 20% and that survival rates from sepsis for children (including neonates) and adults will have improved by a further 10% from their levels at 2012. Currently sepsis is estimated to affect 30 million people, resulting in 8 million deaths, each year. The best medical centers have doubled patients’ chances of survival, simply by recognizing the condition and responding rapidly. However, to date only 10-30% of patients with sepsis receive excellent care. To prevent sepsis and to provide optimal care everywhere in the world requires joint efforts by health care providers, health care authorities, national governments, and the World Health Organization. A better understanding by the public of sepsis as the final common pathway of illness due to infection is also essential to drive improvement.

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