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: .

   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



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 will be awarded in three categories.



According to wfpiccs!

Sepsis is common and carries a high risk of death and long-term complications Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care. Sepsis, which is often misunderstood by the public as “blood-poisoning” is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Between one third and one half of patients with sepsis die.



Modern medicine saves lives, but increases the risk of sepsis.

Many of the advances in modern medicine actually weaken our immune system, paving the way for severe illnesses like sepsis. These include cancer-fighting (chemotherapeutic) agents; some medicines used to treat severe rheumatism, gastro-intestinal illnesses, or to suppress the body's rejection of a new organ following an organ transplant; as well as long-term use of medicines that weaken the immune system, like cortisone. People with diabetes or chronic liver or kidney diseases are also at greater risk. In addition, more and more older people are having major operations, which further weaken their immune systems and put them at risk of developing infections and sepsis. WSD



Dartmouth on sepsis.

Sepsis is the leading cause of deaths in U.S. hospitals. It affects nearly one million patients and costs an estimated $20 billion to treat annually. Beyond being deadly, sepsis is notoriously difficult to detect and treat. It often mimics other illnesses, such as the flu. Defined as a whole-body inflammation caused by infection, sepsis can progress very quickly, setting off a reaction that can lead to shock, organ failure and death.



Sepsis negligence can occur!

Both a delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to sepsis worsening and a risk of septic shock, organ failure or death. “As a result of problems with vital organs, people with severe sepsis are likely to be very ill and up to four in every 10 people with the condition will die. Septic shock is even more serious, with an estimated five in every 10 cases proving fatal” says Dr Daniels. If I have been affected by sepsis – who can I talk to? “Although many patients return to a normal life, those who survive sepsis may experience longstanding physical effects, and some suffer from psychological difficulties resulting from their prolonged illness”, says Dr Daniels. The UK Sepsis Trust and Sepsis Alliance offers support to patients and their families affected by the condition.



Dr. Daniels Sepsis Six!

Dr Daniels advises healthcare professionals to undertake ‘The Sepsis Six’, six simple steps which, if taken in the first hour, can double a patient’s chance of survival. The Sepsis Six are: Administer oxygen Test the blood for infection Give antibiotics Give IV fluids Measure serum lactate (lactic acid in the blood) and hemoglobin (the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen) Measure hourly urine output



Antibiotics in Sepsis.

In severe sepsis and septic shock, broad-spectrum antibiotics are recommended within 1 hour of making the diagnosis. For every hour delay in the administration, there is an associated 6% rise in mortality.[20] Antibiotic regimens should be reassessed daily and narrowed if appropriate.Duration of treatment is typically 7–10 days with the type of antibiotic used directed by the results of cultures. Wiki



Sepsis: managing the systemic response.

Sepsis is one of the most common reasons for critically ill patients to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). Patients with severe sepsis requiring ICU care have very high rates of overall hospital mortality, with estimates ranging from 18% to 50%, but mortality has tended to fall over the past 12 years, presumably as a consequence of improved overall recognition and care. Associated morbidity is also very high. Risk factors for death from sepsis include underlying illness, increased age, and multi-system organ failure. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign was launched in 2002 as a collaboration between the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). The aim was to reduce mortality from sepsis and septic shock around the world by standardizing care on the basis of data from clinical trials. The Campaign's current guidelines underscore the need for early recognition of sepsis, appropriate cultures to identify the infecting organisms, early use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and appropriate and often aggressive resuscitation efforts, followed by a programmatic longer-term management approach aimed at avoiding complications of critical illness and its treatment. Medscape



C-diff vs Ebola.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) – is linked to more than 400,000 infections and 14,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. And yet, most Americans have never heard of it. C. diff is a common cause of diarrhea and death for hospitalized patients in this country. It is 25 times more prevalent in the U.S. than Ebola is worldwide. However, a Google News search for “C. diff” returned just 1,370 results since late September, less than 0.1 percent of the Ebola coverage. This disparity in coverage can be partly explained by the newness of Ebola in the U.S., combined with the high mortality rate overseas. FORBES In both diseases, the patients die from sepsis!



Sepsis in burn patients.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death among patients with major burns - those affecting more than 20 percent of body surface - with a mortality rate of 30 percent. It has been calculated that every 6 hours of delay in a sepsis diagnosis decreases the chances of survival by 10 percent. Since the symptoms of sepsis are similar to those of the systemic inflammation that occurs in almost every serious burn patient, diagnosing sepsis relies on culturing bacteria from the blood, a process that takes 12 to 24 hours. Medicalxpress

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