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: 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

 

     11/20/14

A sepsis app for laypeople.

 
My daughters' ( ERIN ) foundation has sponsored and had produced an app for the non-medical person. It is designed to educate people about sepsis and the early signs to look for, " So More Survive". It is called, " vitalswatch" and is in both the IOS and Android platform, It will work on all phones and tablets. It is presently being translated into 4 other languages. Please share with all you love and know. It is free and is Erins way to protect others from something that is largely preventable. Make no mistake, MANY are dying from sepsis , MANY are becoming disabled and MANY relatives of victims are forever crushed, because their loved ones were not treated timely and aggressively! https://play.google.com/store/search?q=vitalswatch%20app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vitals-watch/id896496002?mt=8

 

     11/17/14

Sepsis linked to half of all hospital deaths.

 
If you had to guess the condition linked to half of all hospital deaths, what would you say? Heart attack? Cancer? The answer, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is sepsis. The condition was present in 35 to 52 percent of inpatients who died in more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals in 2010, the study finds. Sepsis kills more than one in four people who suffer from it, according to the National Institutes of Health. Anyone can get it, but children and the elderly are most vulnerable. FOX News

 

     11/14/14

What is sepsis.

 
Sepsis is an illness that affects all parts of the body that can happen in response to an infection and can quickly become life-threatening. In severe cases of sepsis, one or more organs fail. In the worst cases, sepsis causes the blood pressure to drop and the heart to weaken, leading to septic shock. Once this happens, multiple organs may quickly fail and the patient can die. Sepsis is a serious illness that is very difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment. CVM

 

     11/14/14

The cost of sepsis.

 
Treatment for sepsis often involves a prolonged stay in the ICU, requiring complex therapies costing the US health system over $5,000 per patient/day, or $20 billion/year. Globally, sepsis is estimated to exceed costs of $90 billion/year. Even worse, the mortality rate for sepsis is approximately 35% ó higher in developing countries ó with patients who survive often struggling with physical impairment, muscle and nerve damage, cognitive changes and chronic organ failure. Forbes

 

     11/14/14

Pediatric sepsis.

 
Pediatric fever can be a benign symptom of common childhood illness. But what about when it isnít? When bacterial or viral infection triggers Systemic Inflammatory Disease Syndrome (SIRS) itís known as pediatric sepsis. In the United States each year there are approximately 430,000 cases of pediatric sepsis, approximately 10% of which are considered pediatric severe sepsis. Of these, approximately 4,300 children die each year, often due to missed or delayed diagnosis. RD

 

     11/14/14

Sepsis is a continuim.

 
Sepsis is a potentially fatal whole-body inflammation (a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection. Sepsis can continue even after the infection that caused it is gone. Severe sepsis is sepsis complicated by organ dysfunction. Septic shock is sepsis complicated by a high lactate level or by shock that does not improve after fluid resuscitation. Bacteremia is the presence of viable bacteria in the blood. The terms septicemia and blood poisoning, referring to the presence of microorganisms or their toxins in the blood, are no longer used by the consensus committee. MMRR

 

     11/14/14

Sepsis cases increasing.

 
Sepsis cases continue to rise in the developed world at a rate of 8ó13% annually, and although this could be due to heightened awareness and changing coding practices, the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more invasive medical procedures, and an ageing population, means that improving care of patients with sepsis is challenging but vital. High quality research in this area and the quick response from leading committees to this evidence is crucial to tackle this growing problem and help unravel the mystery of sepsis. Lancet

 

     11/13/14

Definition of Pneumonia

 
Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. The infection can be only in one lung, or it can be in both. There are several causes of pneumonia but the most common are: Bacteria Virus Fungus Left untreated, pneumonia can be deadly. In the days before antibiotics, itís estimated that about one-third of those who developed bacterial pneumonia died. SA

 

     10/30/14

Prognosis of MRSA infections.

 
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the outcome (prognosis) of MRSA infection varies according to the severity of the infection and the general condition of the person who has the infection. People with good general health who have mild CA-MRSA that is appropriately treated recover in almost every case. Mild skin infections and even some moderate infections (boils, small abscess) can have an excellent prognosis if treated early and effectively. Other more serious or extensive MRSA infections have a range of prognoses (outcomes) from good to poor. MRSA pneumonia and sepsis (blood poisoning) have high death rates; the calculated death rate of invasive MRSA is about 20%. e-medicine

 

     10/30/14

Prognosis of MRSA infections.

 
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the outcome (prognosis) of MRSA infection varies according to the severity of the infection and the general condition of the person who has the infection. People with good general health who have mild CA-MRSA that is appropriately treated recover in almost every case. Mild skin infections and even some moderate infections (boils, small abscess) can have an excellent prognosis if treated early and effectively. Other more serious or extensive MRSA infections have a range of prognoses (outcomes) from good to poor. MRSA pneumonia and sepsis (blood poisoning) have high death rates; the calculated death rate of invasive MRSA is about 20%. e-medicine

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