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



5 key sepsis points for nurses.

* Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospital patients worldwide * Patients with severe sepsis will not respond to fluid replacement * Sepsis can be identified during routine observations so nurses play a vital role in spotting symptoms * All patients with sepsis should have a management plan that includes level of observation, review schedule and an escalation plan * Clear guidance on identification and evidence-based interventions is available to support effective and safe care Nursing Times



Sepsis critical facts.

• Sepsis is the 3rd leading cause of death Sepsis kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined • A new case of sepsis occurs in the U.S. every 20 seconds, someone dies every 2 minutes • Mortality increases 8% every hour that treatment is delayed • Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals • Sepsis takes more children’s lives than cancer • Just 44% of U.S. adults have heard of sepsis . SA



Sepsis is preventable!

Unfortunately, there is little margin for error when diagnosing critically ill patients, and preventable delays can be life-threatening. The chance of survival decreases approximately 12 percent each hour treatment is delayed. However, the ability to rapidly administer the correct antibiotic has the potential to cut the risk of death in half. Experts believe there is a “golden hour” during which effective antimicrobial therapy can improve patient outcomes in septic shock. MedTechView



Symptoms of sepsis.

As Dr. Jim O'Brian of The Ohio State says; no new therapeutics are needed to save 10's of thousands; just early recognition and fluids / antibiotics within 1 hour. Half the lives being lost could be saved. A paper out today says 20 million people die yearly worldwide from sepsis. If true, sepsis could be the #1 cause of death in the World. What should the patient look for? Remember: U C The Bugs Run Home U = low urine output C = chills , confusion, consciousness T = temperature, hi or low, > 101 or < 97 B = blood pressure, hi or low R = respirations, above 20 per minute H = heart rate, above 90



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!



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



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



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% — higher in developing countries — with patients who survive often struggling with physical impairment, muscle and nerve damage, cognitive changes and chronic organ failure. Forbes



Pediatric sepsis.

Pediatric fever can be a benign symptom of common childhood illness. But what about when it isn’t? When bacterial or viral infection triggers Systemic Inflammatory Disease Syndrome (SIRS) it’s 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



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

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