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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



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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



What is the cytokine storm?

In essence, a cytokine storm is an SOS signal that causes the immune system to launch its entire arsenal of weapons all at once. This last-ditch, kamikaze attack hurts the virus. But it leaves behind tons of collateral damage. Blood vessels take the brunt of it. "The cytokine storm makes the blood vessel walls more permeable. So the arteries, veins and capillaries start to leak blood and plasma. The storm also triggers a big release of nitric oxide, which thins out the blood and damages vessels further. All these factors combine together to reduce blood pressure to dangerous levels, Geisbert says. "So you don't die of blood loss, but from something similar to severe septic shock." NPR




HAIs are infections that are associated with receiving treatment in a healthcare setting. For each type of infection affecting a patient in a healthcare setting, specific criteria are used to determine whether the infection is an HAI or not. For example, if a blood stream infection develops in a patient on or after the third hospital day (day of admission is day one), the infection is considered an HAI. Blood stream infections that occur within the first two hospital days are considered to be community-acquired infections and were picked up in the community before admission to the hospital. These infections can be devastating and even deadly, as in sepsis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital patients in the United States get nearly 2 million infections each year, while receiving care. That is about one infection for every 20 patients. For more information about HAIs please visit the CDC page on HAIs.



Mastoiditis can cause sepsis and death.

Treatment of mastoiditis can be difficult because the mastoid is located deep inside your ear. If treatment is not effective or if the infection is not treated before the mastoid is damaged, serious health problems may result. These include: vertigo (dizziness) facial paralysis hearing loss meningitis (a bacterial infection of the membranes covering your brain and spinal chord) epidural abscess (a collection of pus on the outside of your brain and spinal chord) sepsis (spreading of the infection throughout your body) HEALTH



Effective sepsis protocols include the following:

The protocols include: • monitoring for sepsis from the time of admission • utilizing infection prevention measures • screening the patient for risk and sepsis and testing for toxins within three hours of identifying a patient’s risk • dispensing appropriate and timely antibiotics and medications • educating nurses and providers on sepsis identification and prevention.

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