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 are preventable!!!!!!! She not only died from Septic Shock but also MEDICAL MALPRACTICE! It is my opinion now that if medical personnel do not treat sepsis as a medical emergency, it is truly medical malpractice!!! I think the courts will find it that way also. 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/fluids 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

 

     8/22/15

LOVE YOU ERIN!

 
I POSTED THIS TODAY ON MY OTHER DAUGHTERS' ; Jennifers ' FB Page, and my ; safoundersblog.org TOUGH DAY FOR OUR FAMILY! THIS IS ERINS' BIRTHDAY! When you remember your childs' death day more that the birthday, IT IS TRULY A BAD DAY! ' As I said, Erins' UNNECESSARY DEATH, BROKE MY HEART! Not one doctor of 5 treating her, apologized for Erins' outcome to this day? She was not sick going in! Her death was not an act of God. This was a failure of the healthcare system. Erins' hospital/healthcare professionals (?) are not alone. being negligent! I am told only 37% of hospitals are currently following and using current evidenced based sepsis protocols that are monitored, measured and adjusted. I will make that point next week in Korea when I present Erins' Global Sepsis Awards to other foreign peoples, institutions and countries who ARE improving their care and treatment of sepsis patients. All my advocacy on Erins' behalf is self financed and 100% of donations to her Foundation ( THANK YOU ) go to Erins' sepsis good works! I do this to add significance to her young life. SO MISS YOU BUG; ESPECIALLY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY! dad.

 

     8/22/15

Post Sepsis Syndrome (PSS)

 
Post Sepsis Syndrome (PSS) is the term used to describe the group of long term problems that some patients who have experienced severe old-couple-walking-dog_thumbnail1sepsis can suffer during their rehabilitation period. The effect of any critical illness and spending time being treated in a Critical Care Unit is already recognised by health care professionals as causing certain long term problems for up to two years afterwards. However, sepsis can cause additional problems which may not become apparent for several weeks, for example, recurring infections during the rehabilitation period. It is important to remember that not everyone experiences problems after being critically ill and the length and severity of the sepsis and the fitness of the individual prior to their illness has a marked impact on how quickly they recover. The length of time spent in hospital can also affect rehabilitation. UK SEPSIS TRUST

 

     8/22/15

Happy Birthday Erin! We miss YOU!

 
TOUGH DAY FOR OUR FAMILY! THIS IS ERINS' BIRTHDAY! When you remember your childs' death day more that the birthday, IT IS TRULY A BAD DAY! ' As I said, Erins' UNNECESSARY DEATH, BROKE MY HEART! Not one doctor of 5 treating her, apologized for Erins' outcome to this day? She was not sick going in! Her death was not an act of God. This was a failure of the healthcare system. Erins' hospital/healthcare professionals (?) are not alone. being negligent! I am told only 37% of hospitals are currently following and using current evidenced based sepsis protocols that are monitored, measured and adjusted. I will make that point next week in Korea when I present Erins' Global Sepsis Awards to other foreign peoples, institutions and countries who ARE improving their care and treatment of sepsis patients. All my advocacy on Erins' behalf is self financed and 100% of donations to her Foundation ( THANK YOU ) go to Erins' sepsis good works! I do this to add significance to her young life. SO MISS YOU BUG; ESPECIALLY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY! dad.

 

     8/5/15

Sepsis causes and risk factors.

 
Any infection can potentially lead to sepsis if not treated properly. However, some of the more common infections that can lead to sepsis are pneumonias, abdominal infections from diverticulitis (a condition were outpouching of the colon forms small pockets where food can get stuck and cause infection), appendicitis, urinary tract infections, hospital-acquired infections from IV catheters or invasive procedures and implanted medical devices, such as artificial joints. Those at greater risk are the very young and the very old, as well as those with compromised immune systems. It is especially common in patients in intensive care units who are already very ill. Contributing factors are believed to be our aging population, overuse of antibiotics and emerging resistant bacteria, and increasing numbers of survivors with weaker immune systems from multiple other disease, such as diabetes, transplants and cancer. Dr. Oz

 

     7/19/15

How do doctors confirm a diagnosis of sepsis?

 
Typically a blood test is performed to reveal if the number of white blood cells is abnormal, a common sign of the condition, and to assess the function of bodily organs. Other than detecting bacteria in the bloodstream there is no one test that can specifically confirm or rule out a diagnosis of sepsis. Blood and other bodily fluids such as urine and sputum are also tested for the presence of bacteria and other infectious agents. X-ray and scans may be performed to identify or confirm the source of the infection. Especially in children, if meningitis is suspected a lumbar puncture may be performed to obtain a sample of spinal fluid. ASN

 

     7/19/15

Sepsis may be the most expensive condition billed to medicare and te taxpayers.

 
Sepsis isn't just a killer, it's also a massive cost for the healthcare industry. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that sepsis was far and away the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals in 2011 at more than $20 billion ($5 billion more than the next-leading expense, osteoarthritis), and the incidence of sepsis has increased since then.

 

     7/17/15

If you die from measles, you die from sepsis.

 
Even though the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does a lot to protect people from the measles, and has been shown to be safe long-term, some people choose not to be vaccinated against the highly infectious, sometimes deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. Nationally, 91.9 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months have received the CDC-recommended dose of MMR.

 

     7/5/15

As an avid NASCAR FAN, Know Sepsis!

 
As I get ready to watch the Coke Zero 400, 2015 ; Know this : On May 24, 1964, at the World 600 in Charlotte,Fireball Roberts had qualified in the eleventh position and started in the middle of the pack. On lap seven, Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson collided and spun out and Roberts crashed trying to avoid them. Roberts' Ford slammed backward into the inside retaining wall, flipped over and burst into flames. Witnesses at the track claimed they heard Roberts screaming, "Ned, help me", from inside his burning car after the wreck. Jarrett rushed to save Roberts as his car was engulfed by the flames. Roberts suffered second- and third-degree burns over eighty percent of his body and was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. Although it was widely believed that Roberts had an allergic reaction to flame-retardant chemicals, he was secretly an asthmatic, and the chemicals made his breathing worse.[3][4] Roberts was able to survive for several weeks, and it appeared he might pull through, but he took a turn for the worse on June 30, 1964. He contracted pneumonia and sepsis and had slipped into a coma by the next day. Roberts died from his burns on July 2, 1964. FACT IS: HE DIED FROM SEPSIS, not the burns!!! Sepsis comes from any infection folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sepsis is preventable in most cases, if proper and prompt protocol is followed. safoundersblog.org sepsiswatch.org I so wish the 5 doctors and staff would have done this with our daughter Erin back when! SHAME ON THEM! 3 million + others have died in the US, since Erin? Millions upon millions of survivors suffer, with no real help for their problems! I took Erin and Jennifer to this race years ago! This is not right and we need governmental, institutional and charitable support, " So More Survive"! Tell everyone about sepsis! Erins dad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyCW9_ZOm30

 

     7/3/15

Congratulations to Sutter Health.

 
Part of Sutter’s initiative includes a checklist of signs for doctors and nurses to look for, such as a body temperature above 101 F or below 96.8 F, heart rate above 90 beats per minute, respiratory rate of more than 20 breaths per minute, and a probable or confirmed infection. If not caught within six hours, severe sepsis can develop and lead to a drop in blood pressure, organ failure and septic shock. While nationwide sepsis cases are on the rise, Sutter Health system cases are decreasing. Five Sutter Health affiliates have reduced the rate of severe sepsis by an average of 17 percent. Sutter Roseville Medical Center has experienced a nearly 50-percent drop in sepsis related mortality rates. At Sutter Lakeside Hospital, the staff wears badges displaying the symptoms of sepsis. Sutter 7/2 2015

 

     6/29/15

What is CDC doing to prevent sepsis?

 
CDC works to prevent infections that could lead to sepsis through promotion of vaccination for diseases like pneumococcus and meningitis, smoking cessation programs to prevent community-acquired pneumonia, and strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Recently, CDC has begun projects specifically focused on sepsis prevention so that we can better understand the factors that contribute to sepsis, enhance prevention strategies, and save lives. CDC has worked with patient advocacy and consumer groups to educate the public, raise awareness and promote the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. CDC is working to implement strategies to increase sepsis awareness among the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare facilities. CDC

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