Sepsis: Life-Changing for Patients & Families, Challenging for Researchers

Sepsis: Life-Changing for Patients & Families,
Challenging for Researchers

This week, in conjunction with CDC’s recent Vital Signs report and in honor of Sepsis Awareness Month, CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog is featuring patients’ personal experiences with sepsis and a researcher’s post about the scientific challenges of understanding the science around sepsis case estimates.

Sepsis is Life Changing for all Involved
The emotional toll of losing loved ones to sepsis is immeasurable. Having experienced this pain after losing his daughter Erin to sepsis, Carl Flatley, founder of Sepsis Alliance, shares how he has kept Erin’s legacy alive.
I lost my dauther, Erin Flatley, to Sepsis when she was only 23 years old. The pain ananger of losing her is real and constant.
Understanding the Full Impact of Sepsis: Epidemiology, Definitions and Outcomes
How often does sepsis occur? When and where does it occur? Studying sepsis epidemiology has not been an easy task. Dr. Greg Martin, professor of medicine at Emory University, describes the major milestones of understanding sepsis.
We must continue to investigate the cause of sepsis and focus on at-risk populations to identify truly effective prevention strategies
My Story: When the Signs of Sepsis are Missed
Six weeks after surgery, Amy Widener experienced chills, extreme pain, fever, and a 22–pound weight loss. After many visits to the emergency room, she was finally transferred to the intensive care unit. Amy had sepsis and the doctors didn’t think she could survive. But, Amy defied the odds and tells her story here.
The doctors pushed for surgery ASAP because they didn't think I could survive. This is the last thing that I remember until I woke up 24 days later.
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