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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

A Family’s Perspective – “The Brutality of Sepsis will Haunt Us for the Rest of Our Lives”

Franchot Karl

Guest Author: Franchot Karl Sepsis. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s one of the leading causes of death, particularly in hospitals, but most people have never heard of it. My sister and I had barely heard of it, until we lost our beloved mother because of it two years ago. The brutality of sepsis will Read More >

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The Need for Sepsis Awareness: A Survivor’s Perspective

Dana Mirman

Guest Author: Dana Mirman In December 2011, a lack of awareness of sepsis – a disease responsible for more American deaths each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined – nearly cost me my life. It all began with a little bump on my shoulder one afternoon. When it all began, I did Read More >

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A Doctor’s Perspective – Uncovering Why Some Doctors Don’t Understand Sepsis

Steven Q. Simpson, MD

Guest Author: Steven Q. Simpson, MD University of Kansas and Sepsis Alliance I am one of the newest members of the board of directors of Sepsis Alliance.  If you haven’t heard of Sepsis Alliance, it is a non-profit organization whose aim is to heighten awareness of severe sepsis as an emergency among the general public Read More >

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A Mother’s Account: “If We Had Known About Sepsis, We Would Have Looked for Sepsis”

Rory Staunton

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton Co-Founder of The Rory Staunton Foundation Our son Rory Staunton, 12 years old, died on Sunday, April 01, 2012 from undiagnosed sepsis. A few days earlier Rory fell playing basketball and scraped his arm. Rory began to feel ill just past midnight a day and a half after the fall. His Read More >

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Why So Many Foleys?

Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC Dignity Health Clinical Lead for CAUTI Prevention At Dignity Health, our goal is to reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent before 2015, and we are well on our way. We have introduced specific evidence-based practices and bedside intervention activities to Read More >

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