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C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS)

Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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The Cost of Sepsis

Jim O’Brien Vice President of Quality and Patient SafetyOhio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital

Guest Author: Jim O’Brien Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital I am biased about sepsis, but I will try to put that aside and present an argument for why people who have day jobs like me – hospital administrators – should focus on improving sepsis care today. I am Read More >

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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 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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