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Changing Sepsis Lenses: From Adversity to Advocacy

Hillary Beth Spangler

Guest Author: Hillary Beth Spangler MD Candidate at UNC School of Medicine, Class of 2017 As a fourth year medical student at UNC School of Medicine, I’m humbled to be training at the university hospital that treated me for sepsis when I was 10 years old. I’ve had the privilege of seeing sepsis through various Read More >

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Sepsis Survivor: Working to Save the Antibiotics that Saved My Life

Dana Mirman

Guest Author: Dana Mirman, writer and publicist In December, it will be five years since a bump on my shoulder that I thought was a bug bite developed into a life-threatening infection. The day after I noticed the bump, I suddenly developed flu-like symptoms that quickly turned into the worst “flu” of my life. Within Read More >

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The Surviving Sepsis Campaign – The Past, the Present and an Exciting Future

Guest Author: Craig Coopersmith MD, Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine Sepsis is a devastating tragedy for a patient and family, but also an urgent public health problem. A person with sepsis is more likely to die from sepsis than a person who suffers a heart attack, stroke, or other major trauma. Read More >

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Everyone Has a Role in Sepsis Prevention

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Denise Cardo, MD Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s overwhelming response to an infection – It is a medical emergency. Time matters! CDC’s Vital Signs report, Think Read More >

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Frontline Staff are Critical to the Success of Sepsis Care Improvement Efforts

M Doerfler MD

Guest Author: Martin E. Doerfler, MD SVP, Clinical Strategy and Development, Associate CMO Northwell Health Northwell Health has been focused on improving the care and outcomes of our patients with sepsis since 2008. Michael Dowling, our CEO, noticed that sepsis was the condition most commonly associated with inpatient mortality in our hospital system, so he Read More >

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