What is Sepsis and Septic Shock

don Penven

Don Penven
Freelance Writer

In May of 2013 I experienced what I termed a “Near Death Experience.” I shared this misadventure in an article with my readers here on the Blind Hog Blogger. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by Marijke Vroomen-Durning (Sepsis Alliance) who requested permission to post my sepsis story on their “Faces of Sepsis” webpage.

I have read through much of this website and offer prayers of thanksgiving that I am among the few who survived Sepsis and Septic Shock. Below are a few article ideas from Sepsis Alliance

Reprinted from Sepsis Awareness Website:

How can a small dog’s nip on the hand or a bug bite result in a battle
to stay alive? How does someone go from the happiest day of her life,
delivering her child, to being in an intensive care unit on a ventilator –
with her family not knowing if she will live or die? How can someone
who successfully undergoes a bone marrow transplant to beat cancer
die because he got an infection? These people all had something in
common: they developed sepsis, an illness that fewer than half of
Americans have ever heard of, yet every two minutes, another person
in the country dies of it.

Sepsis is expensive for its victims and for society. It costs more than
$17 billion per year to treat sepsis in hospitals in the U.S. The burden
in lost income and expenses after initial sepsis treatment isn’t known.
Financial issues post sepsis can range from the inability to continue
working in previous jobs to needing long-term care. Cost to the
government and tax-payers? Fifty-eight percent of sepsis admissions
had Medicare as the primary payer versus 36% for other

As seen by the recent stories of people such as Aimee Copeland, of
Georgia, who developed necrotizing fasciitis after a zip line accident,
many people who survive sepsis must live with amputation of one – or
more limbs. The cost of artificial limbs can be well beyond the average
person’s budget. How do people in this situation cope with their new

How can a woman in the United States go into the hospital healthy,
ready to deliver a baby, only to develop sepsis and have to fight for
her life? According to a 2007 article in The Journal of Perinatal
Education, the United States has a higher maternal death rate than at
least 40 other countries – despite the fact that the U.S. spends more
money per capita for maternal care.

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