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Sepsis Alliance Newsletter, May 2017

Sepsis Alliance - Suspect Sepsis. Save Lives.

New Online Resource: Testing for Sepsis

Unlike diseases or conditions like diabetes or kidney stones, there is no one test that can tell you have sepsis. Diagnosis is made after the doctor evaluates symptoms, medical history, and other tests that may indicate the presence of an infection, which can then lead the physician to suspect sepsis. There are a variety of tests that may be done to help determine if a patient has sepsis, learn more with the newest Sepsis.org resource, “Testing for Sepsis.”

Honor, Celebrate, and Remember Mom with Sepsis Alliance's Limited Edition Mother's Day Necklace and Pin

This Mother's Day, Sepsis Alliance is honoring, celebrating, and remembering moms with a limited edition sepsis ribbon charm necklace and pin. Whether that's the mom who fought and survived sepsis, who lives in our memories after a battle with sepsis, or who cared for a loved one with sepsis, there's no one in your life quite like your mother. This thoughtful gift for a loved one, or to keep for yourself, raises awareness of sepsis and honors a mother in your life. Your purchase will support our mission this Mother's Day, and every day, to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis.

Webinar Alert — Sepsis and Limb Loss Awareness and Prevention

Sepsis Alliance is collaborating with the Amputee Coalition for a special webinar on sepsis and limb loss on May 17 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST. Open to both clinicians and the public, join Dr. Steve Simpson, MD, FCCP, FACP, a Sepsis Alliance Board member as well as a sepsis and limb loss expert, as he shines a light on the relationship among sepsis, prevention, and limb loss. Learn more about sepsis and amputation here and register for the Amputee Coalition webinar here.

15th Annual B.U.G.S. Classic Inshore Fishing Tournament Taking Place on May 13

Bait your hook; the 15th annual B.U.G.S. Classic Inshore Fishing Tournament is coming up on May 13 in Dunedin, FL. In addition to the open division fishing tournament, where anglers will target snook, redfish and trout, kids can get in on the action this year with a new seawall slam for fishing at Marker 1 Marina. Founded in 2003, the tournament was established by Jennifer Flatley Anderson as a way to honor her sister, Erin Flatley, who died unnecessarily at age 23 from sepsis in 2002 following a routine outpatient surgery. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation for sepsis awareness. Learn more about all upcoming sepsis awareness events here.

Faces of Sepsis:
A Tribute to Brendan Cole

Recently a tribute to Brendan Cole was shared by his mother, Mary Dunstan. Brendan was 29 when he set off on his lifelong dream of traveling the world. He made it as far as Laos. While participating in extreme water sports, Brendan sustained a cut to his foot. Departing Laos and traveling to Thailand, Brendan checked into his hotel, where he became gravely ill. He called an ambulance and was transported to the hospital, where he tragically died of sepsis. His mother shared, “I tell this story to stress the importance of immediate medical attention. I’m sure if Brendan had not been travelling alone, his companion would have insisted he seek medical attention and he could have been saved.”

Call for Hospitals to Join
Partnership for Patients (PfP)

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is seeking hospitals to join the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, which provides participating hospitals with tools, resources, and best practices on 10 core topics, including sepsis. All hospitals aim to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care by reducing hospital harm and this program provides additional tools and resources to make that goal easier. In addition, by joining PfP, hospitals will also be part of the larger HIIN that works to share additional tools and resources to assist in patient safety efforts.

To date, the work of the PfP has contributed significantly to 3.1 million fewer harms, 125,000 fewer deaths, and $28 billion in cost savings. Learn more about PfP and how to join here.

Sepsis Alliance to Exhibit at National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition

Sepsis Alliance is excited to exhibit at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition May 23-25 in Houston, Texas. Hosted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (ACCN), we will have the opportunity to connect with over 6,000 nurses and share sepsis resources for both staff and patient education to raise awareness and help save lives from sepsis. Attending the conference? Visit us at booth #4150!

Welcome New Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors Chair, Steve Maupin

Sepsis Alliance is pleased to announce that Steve Maupin has been elected as the Board of Directors Chair. A senior advisor at Alvarez and Marsal, specializing in healthcare business consulting, Maupin's professional experience focuses on the convergence of high technology and medicine. He has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015 and brings valuable leadership and knowledge from his business and personal experience within the healthcare system. He succeeds Dr. Jim O'Brien, MD, MCs, who served as Board Chair for six years and will remain on the Board of Directors.

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