Sepsis Alliance April Newsletter

April 2, 2018


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Sepsis Alliance Newsletter, April 2018

Spring is here and Sepsis Alliance is happy to share its April newsletter. This monthly newsletter gives you a small taste of what is happening at Sepsis Alliance. This month, we highlight our upcoming events and webinars, honor a volunteer, and more.

Upcoming Webinar! Sepsis Recognition: Educating High Risk Patient Populations

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit Available
April 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM EST

Register Here

Patients with a compromised immune system are at an increased risk of developing sepsis. Join Dr. Hillary Spangler to learn about these high risk populations and how to educate them. Dr. Spangler’s team at UNC Children’s Hospital has educated more than 500 high risk families about sepsis. To learn more about Dr. Spangler click here.

All nurses attending the live webinar will be eligible to receive 1.0 hour of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit.




Nominate a Sepsis Hero

Volunteer Spotlight: Darrel Raikes

Darrell Raikes is a ball of fire. With his dynamic energy and determination, you wouldn’t know he spent 20 days in the ICU after he developed sepsis from a routine knee replacement. To further complicate matters, his sepsis led to ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). This experience left Darrell with lasting effects, but it didn’t diminish his drive.

Now Darrell is a tireless sepsis awareness advocate. He tours his home state of Kentucky speaking to schools and organizations about sepsis. Darrell and his wife, Sarah, connected Sepsis Alliance with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit organization of young men and women who choose a charity every year to support. It’s because of Darrell that the FCCLA Kentucky chapter chose Sepsis Alliance and has already raised over $10,000 for the organization. Passionate and committed volunteers like Darrell are a major reason Sepsis Alliance is able to spread sepsis awareness and save lives.

Coming in May!

Sepsis is the 3rd Leading cause of Maternal Mortality
In the United States the rate of maternal deaths has almost doubled since 1990, while rates decreased world-wide. Why is this happening? According to the CDC, sepsis is partly to blame. It is the third leading cause of maternal deaths in the U.S. This Mother’s Day we are going to do something about it. We are launching a campaign to raise awareness of maternal sepsis and save lives. Will you join us? Stay tuned!Erin Kay Flatley Pediatric Sepsis Nursing Awards

Applications open May 1st

Every year, Sepsis Alliance recognizes nurses working in pediatrics and sepsis who honor the spirit of Erin Kay Flatley. This year we are also honoring sepsis coordinators and nursing students. Mark May 1st on your calendar and remember to apply!

Sepsis Alliance News

Check Out our New Article: Can Patient Safety Reduce Sepsis Risk?
Many sepsis survivors say their illness wasn’t noticed when they first sought help either in a hospital emergency department or doctor’s office. A missed sepsis diagnosis is a medical error and being an advocate for one’s own health is the first step in helping prevent such errors. Read the rest here.
New York Governor Cuomo Honored with Global Sepsis Award:
The Global Sepsis Alliance and Sepsis Alliance founder, Dr. Carl Flatley, honored Governor Andrew Cuomo with the Global Sepsis Award for implementing lifesaving sepsis protocols in all New York hospitals. To read more click here.
FCCLA: 73rd Annual State Leadership Conference: 
Sepsis Alliance founder Dr. Carl Flatley spoke at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 73rd Annual State Leadership Conference. Addressing a room full of young adults, Carl shared his daughter Erin’s experience with sepsis and educated the youth about the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
3rd Annual Sips for Sepsis: Sepsis Alliance Board Member Jill Gress hosted the 3rd Annual Sips for Sepsis at her home in New York this past January. This event raised close to two thousand dollars and former Miss USA Mary Therese Friel stopped by to support.

Upcoming Events

Inaugural Washington, D.C. Sepsis Awareness Event
Honoring Karen Kessenich Adamo
Date: April 21st
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
Learn more HERE

Continuum of Care Webinar: Recognizing & Managing Sepsis in Cancer Patients
Save the Date: April 26th at 2 PM EST
Hosted by Dr. Imrana Malik, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Salutations for Sepsis (Yoga Class & Reception)
Date: May 4, 2018
Location: South Orange, NJ
Learn more at

5th Annual Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge 5K
Date: May 5, 2018
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Register at

Erin Kay Flatley B.U.G.S. Classic
Date: May 12, 2018
Location: Dunedin, FL
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Step on Sepsis 5K
Date: June 2, 2018
Where: Cary, North Carolina
Register at

Spike Out Sepsis
Date: June 23, 2018
Where: Columbus Ohio
Register at

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