January is gone and February is well under way. Our monthly newsletter gives you a small taste of what is happening at Sepsis Alliance. This month’s newsletter shares information about new Sepsis and… content, a woman who survived sepsis following childbirth, a new billboard program, and more:

The Flu… And Sepsis

This year’s influenza season has hit hard all across the world. News stories from across the United States report of previously healthy people being struck down by the flu, which can lead to sepsis. Most people who get the flu recover, however it is important to recognize the symptoms of sepsis and to seek help if you have the flu but are not getting better. See the following pages for more information on sepsis and influenza:

Sepsis and Joint Infections

Any type of infection can cause sepsis, including infections that occur in artificial joints. Infections can result from the surgery or from the implant itself, immediately after surgery or years later. Learn about related infections and what to watch for in the new Sepsis and Joint Infections installment in our Sepsis and… series.

Billboard Program

The Sepsis Alliance National Billboard Program was developed to give advocates a way to honor a loved one and to raise sepsis awareness within their communities. Billboards are a tried and true way to communicate a message to a large audience, and the sepsis message needs to be seen by everyone. Currently, Sepsis Alliance has billboards in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado, and Iowa, with more states to come. Visit our site to learn how to celebrate a survivor or honor the life of a loved one and raise sepsis awareness in your community.

Faces of Sepsis

What was supposed to be the happiest time of Taylor’s life, giving birth to her baby, quickly turned into the scariest time of her life when she developed sepsis. “The thing that surprised me the most about sepsis was how fast it went from me feeling a little bit off, to me being admitted for almost a week for intense care,” she said. Read Taylor’s story and visit FacesOfSepsis.org for more stories.

New York State Home Health Trainings

The Home Care Association of New York State (HCA), along with organizations such as IPRO, Sepsis Alliance and others, is holding eight in-depth sepsis training sessions across the state for all home care providers. Topics cover the sepsis screening tool, clinical case applications, integration into agency procedures and records, and more. Sepsis Alliance is proud to be part of this initiative to help provide sepsis education to front-line workers who care for people in their home environments.

Sepsis Alliance News

  • Dr. Carl Flatley, founder of Sepsis Alliance, was recently interviewed on Your Health®Radio, on the topic "Raising Sepsis Awareness." Listen to his interview with Dr. Laura Higginbotham.
  • Dr. Flatley also attended the first ever meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Task Force on Sepsis, held in Geneva, Switzerland, last month. Dr. Flatley engaged with people from all over the world who are working towards reducing the incidence and impact of sepsis.
  • Lisa Anderson has joined the Sepsis Alliance team as a research associate. Lisa’s experience as a research scientist will help us keep up-to-date with the latest data and information about sepsis, ensuring accuracy throughout the site and our materials. Welcome Lisa!
  • The Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board welcomes two new members, Kary Przymus, BSN, RN-BC, and Elizabeth ("Libby") Alpern, MD. Kary brings to the board her experience as a nurse and as Clinical Director of Hospital Performance Improvement at Medical Simulation Corporation. Libby, a Professor of Pediatrics at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is both a pediatric emergency physician and a clinical epidemiologist.

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