Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sepsis: Emergency, a video

If you have been following this blog for a while, you likely know about my involvement with the patient advocacy group, Sepsis Alliance. It's a very worthwhile organization that strives to increase awareness of the deadly disease, sepsis.

The recent death of actor Lesley Nielsen is just one of thousands from sepsis. Although the news reports say that Mr. Nielsen died of "complications from pneumonia," this is what sepsis is: "complications of...."

Sepsis Alliance has just made public a fantastic video to help explain the seriousness of the disease and I encourage you to watch it - and pass it on. As. Dr. O'Brien says in the video - this is a disease that we can affect tomorrow: we can reduce deaths up to 50% starting tomorrow, if only we all knew and understood what sepsis was - allowing us to detect it early enough.