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An infected kidney stone rapidly progressed to sepsis and nearly took Cindy Mullins life late last year. The mother of t...
01/08/2024

An infected kidney stone rapidly progressed to sepsis and nearly took Cindy Mullins life late last year. The mother of two was sedated for days in a Kentucky hospital while doctors worked to save her.

When she woke up, her legs were gone from the knees down – and doctors explained that in order to save her life, her arms would require partial amputation as well.

“I’m just so happy to be alive,” she shares. “I get to see my kids. I get to see my family. I get to have my time with my husband. Those are minor things at this point.”

A mom-of-two woke up at a Kentucky hospital with both legs amputated – and learned she’d soon lose her arms too – in a “perfect storm” that began with a kidney stone, according to a new report. …

Answers to questions like these, and so many more, can be found in our “Sepsis and…” library available at sepsis.org.The...
01/07/2024

Answers to questions like these, and so many more, can be found in our “Sepsis and…” library available at sepsis.org.

The recently updated digital library is a top resource for information on sepsis as it relates to various conditions, infections, and lifestyles. Whether you want to learn more about sepsis and urinary tract infections or how sepsis can affect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this free online tool offers all of the information right at your fingertips.

Visit bit.ly/SepsisLibrary to learn more today!

Dan was a healthy and active husband, father, and law enforcement officer when he developed sepsis in December 2021. Aft...
01/05/2024

Dan was a healthy and active husband, father, and law enforcement officer when he developed sepsis in December 2021. After feeling ill for several days, he was rushed to the hospital when his knee became incredibly swollen and he developed unbearable pain. His heart rate skyrocketed and his blood pressure began to drop as he was admitted for surgery and his medical team told him they suspected sepsis.

He shares, “I spent the next 6-7 months in and out of the hospital on IV antibiotics, and generally not getting better quickly. Initially I hated myself and my body and felt like I’d let my family and myself down by being sick.”

Dan continues, “I worked hard in physio for nearly a year, sought EMDR therapy for the PTSD element and worked every single day on my physical and mental health with the support of my incredible family. I want to tell my story to tell you that if you have sepsis right now, or are in recovery then you can do it. You can get better. My big takeaways are: ask for help, know the road is long but achievable, support your mental AND physical health, love yourself through it, talk, talk, talk, and survive, and then support others to do the same.”

Read more of Dan’s story below. To share your experience and help Sepsis Alliance reach 2,000 Faces of Sepsis™ stories in 2024, visit https://bit.ly/FacesOfSepsis.

I contracted sepsis in Dec 21 having been a healthy, strong never sick individual my whole life. A fi****ms cop who practices martial arts and trains

How are healthcare professionals educated and trained on evidence-based best practices to prevent sepsis throughout thei...
01/04/2024

How are healthcare professionals educated and trained on evidence-based best practices to prevent sepsis throughout their career?

During our first Sepsis Alliance Connect session of 2024, Claudia Orth, BSN, RN and Sandra Kleier, RN, will share more about what healthcare professionals typically learn about sepsis during their years of education and training. The conversation will also include a review of Sepsis Alliance’s free educational platform, Sepsis Alliance Institute, and how it provides continuing education, best practice resources, and peer-to-peer networking to healthcare professionals across the country.

Membership to Sepsis Alliance Connect is required to access live virtual sessions like this one. Registration is FREE and can take up to 48 hours to process. Learn more and start your registration today at SepsisConnect.org.

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams’ cause of death has been determined to be dental-related sepsis, which developed ...
01/03/2024

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams’ cause of death has been determined to be dental-related sepsis, which developed after Williams was injured at a work-related construction site in August.

Following the accident, the 36-year-old was admitted into an intensive care unit at a local hospital. He had gone into cardiac arrest before being intubated and sedated, the medical examiner’s report said, before listing his cause of death as, “bacterial sepsis with cerebral abscesses and necrotizing lobar pneumonia due to multiple caries and retained tooth roots.”

To learn more about dental-related infections and sepsis, visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAndDentalHealth.

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams’ cause of death has been determined to be dental-related sepsis, according to an initial case summary report released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office.

01/02/2024

Hundreds of you have shared your sepsis experiences with us since we first launched Faces of Sepsis™. Whether you reflected on your initial symptoms and diagnosis to help others learn about identifying sepsis, shared about the challenges of post-sepsis life so that survivors wouldn’t feel alone in recovery, or bravely opened up about a loved one lost to sepsis, your collective vulnerability has made a powerful impact.

This year, Faces of Sepsis™ will reach a major milestone – 2,000 stories told. If you’ve ever thought about submitting your experience to our online story collection, we encourage you to consider adding your voice to this powerful movement in 2024. Together, we can continue to raise awareness of this life-threatening condition and save lives and limbs from sepsis.

To share your experience, or the experience of a loved one, and help Sepsis Alliance reach 2,000 Faces of Sepsis™ stories in 2024, visit https://bit.ly/FacesOfSepsis.

As we approach the start of 2024, we’re looking back at some of the milestones you’ve helped us reach in 2023. Thank you...
12/29/2023

As we approach the start of 2024, we’re looking back at some of the milestones you’ve helped us reach in 2023. Thank you for supporting Sepsis Alliance as we work toward a more sepsis-safe world!

To learn how you can become a part of the communities, initiatives, and advocacy efforts mentioned below, visit sepsis.org.

Sending emails, sharing social media posts, making calls, organizing events, meeting with Members of Congress – these ar...
12/28/2023

Sending emails, sharing social media posts, making calls, organizing events, meeting with Members of Congress – these are just a few of the ways that sepsis advocates made their voices heard in 2023. As the year draws to a close, we’re celebrating this year of impactful advocacy!

There’s still more to do in 2024. To join our community of advocates and learn more about the latest ways to get involved, visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceEmailList.

To read more about this year’s accomplishments, visit https://bit.ly/AdvocacyYearInReview23.

In 2022, Nancy’s misdiagnosed UTI led to a kidney infection which then progressed to life-threatening sepsis. It wasn’t ...
12/21/2023

In 2022, Nancy’s misdiagnosed UTI led to a kidney infection which then progressed to life-threatening sepsis. It wasn’t until she was discharged from the hospital and began to navigate her post-sepsis life that she discovered the lack of support resources available to those affected by the deadly condition.

She shares, “It wasn't until I did my own internet searching and found Sepsis Alliance Connect, the peer-to-peer network hosted by Sepsis Alliance, that I began to find answers. It was life changing for me. There is also a wealth of information on the Sepsis Alliance website.”

This giving season, individuals like Nancy are supporting Sepsis Alliance with a year-end gift to help us continue our mission in 2024. Can we count on you to join her?

Click the button below or visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceEndOfYearGift to make your gift today!

Have you enabled the UserWay accessibility menu that can be found on our website? Sepsis Alliance wants the tools and in...
12/20/2023

Have you enabled the UserWay accessibility menu that can be found on our website? Sepsis Alliance wants the tools and information we provide to be accessible to everyone – regardless of preferred reading language or disability.

To use the menu, click the red icon that can be found on the bottom right corner of every page on sepsis.org. This will enable features including a language translator, industry-leading screen reader, smart contrast colors, tooltips, highlighted links, and more!

When Crystal developed fatigue, water retention, and changes in urine color, she suspected it was likely due to the chro...
12/17/2023

When Crystal developed fatigue, water retention, and changes in urine color, she suspected it was likely due to the chronic kidney stones she often dealt with. Her condition continued to deteriorate and she woke up with excruciating kidney pain, chills, and shortness of breath. At the hospital, a CT scan revealed two large stones lodged in her ureter, causing a dangerous blockage. She was rushed to the ICU for emergency surgery.

“Waking up with a breathing tube and tied-down hands, I learned that I had been on life support for two weeks,” she recalls. “The realization that I had narrowly escaped death dawned on me. In the weeks that followed, I grappled with the physical and emotional aftermath in the hospital, unable to walk or perform basic tasks. Every step in my recovery is a testament to the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing health. Sepsis with severe septic shock serves as a constant reminder, and I am committed to building my strength and embracing a newfound appreciation for life.”

Read more of Crystal’s story below. To share your experience, visit https://bit.ly/FacesOfSepsis.

At the age of 39, I'm a devoted mother of three teenagers, juggling a full-time job and attending college to pursue my passion for psychology. However, my

12/13/2023

Have you or a loved one ever needed at-home care that included the administration of intravenous fluids, medications, or nutrients?

Home infusions have the potential to increase the risk of infection, and therefore, the risk of sepsis. Learn more about helpful steps you can take to reduce your risk in our latest video!

This year, your support of Sepsis Alliance helped us spread more awareness, provide more training to healthcare workers,...
12/11/2023

This year, your support of Sepsis Alliance helped us spread more awareness, provide more training to healthcare workers, and educate more policy makers about the role government can play in saving lives from sepsis. Your generosity made an impact.

As we look to 2024, we know there is still significant work that needs to be done in sepsis awareness and care. Will you help us continue our mission with a year-end gift to Sepsis Alliance?

https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceEndOfYearGift

Have you checked out our educational resources designed to help you navigate flu season? This National Influenza Vaccina...
12/07/2023

Have you checked out our educational resources designed to help you navigate flu season? This National Influenza Vaccination Week, explore our updated information center covering flu types, treatments, prevention, and more, and download a free information guide detailing sepsis and the flu.

Visit sepsis.org/flu to learn more today or save this post to access helpful flu-focused materials throughout the season!

Did you know that our website offers educational resources in a variety of different languages? Sepsis Alliance believes...
12/06/2023

Did you know that our website offers educational resources in a variety of different languages? Sepsis Alliance believes that the tools and information we provide should be accessible to everyone – regardless of their preferred reading language. Access and download these resources for free at https://bit.ly/MultiLanguageResources

Hospital discharge doesn’t signify the end of medical challenges for many sepsis survivors. In fact, a 2018 study indica...
12/04/2023

Hospital discharge doesn’t signify the end of medical challenges for many sepsis survivors. In fact, a 2018 study indicated that 17.5% of sepsis patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge.

In this upcoming Sepsis Alliance Connect session, Dr. Stephanie Parks Taylor will share how hospitals are working to reduce readmission rates for sepsis patients. Participants will also learn how to monitor for signs of sepsis complications which may require additional medical care.

Membership to Sepsis Alliance Connect is required to access live virtual sessions like this one. Registration is FREE and can take up to 48 hours to process. Learn more and start your registration today at SepsisConnect.org.

Have you secured your spot at the first-ever Sepsis Alliance CareHolders Meeting? We hope you’ll join Dr. Flatley and th...
11/30/2023

Have you secured your spot at the first-ever Sepsis Alliance CareHolders Meeting? We hope you’ll join Dr. Flatley and the rest of our team on Wednesday, December 6 at 12pm ET for an interactive virtual meeting where you’ll learn more about our strategic priorities, future plans, and how you can get involved.

There’s still time to register! Sign up today by visiting bit.ly/CareHolders2023.

On behalf of the entire Sepsis Alliance team, we’d like to thank everyone who supported our organization on   yesterday!...
11/29/2023

On behalf of the entire Sepsis Alliance team, we’d like to thank everyone who supported our organization on yesterday! Whether you started a fundraiser, made an individual gift, or shared our posts, you made a difference and helped us raise more than $20,000 in support of Sepsis Alliance programs and initiatives.

Did you miss yesterday? There’s still time to make your impact: https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceGivingTuesday2023.

There’s still time to make your   impact! When you make a gift of any amount to Sepsis Alliance during this annual day o...
11/28/2023

There’s still time to make your impact! When you make a gift of any amount to Sepsis Alliance during this annual day of giving, your support will have a direct impact on survivors, caregivers, and individuals who have lost loved ones to sepsis.

Can we count on your generosity? Make your impact now and help Sepsis Alliance sustain and grow its meaningful programs and initiatives that so many rely on.

Click the donate button below or visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceGivingTuesday2023 to make your gift today!

Sepsis Alliance earns top rankings from Great Nonprofits, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator for transparency and accountability. Learn why our charity ratings matter at https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceCharityRatings.

11/28/2023

A colon perforation rapidly progressed to life-threatening sepsis and nearly took Jackie’s life. Now, two years later, as Jackie navigates post-sepsis life, she relies on Sepsis Alliance’s free educational resources and support programs to guide her throughout her recovery.

On today, your support will make a powerful impact on the lives of people like Jackie. A generous gift in any amount can:

➝ Help facilitate free peer support programs for those impacted by sepsis
➝ Provide no-cost educational opportunities for healthcare professionals across the continuum of care
➝ Expand our organization’s library of free downloadable fact sheets, brochures, posters, and more

Together with Jackie and our entire community of sepsis awareness advocates, we’re asking for your support on this international day of giving. Make your impact now and help Sepsis Alliance sustain and grow its meaningful programs and initiatives that so many rely on.

Click the donate button below or visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceGivingTuesday2023 to make your gift today!

Sepsis Alliance earns top rankings from Great Nonprofits, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator for transparency and accountability. Learn why our charity ratings matter at https://bit.ly/SepsisAllianceCharityRatings.

In March 2020, Kristin tested positive for the flu during an urgent care visit. She was given a Tamiflu prescription and...
11/26/2023

In March 2020, Kristin tested positive for the flu during an urgent care visit. She was given a Tamiflu prescription and sent home to rest, but her condition deteriorated rapidly and a friend who is a nurse quickly got Kristin to the emergency room.

“They kept saying, 'Something's masking an infection,' but no one said sepsis until the following day,” Kristin says. “They said to prepare for some limb loss because they had me on so many vasopressors.”

Read more about Kristin’s recovery below.

Ohio mom and administrator Kristin Fox had all four limbs amputated when she was in a medically induced coma after a case of the flu led to sepsis

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Sepsis Alliance team is wishing you a day filled with gratitude, joy, and the health and...
11/22/2023

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Sepsis Alliance team is wishing you a day filled with gratitude, joy, and the health and well-being of you and your loved ones.

Whether you help us raise sepsis awareness by advocating in your community, sharing our educational resources and infographics on social media, or supporting our mission by generously giving to the organization, we’re thankful for your support!

11/21/2023

Barbara nearly lost her life when a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection led to severe sepsis. Bacteria like MRSA can present a serious challenge to the treatment of sepsis: as more germs become resistant to medicines used to treat them, more people are at risk for developing sepsis.

The PASTEUR Act addresses this growing public health threat by encouraging the development of new drugs and protecting the ones we already have. This legislation has already been introduced in Congress, but we need your voice to help it become federal law.

In honor of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week this week, will you tell your representatives to support this life-saving bill? It only takes a few simple clicks: https://bit.ly/PASTEURActSupport.

With your support, we could help keep infections like Barbara’s from progressing out of control, and ultimately save lives and limbs from sepsis.

  is just one week away! As we approach the start of this year’s giving season, we’re sharing more about our charity rat...
11/20/2023

is just one week away! As we approach the start of this year’s giving season, we’re sharing more about our charity ratings.

When you support Sepsis Alliance, our team works tirelessly to ensure the funds help provide resources that raise sepsis awareness and help save lives. We strive to be a good steward of your generous financial gifts, and our latest nonprofit ratings are a testament to this commitment.

Your continued support on will help ensure that our programs and initiatives continue to thrive. Can we count on you?

Kick off the giving season early by setting up your own Facebook fundraiser now. Visit https://www.facebook.com/sepsisalliance/fundraisers to get started!

This World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, we’re pleased to release a new survey report: The Healthcare C-Suite AMR Market...
11/19/2023

This World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, we’re pleased to release a new survey report: The Healthcare C-Suite AMR Market Report: What Executives Think About Rising Risks of Superbugs and the Next Pandemic.

The new research in this report, which was compiled after surveying 158 hospital healthcare C-suite executives, found that these industry insiders believe the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is only growing worse and healthcare professionals are responsible for helping to solve the AMR problem.

To read the full report, visit bit.ly/AMRMarketReport2023. To learn more about antimicrobial resistance as part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, visit EndSuperbugs.org.

You’re invited to attend the first-ever Sepsis Alliance CareHolders Meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 12pm ET! During ...
11/16/2023

You’re invited to attend the first-ever Sepsis Alliance CareHolders Meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 12pm ET! During this interactive virtual meeting, our team will share more about our organization’s strategic priorities, future plans, and how you can get involved.

We hope you’ll join Dr. Flatley and the rest of our team for this important conversation about saving lives and limbs from sepsis in 2024 and beyond! Sign up today by visiting bit.ly/CareHolders2023.

This National Family Caregivers Month, will you commit to celebrating a family or friend caregiver in your life? Caregiv...
11/13/2023

This National Family Caregivers Month, will you commit to celebrating a family or friend caregiver in your life?

Caregiving can have a significant impact on one’s health. In fact, only 41% of caregivers say they’re in good health, down from 48% just six years ago. The American Psychological Association also reports that some of the most common problems faced by caregivers include depression, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.

Let’s support and remember caregivers throughout and beyond. If you're a caregiver to a sepsis survivor in need of support, Sepsis Alliance Connect has free programs and resources available. Join today at SepsisConnect.org.

Did pneumonia lead to complications like sepsis for you or a loved one?This common infection of one or both lungs can be...
11/12/2023

Did pneumonia lead to complications like sepsis for you or a loved one?

This common infection of one or both lungs can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or a fungus. While anyone can develop pneumonia, some people are at higher risk than others, including:

✔️The elderly or the very young
✔️People who have recently had a cold or influenza
✔️Smokers or those with a respiratory illness like COPD
✔️Individuals who have been exposed to certain inhaled toxins
✔️Patients who have had recent surgery or are being treated in the ICU

Learn more as part of World Pneumonia Day today by visiting https://bit.ly/SepsisAndPneumonia.

Clostridioides difficile, often called C. diff, is a bacteria that’s spread by microscopic spores. If you have the C. di...
11/08/2023

Clostridioides difficile, often called C. diff, is a bacteria that’s spread by microscopic spores. If you have the C. diff bacteria in your gut, other “good” bacteria can keep it from spreading or causing harm. But if you need to take antibiotics for another infection, those antibiotics may also kill the “good” bacteria and allow C. diff to flourish.

When this occurs, the C. diff bacteria cause inflammation of the gut or colon that can lead to moderate-to-severe diarrhea, and sometimes sepsis, which develops as the body tries to fight the infection.

To learn more this C. diff Awareness Month, visit https://bit.ly/SepsisAndCdiff.

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A few days prior to her scheduled lithotripsy procedure, Denise’s pre-op urine sample indicated a urinary tract infectio...
11/07/2023

A few days prior to her scheduled lithotripsy procedure, Denise’s pre-op urine sample indicated a urinary tract infection. She was prescribed antibiotics and assured by her urologist that it would sufficiently treat her infection and the surgery could continue as planned.

After the procedure, however, Denise was extremely tired and nauseous. She thought it was likely a reaction to the anesthesia, but when her condition failed to improve the following day, her partner called 911. “We live in a rural mountain area, but the EMTs arrived quickly and recognized septic shock,” she shares. “They decided that instead of going to our local ER, I should be flown by helicopter to a regional trauma hospital. This decision saved my life.”

Now, as a , she shares, “I am concerned that the urologist did not retest my urine before surgery, which would have indicated I still had an active UTI, and surgery should have been postponed. I am also concerned that we received no information about potential symptoms of sepsis after the surgery. I hope to approach the doctor/hospital and that changes will be made so that this does not happen to another patient.”

Read more of Denise’s story below. To share your experience, visit https://bit.ly/FacesOfSepsis.

I was scheduled for kidney stone sugery (lithotripsy) for August 25, 2023. A urine sample before surgery indicated I had a UTI, and I was prescribed an

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