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Importance for Patients and Families

Procedure related shock can cause serious harm and death if not treated quickly. Knowing the signs to watch for, along with a prompt and appropriate response, can help save lives.

Family members will often identify changes in the patient's  alertness and level of awareness, as well as     the patient's restlessness and agitation. Deterioration may not be recognized or acted upon by healthcare providers, resulting in preventable patient safety incidents. Monitoring, observation, family consultation and communication are key to managing this risk (HIROC, 2020).

Patient Stories

Hear, and feel free to share Erin's and Jen's powerful stories via "Sepsis Emergency™" as provided by the Sepsis Alliance (Sepsis Alliance, 2014).

Sepsis Alliance – Katy Grainger's Story

In September 2018, Katy Grainger was a healthy and active 52-year-old mother of two living on the island of Kauai. She had no idea that a small purple blister on the side of her thumb would be the precursor to a week fighting for her life in the ICU with septic shock, ARDS, multiple organ failure, and DIC (Sepsis Alliance, 2020).

Dr. Alex George – a personal story

I have never really opened up about developing sepsis and going into septic shock. It is something that has played a big part in my life and influenced some of the decisions I have made after this. Sepsis endangers so many people around the world each year and therefore I hope by sharing what happened to me it might help others spot the signs early (George, 2020).