In April 2008, a 70 year-old, independent lady with no previous comorbidities became a grandmother for the first time and was looking forward to watching her family grow up. She developed a cough and became breathless, and presented to her local hospital. She was admitted, and developed severe sepsis and septic shock secondary to her community-acquired pneumonia; she died within seven hours. Her sepsis was not recognized, and antibiotics and fluids were not given in a timely manner. The patient's family and the well-meaning and competent medical and nursing team were devastated.
So begins the account of a real patient story that compelled Dr. Matt Inada-Kim and colleagues to tackle the problem of managing sepsis within their practice…..