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MASON CITY, Iowa – “Just to know that he was out hauling manure with my son the week before, he got a cut on his wrist, it lead to sepsis and he died several days later.”
Vanessa Edgington lost her dad in June of 2012 after he contracted a deadly disease called sepsis.
Sepsis is not rare, the blood infection kills more than 250,000 people in the U.S. every year.
However, not many people know about it.
“I believe it’s in a state of emergency and has been for some time, people that die of sepsis die a senseless death.”
So Edgington is working toward change.
Tuesday she’ll be in WashingtonD.C. attending a committee meeting held by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken is also on the committee.
They will discuss efforts to reduce health care associated infections including sepsis.
Someone else attending the meeting is the founder of the Sepsis Alliance, Carl Flatley.
“Hopefully would be that we could get a national mandate, a national strategy, the same thing for every hospital in the U.S. Which a lot of hospitals don’t even have a sepsis protocol, unbelievably so,” says Flatley.
The sepsis protocol is something that has been adopted by all hospitals in the state of New York and has been proven to save lives.
“There’s about 6 different things they have to do or should do in the first what’s called golden hour just like with a heart attack or stroke, if they do that within the first hour the chance of survival is 80%,” says Flatley.
Flately also lost a loved one to sepsis, and like Edgington believes something has got to be done to ensure people don’t have to go through loss like they did.
“To watch this very strong individual lie in a bed and gain 30 pounds of fluid as a result of the sepsis going through and wreaking havoc on his body,” explains Edgington.
Watch the meeting here: