DRIVe Solving Sepsis aims to reduce the incidence, morbidity, mortality and cost of sepsis by investing in key strategic areas
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As a physician who manages patients in the ICU, I provide care for a broad range of patients in the medical and surgical categories, including patients with sepsis and COVID. Even though our hospital provides more than adequate PPE, the possibility of contracting COVID remains significant, and recently happened to me. I hope telling my story will benefit others and inspire efforts to develop better treatments for this treacherous disease.
Day four of the annual professional meeting began like so many others: I had one more talk to give, and then a dash to the airport for the flight home. At lunchtime, I noticed a slight headache. By the time the session began mid-afternoon, the headache was worse. I bummed a couple of over-the-counter pain pills from a colleague (thank heavens for better prepared friends!), chugged a bottle of water, and listened to the three talks that preceded mine.
As a nurse practitioner in a Level One Trauma center at UF Health, I know the signs of sepsis; I pay attention to the presentation with my trauma patients, but I never imagined that I could develop sepsis if I ever fell ill. Like every essential worker, I also was informed and alert about the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 from my patients and from my coworkers. I was mindful of the guidelines to wear my mask and avoid group settings. I was compliant. Overall, I felt I would eventually be exposed and get sick, but I was mostly unconcerned about what that meant.
The Solving Sepsis program is addressing the entire continuum of care of a sepsis patient – from early pre-hospital interactions with healthcare providers, through hospital care and discharge – seeking innovative interventions at each step to identify sepsis early, address clinical management in order to improve patient outcomes and decrease mortality. Solving Sepsis is partnering with industry, academic and nonprofit groups to develop the following products to address sepsis.
It's important to prepare for sepsis in any emerging infectious disease. Learn more from our partner, Sepsis Alliance in their recent webinar.