Sepsis prevention: stopping a silent killer

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A group of medical staff assemble around a patient at Madera Community Hospital. The situation is grim: a 27-year-old woman, morbidly obese at 260 pounds, suffering from Type 2 diabetes and abdominal pain.

Her symptoms give her only a 40 percent chance to live, and lead nurse Michael Collins asks her if she’s taken her daily medicine. “No,” the patient responds, rather sarcastically.

“Well gosh, a little defensive aren’t we,” Collins replies, drawing laughter from the assembled staff inside the small white room.

In a normal scenario, this patient’s condition would be very serious; laughter would be far from everyone’s mind. But because this particular patient happens to be a realistic training dummy — blinking and breathing are part of its many features — this group of nursing students can be forgiven some light banter...

 

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