Post 1 - How In-home Data Collection Completes the View of a Sepsis Episode
Heads up: No clinical advice is being offered.
This is post 1 of a series specifically targeted to in-home sepsis detection. I have a personal stake in making sure I have such a capability – my wife has survived two sepsis episodes and is at high risk of contracting sepsis in the future.
“Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening and without timely treatment can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Time matters.” - CDC
Even though we are sepsis experienced we are by no means sepsis experts. We are working with a great healthcare team. They ‘see’ what is measured and recorded by their specialist colleagues after the fact. They don’t ‘see’ what’s measured in-home. We believe considerable value can accrue from in-home measurements corroborate and coordinated with in-hospital measurements. Time is valuable when detecting sepsis and in-home measurements can fill an existing information gap when information is most valuable – at the start of an episode.
The pictures that follow visually describe a sepsis episode for one person with a unique clinical history. The data is a combination of in-home and in-hospital collected data. The circumstances of every reading is captured in detail. The details of the clinical history, sepsis episode and data capture will be described in subsequent posts.
The Pictures of a Sepsis Episode
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This introductory post demonstrates the possibility of viewing episodic health events by combining in-home and in-hospital data. We’ve shown a few of the possible readings and data points collected both in-home and in-hospital. Adding pre and post lab results performed outside of hospital to lab work completed in-hospital will be shown in a later post. Additionally, later posts will examine how patient introduction to ED staff can be greatly accelerated by use of the graphical history.
There will be a post introducing a Sepsis Risk Indication module. That post will include a discussion about the importance of knowing what the patient’s normal readings are relative to the populations ‘normal’. Yet another post will describe a method for retrospectively estimating the first possible infection date. Being able to estimate the infection date will be an important contribution to the current state of understanding sepsis.
Sepsis is a complex process and we use these posts to help build awareness, support those in similar positions as my wife and I, and to offer our services as we are able.
Mitch is Christy's caregiver and husband. I've had to learn fast because she really keeps me on my toes. I've found that organizing her data and health information, while challenging, is the only way for me to begin to understand how complicated a life she lives.