* * Anonymous Doc: Sepsis

Friday, July 13, 2012


I just read a frighteningly well-written New York Times article about a 12-year-old boy who died of sepsis despite going to an ER at a reasonably early point in the process. The article raises all sorts of questions about information sharing and what happens to test results.  It's also a reminder of how high the stakes are.  Most jobs people have, for better or worse, are not one inadvertent oversight away from tragedy (and a New York Times article).  No one in the article is being accused of anything sinister, but, unfortunately, it doesn't take doing something actively evil to contribute to a terrible result.  Certainly a compelling, terrifying read.  Gosh.


  1. My thoughts exactly when I read that article. Really scary.

  2. I read that story too. So tragic!

  3. How sad. Sepsis was a zebra, and his doctors were looking for a horse. I do wonder why they bothered ordering the hematology tests and repeat vitals if they weren't going to look at them, anyway.