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Ray Schachter is a lawyer in Vancouver. He is on the Executive Committee of the Global Sepsis Alliance and Canadian Sepsis Foundation

 

In March 1996, I was a healthy, fit 50-year-old man enjoying life with a young family.  A month later, I was in an induced coma fighting for my life against acute septic shock accompanied by severe adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and multi-joint and -organ dysfunction which frequently accompanies sepsis.  My sepsis was brought on by Group A Streptococcus (Strep A) in my bloodstream which compromised almost all my joints.

My trajectory which led to acute sepsis is not unusual.  On Day 1, I had a very severe, but short-lived, bout of extremely high fever (40.5 degrees Celsius), followed by excruciating hip pain the following day.

By Day 3, the hip pain had become unbearable.  That evening, we called my family doctor’s on-call service and a doctor came to the house at midnight.  The physician felt my condition was osteoarthritis and prescribed anti-inflammatories.

On Day 4, my wife became so concerned that she called a doctor who was a family friend.  ...continue reading

Interview with Dr. Ian Williamson, Associate Professor of Primary Care with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. In a pragmatic randomized control trial published in CMAJ, Dr. Williamson and colleagues found that nasal balloon autoinflation is a feasible, safe and effective treatment that should be used more often. Having children with chronic otitis media with effusion inflate a balloon device through their nose 3 times a day was more likely than usual care to resolve the effusion and improve ear-related quality of life over 3 months.

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