10 September 2017
Sepsis survivor launches new initiative
A FATHER who feared he would never
see his family again after being struck down by sepsis has returned
to the hospital that saved his life to help launch a new patient
Karl Goodere-Dale thought he was suffering from a heavy cold but
within hours he collapsed and was rushed to Queen's Medical Centre
(QMC) where doctors diagnosed sepsis and began the race against
time to save his life.
He spent eight weeks in hospital and now faces an 18 month
recovery period. Karl has joined the medical team to launch a new
sepsis information leaflet for patients and relatives, and to say
thank you to staff by helping to raise awareness of the potentially
The 36-year-old, from Beeston, said: "I hadn't heard about
sepsis before, I don't think many people have, but it is serious.
When I got to hospital they quickly took me to resus and I was in a
bad way, bringing up blood.
"I knew something was wrong by the way I was being monitored. I
was thinking 'this is it, this is serious, my family are going to
be without me'. I was worried about leaving my children and them
growing up on their own.
"I remember asking the doctor to not let me die. He said they
were doing all they could to make sure that doesn't
Karl was taken to Intensive Care and eventually made a full
recovery and said his experience had shown how dangerous sepsis is
and how important it is that the signs are spotted. He says the new
leaflet and improvement in awareness of the symptoms would save
The new leaflet will be given to
people leaving the Emergency Department having attended with an
infection and offers advice on sepsis symptoms.
Early symptoms of sepsis may
- a high
temperature (fever) or low body temperature
- chills and
- a fast
Karl said: "I think the leaflet is a good idea. Information does
need to be given out to both patients and relatives. It is
important that people understand it and are aware of what it
"I went through a real rollercoaster of emotions. I was glad
that I was alive and grateful for the help I had and the swift way
I was treated because without that I am certain I wouldn't' be here
right now. Thanks to the team it means I can see my children grow
Clinical teams at Nottingham University Hospitals have spent
more than a decade delivering substantial and sustained
improvements in how they identify and treat sepsis and are now one
of the leading centres for improvements in sepsis care.
At QMC and City Hospital 91% of patients are automatically
screened for sepsis and see a critical care specialist in under
four hours - half as long as it took in 2010. Their work will
feature in a Panorama sepsis special on BBC1 on Monday 11 September
The team are continuing to innovate in the field and introduced
mandatory sepsis training for clinical staff and new patient
Sally Wood, Sepsis Lead Nurse at NUH, said: "The Trust has come
a long way during the last ten years and that is due to hard work
and dedication across the board.
"It means we have some of the best outcomes for sepsis patients
in the country and that means that people like Karl are able to go
home to their families which is what we all want to see.
"Karl's experience led us to develop the new leaflet and we hope
it will raise awareness and help save lives."