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World Sepsis Day: Sepsis survivors that inspired us this year

Welcome to the first ever T2Blog, an initiative that we take excitedly and seriously. We are excited to create a space where readers can keep up with T2. We are privileged to play a part in fighting sepsis with game-changing diagnostic technology that detects bloodstream infections and may prevent the progression to sepsis. Sepsis is a serious condition and we are serious about having a stake in the sepsis community. Throughout these blogs, we will address inspiring patient stories, challenges in sepsis management, T2’s technology, initiatives, and advancements in the field. So here goes! 

Day-to-day, it’s easy to get bogged down in the essential, but sometimes seemingly disconnected details of diagnostic tests: from reagent primers and probes to sensitivity calculations to get the exact right amount of cells in spiked blood sample. World Sepsis Day is an important reminder to step back and connect with the larger cause that fuels all these activities at T2: to save lives of patients with sepsis and help them return home to their families instead of the tragic, and often avoidable, alternative. This year, our team was fortunate to meet and support many strong sepsis survivors who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness by telling their personal stories in order to help others avoid the same tragic consequences. Their passion, commitment, and firsthand experience have helped fuel T2 during one of the most exciting and pivotal years in our company’s history.

Meet some of the Sepsis survivors that inspire us

Audrey Leishman

In January, we met with Audrey Leishman via video and her husband, PGA Tour Professional Marc Leishman, to learn about Audrey’s battle with sepsis and her outstanding work with the Begin Again Foundation to support sepsis survivors get back on their feed.

Mary Millard

Over the summer, Mary Millard visited our team in Lexington, Massachusetts to share her story. Mary is an inspiration with her willingness to share her personal story with such passion to improve care for similar patients. What could have been a routine cardiac procedure became a lifelong health battle after a bacterial infection was misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated for too long. Her story brings much-needed attention to the devastating health effects of sepsis and hospital-acquired infections. Mary gave permission to share her experience with sepsis – and the impact she could have had with earlier identification and treatment of the increasingly resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa that forever changed her life.

Emily Edwards

We were inspired by the passion of the family of Emily Edwards, whose life was tragically cut short by sepsis. Her family is part of the National Family Council on Sepsis and hosted a Stepping Out Sepsis 5K in May in Dracut, Massachusetts. We were proud that team orange was there to support their important work!

Join us in our fight against Sepsis

This month, our team at T2 is again “Spiking Out Sepsis” on the front lawn at Hartwell Avenue with a volleyball tournament where the proceeds go to the Sepsis Alliance, an organization doing such valuable work to raise awareness.

Thanks to all the individuals and organizations who are part of the fight against sepsis. Together, we can help eradicate preventable sepsis deaths!

According to the CDC, of the 154 million prescriptions for antibiotics written in doctors’ offices and emergency departments each year, 30% are unnecessary.12