Sepsis Nearly Takes Odessa Nurse's Life 9/12/13
CBS 7 News
September 12, 2013
ODESSA, TX-An Odessa nurse at Medical Center Hospital nearly lost her life to a little known, but deadly disease known as Severe Sepsis.
Sepsis is a condition that can develop from an infection, which can lead to organ failure and death.
Penni Stahl says she is one of the few lucky ones who are able to share their success story. She wants everyone to know about this overlooked condition now before anymore deaths happen.
"I'm a fairly young woman and it's scary to know I could've died," said Stahl.
Last summer Stahl was thought to have had bronchitis. She took the proper medications and followed doctors’ instruction, but it wasn't enough to fight off the infection and prevent Severe Sepsis.
"As a nurse we serve people in septic shock, I didn't realize I was that sick," said Stahl.
Stahls says the illness came quickly, two days to be exact.
Robyn Crosswhite, a nurse educator at MCH, says if penny had waited any longer she probably wouldn't be here.
Both Crosswhite and Stahl say the public needs to be more aware of this condition as more cases of Sepsis enter their doors at MCH.
Crosswhite says even though anybody could develop Severe Sepsis, the elderly or people with a weak immune system are at greater risk.
According to MCH and Texas Tech, Severe Sepsis causes more deaths each year than heart attacks, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined.
Proper hand washing is just one of the many ways to reduce the risk of Severe Sepsis. Taking the prescribed antibiotics and getting vaccinated are other ways to prevent infection and thus reduce the risk of Severe Sepsis.
For more information and a list on ways to reduce the risks of developing the illness, you can visit MCH’s website at: http://mchodessa.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=61a52540-b753-47a4-976b-80c92a3f40df#.Ui5WvWQ4Uzw.