Kennedy Health in South Jersey has been honored nationally for its program to combat sepsis infections whichkill more people than heart attacks.
The CDC has declared sepsis a medical emergency that kills 258,000 people a year nationally.
It’s tricky to diagnose, but Kennedy Health has instituted a program in its three hospitals that’s dramatically reduced its sepsis death rate.
Michael Bergers say his life was saved at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill.
“It started from a paper cut”, explains Michael. He had a little cut on his finger that turned into sepsis and a three week medically induced coma.
“It scared the hell out of me, can’t believe that was actually me,” says Michael, who never knew much about sepsis.
It’s often triggered by a flesh eating bacteria that can cause organ failure.
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