Communicating with Sepsis Patients: A Survivor's Story

Communicating with Sepsis Patients: A Survivor's Story

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Recorded On: 11/19/2019


There are an estimated 1.4 million patients who survive sepsis each year in the United States. Hear firsthand from Darrell Raikes, a sepsis survivor and 2019 Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award Winner, as he discusses his 32-day ICU stay and ensuing recovery. Participants will learn about post-sepsis physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges faced by many sepsis survivors. A Critical Care specialist will review the importance of early sepsis recognition to improve patient outcomes. There will also be a discussion on communication strategies to ensure that patients and their healthcare team have a mutual understanding of the patient's condition after sepsis is diagnosed and treated.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify key challenges in communication between sepsis patients and their care team.
  • Explain the importance of early sepsis recognition to improve patient outcomes.
  • Restate the physical sequelae many sepsis survivors can experience.
  • Integrate the cognitive and emotional changes that may occur after sepsis into a care plan that incorporates the patient goals of patience, determination, and purpose.

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Webinar Supporters:

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided fort this webinar by bioMérieux and Merck. 


Angel Coz, MD, FCCP

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Kentucky

Dr. Coz is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist, the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He holds multiple leadership positions at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), and has been awarded the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation for two years in a row. Dr. Coz is also currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Sepsis Alliance. He has a strong interest in critical care, mechanical ventilation, sepsis resuscitation and medical education. He has given multiple talks on critical care, sepsis, and pulmonary topics at the national and international level.

Darrell Raikes

Sepsis Survivor and Advocate

Sepsis Alliance

In May 2015, Darrell had a routine knee replacement surgery. He had an allergic reaction that led to sepsis and septic shock. Twenty days later, he woke up in the ICU. Eighteen months later, he still has lingering problems from his sepsis but uses his experience to educate others. He is a sepsis advocate, giving presentations and helping others cope with the after-effects. He also volunteers at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.

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