Situation Report | February 22, 2021
The state Office for Aging hosted HCA, sepsis survivors and national Sepsis Alliance in a joint, live education broadcast on social media last Thursday in commemoration of National Sepsis Survivors Week.
In the broadcast available here, State Office for Aging Director Greg Olsen moderates a panel featuring powerful personal testimonials by sepsis survivors Jillian Thibault (of New York’s Capital District) and Katy Grainger (of the Pacific Northwest). Both Thibault’s and Grainger’s remarks weave together profound aspects of their sepsis experience along with vital “need-to-know” information for health professionals, caregivers and consumers of all ages.
Sepsis Alliance President Thomas Heymann provided an overview of sepsis facts, national data and medical information while HCA President Al Cardillo describes the nationally leading work being done in New York’s home care community through the HCA sepsis initiative, with a major new phase launching now in 2021.
Thibault has worked with HCA in our sepsis advocacy efforts, including outreach to the state Legislature, and holds a key consumer advisor role in HCA’s 2021 initiative pioneering new ground in pediatric sepsis, sepsis in special needs populations, and integration of sepsis response across the continuum. HCA profiled Thibault in 2019. Katy Grainger was a keynote speaker at the 2020 national sepsis summit and is being featured in the Pacific Northwest sepsis summit later this spring.
Practitioners, agencies and health plans are encouraged to participate in HCA’s sepsis initiative and adopt the HCA sepsis tool.