Building awareness of sepsis and post-sepsis syndrome through a patient-led podcast

June 28, 2022

The newly launched Action on Sepsis Podcast focuses on telling the whole journey of sepsis from the perspective of the patient, along with input from healthcare workers, researchers, and other individuals advocating for improved sepsis care nationally and globally. It was developed by the Patient Advisory Council of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Action on Sepsis Research Excellence Cluster to improve awareness of sepsis among the public and healthcare workers, drawing on patients’ lived experiences to maximize impact and educate through story-telling.

Each series in our podcast focuses on the story of different sepsis survivor:

  • In Series 1, you meet your host, Kristine Russell, sepsis survivor and parent of a neonatal sepsis survivor. In this series, she discusses the long-term impacts of neonatal and maternal sepsis with clinicians and researchers at UBC and British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.
  • In Series 2 you meet Kristin MacDonald, sepsis survivor turned sepsis advocate. In this series, our host discuss the experiences of adult sepsis patients in the ICU with an intensivist from in Vancouver, Canada, and delves into the possible role of epigenetics in post-sepsis syndrome with a MD-PhD student at UBC.
  • In Series 3 you meet Shannon McKenney, a Juno-nominated singer and survivor of recurrent sepsis. In this series our host explores two different approaches to improving the identification and management of sepsis: 1) developing new diagnostics using machine learning and changes in gene expression during sepsis through research led by Dr Robert Hancock at UBC, and 2) a BC-wide network focused on improving the quality of sepsis led by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. We also discuss how patients and sepsis survivors can use their lived experiences to support research on sepsis with the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Since sepsis is preventable and treatable if recognized early, increased awareness of sepsis has the potential to significantly reduce death and disability. Yet public awareness of sepsis and post-sepsis is generally low, and health professionals outside of critical and intensive care medicine typically have limited experience identifying and managing care for patients with sepsis. The Action on Sepsis provides an accessible platform for in-depth conversations that can be downloaded and listened to at the listener’s convenience, supporting learning by health workers, researchers, and the general public.

You can listen to the podcast here, or find it on your favorite streaming platform.

First Nations land acknowledegement

Action on Sepsis operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples — xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We invite everyone to reflect on the traditional territories and land that they currently work and live on.

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