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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Stafford Hospital fighting Facebook postings about sepsis
Stafford officials took to their Facebook page Friday night to defend the hospital and combat what they say are the postings of three people on their individual Facebook pages.
The hospital’s post said, “We have become aware of an internet rumor claiming that sepsis mortality at Stafford Hospital is elevated. We want to correct this inaccuracy. The New England Journal of Medicine reports most hospitals have 30-60% mortality rate for patients with sepsis. Stafford Hospital has a less than 14% mortality rate for these patients. In fact, national 2010 data indicates that the average mortality rate for similar sized hospitals is 33.3%.”
A search of Facebook this morning found two postings about Stafford Hospital and sepsis. The postings are from three days ago and are on the individual Facebook pages of Rebecca Hensley of Shenandoah, Va., and Emily Bierlein Serraro. The postings are identical and warn people not to go to Stafford.
The posting says: “I know of 3 people that unfortunately passed away from sepsis in the recent month at this hospital…every individual went in for normal procedures & within days passed away from sepsis. Obviously there is a serious problem @ the hospital they are not going to release to the public please pass this on to anyone that you care about & love!”
Neither person responded this morning to Facebook messages, asking for comment.
Sepsis is a serious, system-wide response to an infection. Usually, sepsis results from a bacterial infection. It is often acquired in a hospital.
(For more details, see the story here in Tuesday’s paper.)