Sepsis Conference Announced by Rory Staunton Foundation

Senator Schumer to speak at Sepsis Forum

National Forum on Sepsis: Defeating the Killer
Washington D.C., September 17th, 2014

Senator Charles E. Schumer Will Address the Forum as the Keynote Speaker 

The Rory Staunton Foundation and North Shore- LIJ Health System have joined forces and will convene a panel of experts to explore the current failing methods of addressing sepsis care and share ideas for a fresh approach. The forum takes place at the Top of the Hill Conference Center in Washington D.C. on September 17th, 2014.

The Sepsis Forum takes place at the same time as a recent abstract was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) authored by leading physicians at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and sepsis investigators from the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan which presented critical information not previously discussed.

The alarming new information shows that sepsis contributes to more deaths in America than previously recognized; in fact the authors concluded that sepsis contributed to 1 in every 2 to 3 deaths.

The majority of people who die from sepsis arrived at the hospital with the illness. Previously sepsis was believed to have been acquired in the hospital. This new information is critical to the general public because of the urgency required for individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis and get treatment as soon as possible. In addition hospitals must now identify sepsis in their Emergency Departments and Physicians need to know the signs of sepsis when patients present with the symptoms.

Following on this, more people die from sepsis who present at hospitals in the early stages of sepsis than those presenting with advanced sepsis. The responsibility now lies with the hospitals to identify sepsis in the early stages and provide aggressive use of appropriate antibiotics in the early stages when lives can be saved.

Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, Founders of the Rory Staunton Foundation, commented, “Our son Rory did not have to die. Sepsis is not being given the urgent recognition of a deadly disease and it has fallen under the radar screen in medical literature and with government agencies. We need to defeat this killer which claims over 258,000 Americans a year and is the biggest killer of children in the world. We are not waiting for a cure. We know we need to identify sepsis, make a diagnosis and treat appropriately and aggressively. No other parent needs to suffer as we do.”

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