Pennsylvania Steps Up on Sepsis as it Moves Towards Mandatory Protocols

Pennsylvania, National Family Council, Rory Staunton Foundation on Sepsis Prevention

On Wednesday the Rory Staunton Foundation and the National Family Council on Sepsis joined the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy, State Representatives and sepsis survivors at a press conference announcing major new sepsis initiatives in Pennsylvania. We have have been working constructively with Secretary Murphy’s staff to see mandatory sepsis protocols adopted in Pennsylvania’s more than 220 hospitals and we are delighted with the state’s energetic response.

At the press conference, Pinnacle Health launched its Knock Out Sepsis Campaign, which will build on the health system’s remarkable success in reducing sepsis mortality rates by 40%.

As part of the sepsis campaign in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf also issued a Proclamation designating September as Sepsis Awareness Month and encouraged all Pennsylvanians to pursue preventive health practices and early detection efforts in order to be vigilant regarding this public health epidemic.

Following the conference, Ciaran Staunton from the Rory Staunton Foundation and National Family Council member Chris Aiello, a Pennsylvania resident whose daughter Emily died from sepsis at the age of 15, met with staff from Governor Wolfe’s office and other legislators to discuss the significant progress the state is making towards mandatory sepsis protocols. We look forward to Pennsylvania becoming a #SepsisSafe state!