Inaugural Meeting of the
Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium

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This month, Ciaran Staunton traveled to Boston to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium. In Massachusetts, sepsis and disseminated infections are the third leading cause of hospitalization after labor and newborn delivery. The Consortium brings together relevant organizations and institutions to develop and execute statewide initiatives to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sepsis.

In addition to the Rory Staunton Foundation and the National Family Council on Sepsis, the Consortium includes state agencies and legislators such as the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MassHealth, and the department of Public Health, and health care associations and insurers, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association.

We are pleased that Massachusetts has launched this response to the sepsis crisis and look forward to collaborating with our peers in the sepsis space. Our special thanks to the members of the MA National Family Council on Sepsis who attended the kickoff meeting, particularly the family of Emily Edwards, pictured here, which has been fighting so hard for the adoption of sepsis protocols in their home state. We continue to believe that any response to sepsis must include mandatory sepsis protocols and we will continue to work towards this goal in Massachusetts and across the country.