It’s Sepsis Awareness Month!

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month and the Rory Staunton Foundation will be busy! Check out some highlights from our calendar:

September 8:
Ciaran Staunton takes part in the 1st World Sepsis Congress. More than 6,500 people from across the globe have registered to take part in this online event. Other speakers include national health ministers, high-level representatives from the UN and WHO and leading healthcare experts.

September 12:
Third National Forum On Sepsis, Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis PreventionThe Rory Staunton Foundation’s Third National Forum on Sepsis – New York: New Ideas on Sepsis. We welcome healthcare professionals, policy experts, educators and patient advocates for a discussion of New York’s work addressing sepsis through education in schools, public awareness, caregiver education and training and hospital protocols. In addition, the CDC will present its new sepsis initiatives.

September 13:
World Sepsis Day! Look out for new resources and campaigns from the Rory Staunton Foundation.

September 21:
Ciaran Staunton will address a gathering of more than 800 representatives from hospitals, nursing homes and home and healthcare clinics at the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations Annual Conference.


Third National Forum on Sepsis

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How hard it is to believe that the Rory Staunton Foundation’s Third National Forum on Sepsis is taking place on September 12th, 2016. Hard to believe because we are still fighting for sepsis to attain the stature it deserves among public and medical consciousness. It has been an uphill fight for us here at the Foundation, particularly dealing with some government agencies but we are happy to say that we have won many battles and saved many lives along the way.

Sepsis is killing over 250,000 Americans every year and many more who survive are dealing with horrendous medical conditions as a result of sepsis. Families are being torn apart because of sepsis and because of this we will never be silent. Our own lives and those of our fellow travelers at the National Family Council on Sepsis are changed forever, and it need not be this way, septic shock is preventable and we are not waiting for a cure-early diagnosis and treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics and iv fluids will and does save lives. But first we must think sepsis.

We are proud to be celebrating the work of New York State at this year’s Forum. New York State’s Department of Health instituted Rory’s Regulations in response to Rory’s death and in doing so we have saved thousands of lives. Hospitals throughout New York State have introduced sepsis protocols and our Homecare Agencies has begun educating their workers, teachers are educating about sepsis in schools. New York State is the template for other states to follow and just like Rory’s Regulations and the Parents Bill of Rights is saving thousands of lives here in New York it is also inspiring National Family Council Members to do similar work in their loved ones names in other states.

Click here for more information about the Third National Forum on Sepsis.

A Direct Plea to the Health Secretary and CDC: Heed Britain’s New National Directive and Treat Sepsis with Same Urgency as Heart Attack

Sepsis should be treated with urgency of suspected heart attack

The following press release is our response to the newly-released sepsis guidelines, released in Britain, which emphasize the critical importance of early diagnosis of by clinicians :

“In a landmark action, Britain’s health care watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has issued a new guideline that instructs all health professionals to treat patients who show signs of sepsis with the same urgency as those with suspected heart attacks.

For the millions of American families whose loved ones have died needlessly from sepsis as a result of fatal delays in sepsis diagnosis and treatment, this guideline is a welcome development guaranteed to save many thousands of lives in Britain, where sepsis is responsible for 44,000 deaths each year. It is also a reminder of the inadequacies of the response of the U.S. government and healthcare system to sepsis, which must be classified as a full-blown public health crisis: In the United States, sepsis is responsible for between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths each year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On behalf of our own family, which has endured the anguish of losing a child to a death that was entirely preventable, and the families of the National Family Council on Sepsis, we issue a direct appeal to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews-Burwell, and CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, to endorse similar guidelines to protect Americans from this devastating condition. We hope that Britain’s actions will inspire our government to address sepsis with the urgency it so clearly deserves and enact the systemic, nationwide change that will save thousands of American lives.”

  • Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton

The Stauntons are the co-founders of the Rory Staunton Foundation, a leading sepsis advocacy organization. (

About the Guidelines
The NICE guideline instructs clinicians so start asking the basic question, “Could this be sepsis?” in any situation where an infection may be present as a first step in diagnosis and treatment. Rapid identification and treatment of sepsis is critical to avoiding fatalities and devastating disabilities, including amputations and cognitive damage. Sepsis is the body’s overreaction to any type of infection, which can lead to tissue and organ failure and, ultimately, death. Sepsis can affect anyone at any time, with even minor injuries resulting a catastrophic outcome. Such was the case with 12-year-old Rory Staunton, who died after grazing his arm playing basketball.

The NICE guideline provides clinicians with the signs and symptoms that indicate sepsis and its severity and describe the diagnostic tests and monitoring procedures required to diagnose and treat the patient. If identified as high risk, the guideline instructs that the patient be rushed to hospital by and ambulance and immediately seen by senior doctor or nurse.

NICE ( is an executive non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. It is charged with producing guidelines, based on evaluations of efficacy and cost-effectiveness, for clinical practice, the use of health technologies within the NHS, guidance for public sector workers on health promotion and ill-health avoidance and social care services and users.

About the Rory Staunton Foundation
The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12 year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the recognition and treatment of sepsis through public education and improved hospital protocols. Sepsis is the leading cause of death for infants and children worldwide.

Life is Precious, Treasure Every Moment

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Life is precious, treasure every moment. You never know when your picture, your life, will be torn apart.

Rory Staunton Foundation Extends Sepsis Awareness Campaign to Indiana

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Ciaran Indiana TV interview_croppedCiaran Staunton is interviewed by Indiana’s Fox59 Morning News

Recently, as part of the Rory Staunton Foundation’s ongoing campaign for sepsis awareness, Ciaran Staunton was a keynote speaker at the Indiana Patient Safety Center’s (IPSC) Patient Safety Summit in Indianapolis. Part of the Indiana Hospital Association, IPSC has been working with Indiana hospitals to improve sepsis awareness, early recognition and rapid treatment – with promising results.

The theme of this year’s Summit was The Power of One: Patient Safety Starts with You. The Rory Staunton Foundation was invited to speak as a compelling example of how a single, determined family can have a profound impact on patient safety for all Americans. Ciaran spoke about his family’s personal experience with sepsis and the work that the Rory Staunton Foundation has done on education and awareness, improving sepsis protocols in hospitals and advocating for increased federal resources to combat the sepsis public health crisis. While in the Hoosier state, Ciaran was interviewed by several network television news shows about sepsis and the campaign for for awareness and education.



Memorial Weekend, the start of summer, brings with it a wish from us that everyone stays safe and well.

Please remember to wash all cuts and wash your hands-this is the best way to avoid an infection. A tick bite, a mosquito bite, a scrape, all of these conditions, and many more, can, and do turn infectious.

Be an advocate for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to ask medical professionals questions about a diagnosis or to speak up if you have concerns. There is so much being written these days about antibiotic responsibility, the most responsible thing to do is to avoid infection.

Antibiotics save lives, and we should never forget that-if you are worried that you are being denied an antibiotic ask what the reason for not giving an antibiotic is, if you are septic you need an antibiotic.

Sometime ago we received this message:

” I am so sorry that your beautiful son was tragically taken from you…God rest his gentle soul…My grandmother of 28 died of sepsis as a result of a burst appendix in 1932…I often think of her even though I never knew her. My mother, eighty three years later still talks of that time and the huge loss of Nora her beloved mother. I always thought that if only antibiotics had been around then, Nora would have survived.

It is shocking to read that your Rory did not get the antibiotics which would have saved him. In this advanced era of medical knowledge it should not have happened. We trust our doctors and rely on their expertise.”

Rory would be alive if he had received antibiotics. Advocate and understand your treatment if you are sick. Trust but verify.

Rory Staunton Foundation & National Family Council on Sepsis Meet with CDC in Atlanta


The Rory Staunton Foundation and National Family Council on Sepsis members, Ann Ceschin and Chris Aiello, were in Atlanta this week for a two-day meeting with the CDC and other patient advocate groups to discuss sepsis and other causes of preventable deaths.

CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, declared at the meeting that “the status quo on sepsis is not acceptable”. We couldn’t agree more! We look forward to some positive developments on sepsis coming from the CDC in the near future after our productive conversations this week.

CDC to Launch New Sepsis Initiative

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At a meeting held last week in Washington D.C. with the Rory Staunton Foundation, the National Family Council on Sepsis and congressional staff, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committed to the launch of a multimillion dollar, multi-year public awareness campaign dedicated solely to educating the public about sepsis. This campaign marks a breakthrough in the sepsis crisis in the United States. It is the first time the CDC has dedicated such significant resources to combating sepsis, which kills more than 250,000 Americans each year, leaves thousands more with devastating disabilities and is the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals.

The meeting was convened by Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) offices and instigated by families whose loved ones have died from sepsis.  Staff members from the offices of the families’ congressional representatives were also in attendance. Congressional representatives of the members of the National Family Council on Sepsis will formally request the budget for the campaign.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the CDC can work to reduce sepsis mortality rates through education and awareness programs targeting the general public, the media and healthcare professionals.  Speaking after the meeting, Orlaith Staunton, Rory’s Mom said, “It was moving to sit at a table with other families who are mourning their loved ones. Since we buried our beautiful son, Rory, over one million Americans have died from sepsis. Many of those deaths were preventable. We welcome the recent decision and look forward to working with the CDC and others to the make the campaign a success.”

Sepsis News From The Rory Staunton Foundation, April 2016

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Here is our first edition of Sepsis News – a newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest developments in the fight against sepsis. To get this quarterly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, sign up at the bottom of this webpage.

Click here to read the current edition of our newsletter.

Stepping Out Sepsis – Emily Edwards’ Family Honors Her​ with 5K Race/1 Mile Stroll​

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Rory Staunton Foundation, Emily Edwards, Stepping Out Sepsis in honor of Emily EdwardsOn May 8, 2015, Becky Taylor’s family was changed forever. Her beloved aunt, who was also a mom, grandmother, sister and friend, was taken from them at the age of 67.
Emily Edwards’ killer was identified to her family as sepsis, a condition they had never before heard of.

After the loss of her aunt, Becky began to do some research, trying to understand how sepsis could take the life of a health woman so suddenly.  As she learned about sepsis, she began to realize how widespread it was, how many lives it claimed, how many families it shatters each year and how few people have heard of it.

She and her cousins decided to take action. They began a mission to spread awareness of sepsis and help people understand when to seek medical help. They launched the S.O.S Stepping Out Sepsis 5k race/1 mile stroll in their home town of Dracut, Massachusetts. The event will educate the community about sepsis and raise funds in support of the Rory Staunton Foundation. The first annual race will be held on May 8, 2016 – the first anniversary of Emily Edwards’ death.

Anyone can register for the race or contribute financially to the appeal.

Here are the details:

What: S.O.S Stepping Out Sepsis 5k race/1 mile stroll

When: May 8, 2016 at 9am

Where: Centralville Sportsmen’s Club, 308 Wheeler Rd, Dracut, MA 01826

To Register:

For more information, email Becky at or connect on Facebook at .

Raffle tickets will be on sale for a number of great items, including a hockey stick signed by the Boston Bruins.

We would like to thank Becky Taylor and her family for raising funds for the Rory Staunton Foundation, which will be used to educate our communities about sepsis.