HCA “Stop Sepsis at Home” Training Sessions Begin Dec. 15 Through March: Register Today!

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Registration is now open for HCA “Stop Sepsis at Home” training, for home care providers and system partners (including hospitals, nursing homes, physician (including hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, EMS and managed care plans) to participate in eight upcoming regional training sessions as part of HCA’s NYS Health-funded “Stop Sepsis at Home” initiative.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Rory Staunton’s Law

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Thank you, Governor Cuomo and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan. A new Bill has passed the legislature in New York State and been signed by the Governor to ensure that all New York State children learn about sepsis in their schools.
BILL NO. A06053A also known as “Rory’s Staunton’s Law,” “Directs the commissioner of education to collaborate with the department of health and other health organizations to establish regulations for a sepsis awareness and prevention program for school districts, boards of cooperative educational services and nonpublic school.”

Pennsylvania Health Care Report: 89% Increase in Hospital Admissions for Sepsis 2008-2016

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In a recent report by Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, sepsis hospital admissions were detailed to have increased 89% from 2008 – 2016. The article below details the number of sepsis hospitalizations in the region, by county, per 10,000 adult residents in 2016.

Lehigh Valley Hospital Stays For Sepsis Way Up

By Binghui Huang
Published by The Morning Call, October 4th, 2017

The number of Lehigh Valley hospital admissions for sepsis, an increasingly prevalent life-threatening complication from infections, increased by 69 percent over eight years, according to a state report released Wednesday.

Despite the drastic increase, the Lehigh Valley still fared better than the state, which saw an 89 percent increase in hospital admissions for sepsis from 2008-2016, according to the report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

The rise likely is due to an aging population suffering from chronic illnesses, as well as more awareness of the condition and improved detection, said Joe Martin, executive director of the state agency.

“Appropriate management of chronically ill patients remains a challenge, as reflected in these increased sepsis numbers,” Martin said in a news release.

In 2016, sepsis hospital stays cost insurers and medical assistance programs about $1.69 billion, according to the council.

The Lehigh Valley’s two hospital networks have been working to reduce sepsis mortality rates by detecting symptoms earlier and training staff to respond quickly.

To reduce sepsis mortality rates, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued national standards two years ago.

Regionally, Lehigh and Montgomery counties had the lowest sepsis rates in 2016, with 85.4 and 81.3 hospital admissions per 10,000 people respectively. Northampton and Berks counties fared the worst, with 133 and 124.7 hospital admissions per 10,000 people respectively. The statewide figure was 99.1. The rate was higher for those aged 65 and over, black and low-income residents. Demographic differences accounted for some of the disparity among counties, the report stated.

The rising rates reflect the state’s increasingly older population, said Matthew McCambridge, chief quality offficer at LVHN. And many hospitals have developed programs to reduce sepsis.

“It’s a big part of what we do,” McCambridge said.

Sepsis — the body’s reaction to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death — affects more than a million Americans every year and cases are rising, according to the National Institutes of Health. About 15 to 30 percent of people who get sepsis die.

The report found that the percentage of people who survive is on the rise. The statewide sepsis in-hospital mortality rate nearly halved from 2008 to 2016, when it was at 10.5 percent. And rates of readmission to the hospital within 30 days of the initial treatment dropped from about 1 out of every 4 sepsis patients to 1 out of every 5.

Those rates came down because of campaigns to detect and treat the infection, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines for treating sepsis in a timely manner, said Diana Tarone, a project manager at St. Luke’s University Health Network. The state report confirms that, she said.

In 2015, the latest year on file, all St. Luke’s hospital mortality rates for sepsis were below 10 percent, or better than expected, according to data compiled by the council. The network performed similarly in previous years. The mortality rates are measured against an expected rate based on the health of the population that goes to the hospital.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s rates were 19 percent for the Cedar Crest and 17th Street locations, and 25 percent for Muhlenberg, which is about the expected rate. LVHN administrators said their mortality rates have improved in recent years. This month, the network received recognition from a national organization partly for their efforts to reduce sepsis rates.

The council is expected to release sepsis mortality rates of individual hospitals next month, Martin said.

Number of Sepsis hospitalizations in the region, by county, per 10,000 adult residents in 2016:

Monroe 74.4

Montgomery 81.3

Lehigh 85.4

Bucks 103.2

Carbon 114.8

Schuylkill 119.6

Berks 124.7

Northampton 133

Source: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.



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Press Release

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New England Journal Of Medicine Confirms Viability of Rory’s Regulations
and Deems Sepsis is “A Public Health Crisis Worthy of a Policy Response”

-The Rory Staunton Foundation Calls on Health & Human Services,
Tom Price to Adopt Rory’s Regulations Nationally-

The Rory Staunton Foundation for the Prevention of Sepsis (http://www.rorystauntonfoundation.org) today reported on a new study released on May 21, 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) confirming that sepsis protocols in New York State hospitals are leading to expedited intervention and sepsis deaths steadily declining. Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton, who lost their son Rory, at twelve years old, from undiagnosed and untreated sepsis are the driving force in the adoption of New York State’s Rory’s Regulation protocols. Their unrelenting presence in the medical, institutional and governmental agencies, resulting in the NEJM abstract, are calling state and federal officials to action in the adoption of Rory’s Regulation protocols nationally.

Sepsis will kill upwards of 300,000 Americans in 2017 and will result in more that $20 billion in healthcare costs. Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton commented: “In light of this new evidence, we call on governors, health commissioners, and Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, to adopt these protocols nationally. Families across America, to date still do not know the meaning of the word sepsis and because of that and lack of policy, are losing their family members in droves. It’s time to enact these lifesaving, low-cost, simple regulations in every medical institution in the country. Constituents should hold their elected officials accountable and ask them why they are allowing this crisis to continue when it is within their power to prevent it.”

The NEJM study, co-authored by Dr. Chris Seymour, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Mitchell Levy, a physician and professor at Brown University’s medical school, examines data from New York and confirms that the sepsis regulations adopted in 2013 led to faster care and increased chances of survival for sepsis patients. Rory’s Regulations, require hospitals to follow a checklist of steps within the critical three hour window; including blood tests, checking blood lactate levels (a marker for sepsis) and beginning antibiotics. The faster hospitals completed the checklist, the lower the risk of death.

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming reaction to infection. It causes inflammation, damages tissue, and leads to organ failure and death. The Stauntons established the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention following their son’s death and actively campaign for the adoption of sepsis protocols in every state by 2020. Illinois adopted regulations in 2016 and Pennsylvania is moving to do so this year with more states to follow. The new study should bolster support for the regulations–and the Stauntons and their supporters will continue to fight at the state and national level until every hospital in the country operates with a sepsis protocol in place. None other than Atul Gawande, the physician, bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto, and author of the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist hailed the progress made by New York State as “impressive and important.” He added, “It’s real evidence that time matters.”

April 1st represented the fifth year since Rory’s Staunton’s death. “We are not going away. We demand a systemic change within our nation’s healthcare system. The most respected and recognized medical journal concurs with the benefits of Rory’s Regulations. The suggested “policy response” is long overdue,” Orlaith Staunton concluded.


New Jersey Call to Action – here’s how you can help right now!

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After a three-year campaign by residents, including sepsis survivor Nicole Taylor and her family, and the Rory Staunton Foundation, New Jersey has agreed to Mandatory Sepsis Protocols in ALL New Jersey hospitals!
But we’re not there yet…
Public comment on the proposed rule change will be accepted through August 18th. Your voice matters!  Go to NJ Department of Health Web Site now to comment.
The rule citation must be referenced when you comment, as follows:
“I want mandatory, life-saving sepsis protocols in New Jersey hospitals!”  “Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 8:43G-14.9/Hospital Licensing Standards – Infection Control: Sepsis Protocols
So, copy and paste the above and click HERE now to comment.
Yes, there are hospitals in NJ that have sepsis protocols in place, but not every hospital. what if you or your loved ones go to a hospital that doesn’t follow sepsis protocols?
We can NOT allow “choosing the right hospital” to determine life or death with regards to sepsis!
Let Commissioner Bennett know that you encourage her to implement these protocols immediately to start saving lives. ALL New Jersey residents deserve life-saving, sepsis protocols in ALL hospitals – NOW!
Join us in making New Jersey SAFE FROM SEPSIS!

NEJM: Recognizing Sepsis as a Global Health Priority — A WHO Resolution

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By Konrad Reinhart, M.D., Ron Daniels, M.D., Niranjan Kissoon, M.D., Flavia R. Machado, M.D., Ph.D., Raymond D. Schachter, L.L.B., and Simon Finfer, M.D.
Published by New England Journal of Medicine, August 03, 2017 |

“Some very important clinical issues, some of them affecting life and death, stay largely in a backwater which is inhabited by academics and professionals and enthusiasts, dealt with very well at the clinical and scientific level but not visible to the public, political leaders, leaders of healthcare systems. . . . The public and political space is the space in which [sepsis] needs to be in order for things to change.”

So said Sir Liam Donaldson, the former chief medical officer for England and the current World Health Organization (WHO) envoy for patient safety, on May 24, 2017.1 Two days later, the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO’s decision-making body, adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sepsis.2

The term “sepsis” dates back to at least the time of Hippocrates, who considered it the process by which flesh rots and wounds fester. More recently, it has been defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction resulting from infection. Despite this long history, sepsis has existed in the backwater described by Donaldson, and as a result innumerable patients around the world have died prematurely or faced long-term disability. This toll of unnecessary suffering drove Germany, with the unanimous support of the WHO executive board and at the urging of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), to propose the resolution adopted by the WHA. The resolution urges member states and the WHO director general to take specific actions to reduce the burden of sepsis through improved prevention, diagnosis, and management (see table).

The true burden of disease arising from sepsis remains unknown. The current estimates of 30 million episodes and 6 million deaths per year come from a systematic review that extrapolated from published national or local population estimates to the global population.3 The likelihood that the result was a significant underestimate was recognized by the authors, who could find no data from the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where 87% of the world’s population lives. Thus, their estimate is based on data on hospital-treated sepsis in high-income countries. This lack of data is compounded by the fact that sepsis is treated as a “garbage code” in the Global Burden of Disease statistics, where most deaths due to sepsis are classified as being caused by the underlying infection. Improving the coding of sepsis and establishing a proper accounting in those statistics are essential steps envisaged by the WHA.

The resolution also calls for health care workers to increase awareness of sepsis by using the term “sepsis” in communication with patients, relatives, and other parties.4 National surveys consistently report low community awareness of sepsis, its signs and symptoms, its causes, and its toll of death and disability. In Australia, only 40% of surveyed people had heard of sepsis and only 14% could name one of its signs. In Brazil, the figures are even lower, with 7% of surveyed people aware in 2014 and 14% in 2017. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, high-profile campaigns have proven effective and increased awareness to 55%, 62%, and 69%, respectively.

Ensuring greater awareness on the part of both the public and health care workers is a crucial step in reducing the global burden of sepsis. Approximately 70% of sepsis cases are community-acquired, and since treatment with appropriate antibiotics must begin early to be effective, educating people about seeking treatment without delay is key to preventing unnecessary deaths and disability. The progression from infection to sepsis can be insidious and is unpredictable. Although populations such as the very young, the very old, and the immunosuppressed are known to be at high risk and should be targeted for education, sepsis can affect anyone at any time, which means that national public awareness programs are needed.

Awareness programs should also teach health care workers both to recognize sepsis and to understand it as a true time-critical medical emergency. Government reports and individual patient stories consistently identify delayed treatment as a major cause of preventable death and disability.5 Encouraging patients, relatives, and health care workers to ask “Could this be sepsis?” saves lives.

Clear treatment guidelines and performance targets tailored to local environments and available resources are also essential. Effective examples of this approach that have reduced mortality can serve as templates to be adapted for local conditions and use; these include “Rory’s Regulations” in New York State, the “Sepsis Kills” program in New South Wales, Australia, the National Health Services’ commissioning levers in England, and a multifaceted education program in Brazil.

Promulgation of comprehensive treatment guidelines such as those developed by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign has been associated with reduced mortality in high-income countries, but guidelines written for and by clinicians in these countries may not be applicable in the LMICs that bear most of the sepsis burden. Context-specific guidelines or modification of current guidelines for individual LMICs will be most effective if the guideline process is led by local clinicians and policymakers; the resolution envisages the WHO, in collaboration with others, playing a role in the development and promulgation of such guidelines. In addition, attention to bolstering public health initiatives to prevent sepsis, surveillance systems for detecting outbreaks early, and provision of simple early treatment can help to counterbalance the effects of a lack of critical care facilities in many LMICs.

The WHO resolution recognizes the perceived conflict between rapid administration of antibiotics to treat sepsis and efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance. Global efforts to reduce the burden of sepsis must go hand in hand with measures to minimize antimicrobial resistance and be consistent with the WHO-approved Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. However, sepsis is the condition that is most appropriate to treat empirically with broad-spectrum antibiotics, with rapid deescalation based on identification of the causative organisms.

Progress toward the GSA’s vision of “a world free of sepsis” also requires recognition of the key role of prevention. Prevention of infection and resultant sepsis through vaccination; access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in homes, schools, and health care facilities; clean childbirth and surgical practices; and hand hygiene in health care facilities is already the focus of WHO programs. The new resolution on sepsis supports and reinforces these programs.

Increased awareness, early presentation to a health care facility or early recognition of health care–associated sepsis, rapid administration of appropriate antibiotics, and urgent treatment according to locally developed guidelines can significantly reduce deaths from sepsis. Since such measures have reduced case fatality rates in high-income countries, however, the substantial burden carried by survivors of sepsis has become clearer. The sequelae of sepsis can include clinically significant physical, cognitive, and psychological disability that often goes unrecognized and untreated. In LMICs, postdischarge mortality after sepsis is about the same as sepsis-related mortality in the hospital, and perinatal sepsis poses great and ongoing risks for both mother and infant. Yet around the world, coordinated services for sepsis survivors are virtually nonexistent.

The WHA resolution, with its implicit recognition of sepsis as a major threat to patient safety and global health, has the potential to save millions of lives. To realize this potential, the actions proposed in the resolution need to be taken. These actions require coordinated efforts by politicians, policymakers, health care administrators, researchers, and clinicians working with people of all ages in all health care settings and in the community. Actions will vary by region and country and must acknowledge the unique challenges faced by LMICs.

To read the original article on NEJM.org, please click here.

Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available at NEJM.org.
This article was published on June 28, 2017, at NEJM.org.
Source Information
From Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany (K.R.); the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom (R.D.); the Department of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, University of British Columbia (N.K.), and Synergy Business Lawyers (R.D.S.) — both in Vancouver, Canada; the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Intensive Care Medicine, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo (F.R.M.); and the George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney (S.F.). The authors constitute the Executive Board of the Global Sepsis Alliance.



The World Health Assembly Has Adopted a Resolution on Sepsis

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Misdiagnosed ‘Sepsis’ Now a Global Health Priority for World Health Organization

GENEVA – Sepsis, one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases, was established as a global priority today by the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the unanimous recommendation of the Executive Board of the WHO, the WHA adopted the resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis through a series of actions directed at developed and developing countries around the world. The resolution was adopted at the seventieth WHA, which is meeting between May 22-31 in Geneva.

Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure. Sepsis is often confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure and ultimately death.

The resolution urges the 194 United Nation Member States to implement appropriate measures to reduce the human and health economic burden of sepsis. In the USA alone, sepsis causes or contributes to half of all deaths in hospitals and has become the leading cause of annual hospitals costs, at over 24 billion USD per year.

The resolution also requests the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, to draw attention to the public health impact of sepsis and to 1) publish a report on sepsis and its global consequences by the end of 2018, 2) support the Member States adequately, 3) collaborate with other UN organizations, and 4) report to the 2020 WHA on the implementation of this resolution.

“Community-acquired and health care-acquired sepsis represent a huge global burden that has been estimated to be 31 million cases every year, six million of which result in death,” said Dr. Chan. “One in ten patients world-wide acquires one health care associated infection which often manifests itself with sepsis conditions. I commend the member states for the content of the resolution on sepsis which point to key actions that need to be taken to reverse these shocking statistics.”

The WHO has allocated $4.6 million USD to help implement their sepsis resolution.

The adoption of sepsis as a global priority was initiated by the Global Sepsis Alliance who gathered the consensus and authority of clinicians and families from over 70 countries.

“Worldwide, sepsis is one of the most common deadly diseases, and it is one of the few conditions to strike with equal ferocity in resource-poor areas and in the developed world,” said Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chairman of the Global Sepsis Alliance. “In the developed world, sepsis is dramatically increasing by an annual rate of 5-13 per cent over the last decade, and now claims more lives than bowel and breast cancer combined. When sepsis is quickly recognized and treated, lives are saved but health care providers need better training because they are the critical link to preventing, recognizing, and treating sepsis.”

The adopted Resolution on Sepsis states:

1. Each year, sepsis causes approximately six million deaths worldwide, most of which are preventable.
2. Sepsis is a syndromic response to infection and the final common pathway to death from most infectious diseases.
3. Sepsis represents the most vital indication for the responsible use of effective antimicrobials for human health.
4. The UN Member States urgently need to implement and promote measures for prevention; such as clean childbirth practices, infection prevention practices in surgery, improvements in sanitation, nutrition and delivery of clean water.
5. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are a major contributor to sepsis in children and adults; national immunization programs are needed urgently.
6. Sepsis is an emergency that requires time-critical actions, improved training of health care professionals and laypeople.
7. UN Member States are required to promote research aimed at innovative means of diagnosing and treating sepsis across all ages, including research for new antimicrobial and other novel medicines/interventions, rapid diagnostic tests, and vaccines.
8. Public awareness needs to be raised and encouraged, for example by using the term ‘sepsis’ when communicating with patients, relatives, and other parties, or by supporting World Sepsis Day, every year on September 13.
9. Integrated approaches to the prevention and clinical management of sepsis are urgently needed, including access to appropriate health care for survivors.
10. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system needs to be applied and improved to establish the prevalence and profile of sepsis and the development of specific epidemiologic surveillance systems.

“With the exception of maternal and neonatal sepsis, ‘sepsis’ as a diagnosis is not cited in the Global Burden of Disease statistics and is therefore not a priority by policy makers or health care authorities,” said Dr. Reinhart added. “In addition, it is mostly unknown and poorly understood by the public. Further preventable deaths occur as many healthcare professionals lack training and expertise in the prevention, early recognition, and evidence-based management of sepsis as a critical medical emergency.”

In most low and middle income countries, an integrated approach to managing sepsis through clinical and laboratory services and timely access to appropriate sepsis care is limited or absent. In high income countries, effective best practice approaches to the early recognition and management of sepsis are often poorly implemented.

Representatives of WHO are set to strike a Task Force with the GSA to develop the strategy to implement the resolution and to secure international political and financial support.

For its part, the GSA identifies its key priorities as: 1) achieving adequate documentation of sepsis in the global and national disease statistics and reports, 2) encouraging the development of national action plans for all countries, 3) fostering quality improvement initiatives on all levels of care and for all health care settings, and 4) collaborating with governmental and non-governmental bodies focused on strengthening health systems and improving patient safety.


Sepsis Protocols Initiative Launched in Wisconsin thanks to the National Family Council on Sepsis

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Today in Madison, Wisconsin, National Family Council Members Ann Ceschin and Tony Galbo held a very successful meeting with Wisconsin Health Services Secretary, Linda Seemeyer to address the issue of mandatory sepsis protocols throughout the state.

The State of Wisconsin Hospital Association already follow a set of guidelines Think Katie First named after Ann’s daughter Katie who died in January 2015 from undiagnosed sepsis. Tony and Liz Galbo’s daughter Gabby died in Illinois in May 2012 and they succeeded in having a set of mandatory sepsis protocols passed in her name “Gabby’s Law” which are now operated throughout the state of Illinois.

The National Family Council on Sepsis seeks to ensure that each state in the United States of America has mandatory sepsis protocols in place in all hospitals. The families of the council believe that it should not be like winning the lottery whether your loved one lives or dies, life saving protocols must be in all hospitals, sepsis deaths are preventable.

Illinois Governor Signs Mandatory Sepsis Protocols into Law

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Press Statement from the Rory Staunton Foundation and the Galbo Family


Sepsis Protocols Become Law in Illinois; Galbo Family and Rory Staunton Foundation Call on Other States to Follow;
Illinois becomes second state in the nation after New York to adopt mandatory sepsis protocols; Sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans each year.

August 18, 2016

URBANA, ILLINOISTony and Elizabeth Galbo and the Rory Staunton Foundation today announced the signing of Gabby’s Law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Sepsis is a medical condition which is the number one killer in hospitals and the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 258,000 victims die from sepsis every year – many of them unnecessarily. Since Gabby Galbo’s and Rory Staunton’s unnecessary and certainly untimely deaths, over 1 million Americans have lost their lives to sepsis. And the costs in treating unbridled sepsis reaches over $23 billion per year.

Experts agree that the key to fighting sepsis is ensuring quick diagnosis and treatment within the “golden hour” when it can be most effective. Pilot initiatives in some hospital systems have shown great strides in decreasing sepsis mortality through effective implementation of what is basically a “checklist”: a standardized protocol to facilitate quick and accurate diagnosis and fast and effective treatment as soon as any sign of sepsis arises. But no state, with the exception of New York, has required these simple protocols be implemented at all hospitals. Illinois represents a groundbreaking second.

Tony and Elizabeth Galbo, parents of five year old Gabriella Galbo who needlessly lost her life due to sepsis/septic shock in May of 2012, proudly met with Governor Rauner today in order to officially sign Gabby’s Law into effect. Bill 2403 known as Gabby’s Law will require Illinois hospitals to adopt, implement, and periodically update protocols for the early recognition and treatment of both adult and pediatric patients with sepsis or septic shock.

Gabby’s Law, based on Rory’s Regulations signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013, was drafted to address situations that occur every single day in leading medical institutions across the U.S., which led to the May 2012 unrecognized, untreated, and repeatedly ignored symptoms of sepsis which ultimately led to the death of Gabby Galbo from care which started at a local, well known level 1 trauma hospital.

“This new sepsis bill is vital to protect the citizens of Illinois, both adult and child from unrecognized and untreated sepsis,” the Galbo’s continued. “We hope Illinois, after following in the footsteps of Rory’s Regulations in New York, will trigger other states to immediately follow. If these protocols had been in place at the first hospital in which Gabby received care, we have no doubt that she would have lived. After Gabby’s death we knew something had to be done. Sepsis is very easily screened for, and is very treatable. Just weeks before Gabby’s death 12 year old Rory Staunton of NY died due to unrecognized and untreated sepsis in a major NYC medical institution.”

“I knew if the Staunton family successfully petition New York State to implement these sepsis protocols, then Illinois could and should implement them as well, as should every state,” said Tony Galbo. “I took a printout of Rory’s Regulations as they are named in New York, with me to Representative Bill Mitchell’s office and then to Senator Chapin Rose in order to express the urgent need for a sepsis protocol like this in Illinois so that no family should ever suffer the same consequences. This bill has, will, and is going to continue to save lives in the state of Illinois.”

“Since Gabby’s death four years ago in 2012, over one million Americans (258,000 people a year) have died of sepsis in the United States. Every state could and should adopt a sepsis protocol.
One of the biggest reasons every state does not have a sepsis protocol is because no one has asked! Ask! Take action, contact your governor, contact your state health secretary. Fill out a form which can be found on the www.RoryStauntonFoundation.org website under the Take Action tab, in which you can also find contact numbers for every state. Every day that goes by that legislation is not in place in your state, more needless deaths are occurring from sepsis. You don’t need to start from scratch to implement a sepsis protocol for your state. NY provided a model for IL, and IL and or NY can be the model for the next state,” said Elizabeth Galbo.

Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, the parents of Rory Staunton and founders of The Rory Staunton Foundation, added, “The Third National Forum on Sepsis will take place in New York City on September 12, 2016. We called the nation to action in implementing sepsis protocols in every state and are very proud that the national initiative that started with New York State is now gaining significant momentum. The Galbo family and Governor Bruce Rauner are fulfilling our mission. Let’s not stop in Illinois! Rory Staunton and Gabby Galbo died unnecessarily. Rory and Gabby deserved to come home from the hospital as does every sepsis patient seeking treatment in any medical institution.”


Orlaith Staunton
Rory Staunton Foundation
917­ 523 ­8467


Liz and Tony Galbo
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Read our original piece about Illinois Senate Passing Manatory Statewide Sepsis Regulations below:

Illinois Senate Passes Bill Mandating Statewide Sepsis Regulations

Exciting news out of Illinois last week! The State Senate has passed Bill 2403 mandating that all Illinois hospitals must adopt and implement sepsis protocols. The House will now vote to confirm the protocols.

The bill is based on Rory’s Regulations in New York and is the result of the tireless work of the Galbo family. Five year-old Gabrielle Galbo died from Sepsis on May 11, 2012. The protocols in Illinois will be known as Gabby’s Law, in her honor.

We congratulate the Galbos on their incredible work and welcome them to the National Family Council on Sepsis.

In an emotional conversation with them last night the Galbos committed to working with the Foundation in our efforts to have sepsis protocols in every state in America. Little Gabby should not have died and her parents have been unrelenting in their fight for justice in her name.


Sepsis: A Hidden Crisis Exposed

The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis awareness announces the release of a critical video
Sepsis: A Hidden Crisis Exposed

NEW YORK, N.Y.-February 25, 2015 – The Rory Staunton Foundation (www.rorystauntonfoundationforsepsis.org) today announced the launch of a critical sepsis awareness video entitled Sepsis: A Hidden Crisis Exposed. The video is available to watch and download at their website here.

Sepsis: A Hidden Crisis Exposed

A vitally important video about one of the most deadly infections in the world which is almost unknown in the United States. Sepsis kills over 258,000 Americans every year. Two families tell their tragic stories about their fight to have government agencies take responsibility and inform the American people about a disease that is largely curable, if detected on time.

The Staunton family, parents of Rory Staunton who died aged 12 years in April, 2012 and Carl Flatley, father of Erin Flatley, who died aged 23 in 2002 speak to the preventable deaths of their children and together with senior health officials make a passionate call to action for government agencies to address this deadly situation, immediately.

“Like countless other parents, we had never heard of Sepsis before Rory died. We established the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis awareness to educate others about Sepsis, so that what happened to us would not happen to them,” said Rory’s Mom, Orlaith Staunton.

About The Rory Staunton Foundation

The Rory Staunton Foundation seeks to ensure that no other young person or adult dies of sepsis because of lack of recognition of the deadly symptoms by the medical community and responsible authorities and to serve as a major information source for the medical condition’s symptoms and outreach efforts. For more information, please visit www.rorystaunton.com.


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Deirdre Hickey, 212.244.6294