Sepsis Education in Schools

Reducing the devastating mortality rates from sepsis begins with increasing our knowledge of infection prevention and treatment and learning the signs of sepsis so that immediate medical attention can be sought.

In 2017, the New York State Departments of Health and Education came to the decision that every student in grades K-12 should receive comprehensive sepsis education programming. The State looked to the Rory Staunton Foundation to develop a sepsis curriculum that would progressively educate students about the importance of a ‘back to basics’ approach to preventing infection, understanding the risks and signs of sepsis, and taking responsibility for educating others in the community about infection and sepsis by devising public health awareness campaigns. You can visit New York State’s sepsis page by clicking here.

The Rory Staunton Foundation collaborated with the American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.7 million professionals to produce the lessons plans found here. The AFT division of Nurses and Health Professionals is comprised of over 130,000 nurses, doctors, social workers and other health professions. Teachers and school nurses from all states are encouraged to download the lessons, free of charge, and use them to help students gain knowledge that will help them and their loved ones live healthier lives, drastically reducing the risk that sepsis will upend their lives. The curriculum is also available on the AFT’s Share My Lesson platform, an award–winning online community used by over 1.2 million educators nationwide.

Also included here are the resources references in the modules to help you teach compelling and memorable lessons.

Ouch! I Got a Cut!

A read-along picture book for young children teaches a back to basics approach to wound care through the story of a fun day out with three best friends. It is available for purchase on Amazon.


Sepsis: What You Need to Know to Save a Life

Sepsis Lesson Plans: