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March 17, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Saving Lives: New York’s Hospitals Rise to Sepsis Challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s hospitals have achieved a significant, consistent reduction in sepsis mortality rates since Rory’s Regulations went into effect.  Sepsis mortality has had a relative decrease of almost 16% over the past two years, resulting in many lives saved. 

Named for the late Rory Staunton, these regulations established first-in-the-nation requirements for hospitals to adopt evidence-based protocols to improve identification and treatment of sepsis in children and adults. The regulations also require sepsis data collection and reporting to measure protocol adherence and develop a methodology for risk-adjusted mortality.  Hospitals in New York have enthusiastically embraced the mission of improving sepsis care and are committed to further improving the promising results announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“Our hospitals have answered the call, and are passionate about this work,” said Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) President Bea Grause, R.N., J.D., “We know there is more work to be done, and our hospitals are committed to further improving sepsis care.” 

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It is difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Under Rory’s Regulations, hospitals are required to implement protocols that screen patients to identify those with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock earlier, as well as establish guidelines for treatment, including the early delivery of antibiotics. 

“HANYS commends the Staunton family, Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Zucker, and the New York State Department of Health for their leadership in this groundbreaking initiative. HANYS is so proud of our members’ progress. New York hospitals are making important contributions to the body of knowledge on how to deal with sepsis, and this is resulting in improved care, and outcomes for all patients,” said Ms. Grause, “HANYS will continue to support these efforts through our participation on the New York State Sepsis Advisory Committee, the HANYS Statewide Sepsis Support Network and the New York State Partnership for Patients Initiative.” 

The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention provides additional information about efforts to combat sepsis nationwide.