New York moves to become first state fighting sepsis

Posted at: 01/29/2013 3:15 PM
Updated at: 01/29/2013 3:49 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton's 12 year old son Rory was big for his age, outgoing and quite bright.

He had just started learning to fly.

He suffered a small cut playing basketball.

At first everybody thought no big deal, but quickly he got quite ill, dying within three days.

"His temperature was 104, the highest ever, " said Ciaran Staunton, his father. "The pediatrician sent him to the emergency room and he was sent home. The next day his fever continued. He was still throwing up and later in the day his skin began turning blue."

Rory was discharged before receiving the results of a key blood test.

Many others in this country are already in the hospital, receiving treatment when they get exposed.

"More than 750,000 Americans get sepsis each year and over 200,000 die from it," said Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Health Commissioner.

The State Health Commissioner says the death rate from sepsis varies from 20 all the way to 50 per cent depending on where you seek treatment.

New York is becoming the first state in the nation to establish required protocols.

"A standard protocol to facilitate quick and accurate diagnosis and fast and effective treatment as soon as any signs of Sepsis arise," Dr. Shah explained.

"No one should lose 25% of their family because no one knew, or people didn't know about this," Ciaran Staunton said. "Sepsis is a killer in our midst."