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Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York


Added 07-16-19 12:07:02pm EST - “Sepsis, the body's overreaction to infection, strikes more than a million Americans a year and kills more than 250,000. Evidence suggests that regulations can improve its diagnosis and patient care.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Bacteria (purple) in the bloodstream can trigger sepsis, a life-threatening illness. STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/ScienceSource hide caption

An unusual state regulation that dictates how doctors need to treat a specific disease appears to be paying off in New York, according to a study published Tuesday.

The disease is sepsis, which is the most common cause of death in hospitals. And the regulations came into being after the story of 12-year-old Rory Staunton became a cause célèbre.

As his mother Orlaith Staunton tells it, Rory came home from school one day with a scrape he'd gotten in gym class. It didn't seem like a big deal, but Rory's health quickly took a turn.

"During the night I heard him throwing up and I went out and he said, 'It's my leg, Mom, it's my leg.'"

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