Faster is Better When it Comes to Sepsis Care

Dr. Christopher W. Seymour

We can finally say that faster is better when it comes to sepsis care.

Following the tragic and widely publicized death of Rory Staunton, 12, from undiagnosed sepsis in 2012, New York became the first state to require that hospitals follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat the condition.

The mandate led to widespread controversy in the medical community as to whether such steps would have saved Rory or anyone else’s life.

Now, five years after the boy’s death, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine-led study covering nearly 50,000 patients from 149 New York hospitals is the first to offer scientific evidence that “Rory’s Regulations” work. The announcement—which gives fuel to other states…

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