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NYS Dept. of Health issues new regulations to fight sepsis

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Sepsis is a deadly medical condition and the number one cause of death in hospitals, best treated within the first hour of diagnosis.

For that reason alone, Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health are laying out some new reforms for screening and treatment.

The regulations will be called "Rory's Regulations", named after a Queens boy who lost his life in April because of sepsis.

Ciaran Staunton says his 12-year-old son Rory was playing basketball in gym class, when he fell and got a cut on his arm. Rory was a healthy boy, but his health took a drastic turn for the worse. Sepsis, progressive shutdown of a body's organs and systems, was not diagnosed until a few days later, when it was too late.

"This is a killer in our midst. We did not know about sepsis until our son was dead," says Staunton.

Staunton and his wife say an earlier diagnosis and antibiotics could have saved Rory's life, and the NYS Department of Health agrees.

"Sepsis kills more people annually than AIDS, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined," says Dr. Nirav Shah, the NYS Health Commissioner.

"Rory's passing has saved a lot of lives," adds Staunton. "In times where the parents have gone back to the emergency ward and said we want you to rule out sepsis, in each case it was sepsis."

The Stauntons say their fight to bring awareness to sepsis will not stop at the state level, they plan to go to a federal level with "Rory's Regulations."

"No one should lose 25 percent of their family because most people didn't know about this," says Staunton.

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