New York State leads the nation by becoming the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification and treatment of sepsis, a medical condition which is the number one killer in hospitals and the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States. These measures will be implemented through regulations issued by the Department of Health, and will save an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 lives per year.
Effective May 2013, all NYS hospitals are required to adopt evidence-based protocols for the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Known as Rory’s Regulations, in honor of Rory Staunton, NYS was the first state in the nation to implement such measures.The protocols must be submitted to the NYSDOH for approval and periodically updated, and hospitals are required to train all relevant staff in the protocols. Hospitals are also required to collect data and quality measures to make internal quality improvements, and to report data to the NYSDOH for use in monitoring compliance and updating best practices. Click here to view the Regulations.
CDC Sepsis Website-Provides fact sheets, clinical guidelines education resources, and tools, bibliography, data report on incidence and links to websites that provide additional information about sepsis.
Rory Staunton Foundation: Lessons on Sepsis for the Classroom, Resources about Sepsis and a Video, Sepsis: A Hidden Crisis Exposed
Guidelines and Clinical Tools for Recognizing and Managing Sepsis
Surviving Sepsis Campaign:International Guidelinehttp://www.qualityreportingcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/NYS-Severe-Sepsis-Resource-Guide508.pdfs for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock:2016-Provides Key recommendations and suggestions, listed by category, include: early quantitative resuscitation of the septic patient during the first 6 hrs after recognition.(2016)