Rory Staunton Foundation Marks Muhammad Ali’s Death from Sepsis by Launching New Online Sepsis Activism Tool

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New online tool enables individuals to advocate for improved sepsis protocols in their state. Sepsis kills up to 500,000 Americans annually; protocols in hospitals have been shown to reduce deaths from sepsis by up to 75%.

We are proud to be able to honor the great activist, Muhammad Ali, who died from sepsis, with a call to action and the launch of our new sepsis advocacy tool.

To commemorate the life of the late boxer and social activist, Muhammad Ali, who died from sepsis on Friday, June 3, the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention today launched a new online advocacy tool to empower individuals to advocate for improved sepsis policies in their state.

More than a million Americans develop sepsis, the body's life-threatening response to infection, each year; up to half of those afflicted die from the condition. Sepsis protocols in hospitals have been shown to drastically reduce mortality rates and hospital readmissions. In 2013, New York State adopted mandatory sepsis protocols for all hospitals. Known as “Rory’s Regulations” in honor of Rory Staunton, who died of sepsis at age 12, the protocols are projected to save between 5,000 and 8,000 lives annually, according to the New York Department of Health. The Foundation is working to implement mandatory sepsis protocols on all 50 states.

"We are proud to be able to honor the great activist, Muhammad Ali, who died from sepsis, with a call to action and the launch of our new sepsis advocacy tool. Ali knew that individual actions matter; as he said, 'Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth,'" says Ciaran Staunton, co-founder of the Rory Staunton Foundation.

The new Take Action page on the Rory Staunton Foundation website (https://rorystauntonfoundationforsepsis.org/take_action/) enables individuals to petition their Governors and state health officers to enact mandatory protocols, provides materials to educate others about the signs of sepsis and offers guidance for those interested in holding community sepsis awareness events.

Sepsis is the body’s extreme and deadly reaction to any kind of infection. Although the very young and old and those with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk, sepsis can affect anyone at any time from any kind of infection, including a graze, an abscessed tooth, a urinary tract infection or pneumonia. For more information on the signs of sepsis and how you can take action to reduce preventable deaths from sepsis, visit http://www.RoryStauntonFoundationForSepsis.org.

About the Rory Staunton Foundation
The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12 year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012. The Foundation seeks to ensure that no other young person or adult dies of sepsis because of lack of recognition of the deadly symptoms by the medical community and responsible authorities. In addition, the Foundation educates the public about the signs of sepsis and the need for immediate medical attention.

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