MEDIA ADVISORY: National and State Leaders in Healthcare Policy Join Forces for Fifth National Forum on Sepsis in New York City

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Leaders from the CDC, CMS, and New York State will gather to discuss their plans for combatting sepsis, which kills more than 250,000 Americans annually–hosted by the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention ( is holding its annual National Forum on Sepsis this Friday, October 26, at the New York Academy of Medicine. The event will be attended by leaders from the healthcare, government, patient advocacy, and biotechnology sectors. This year’s event, Breaking Through in the Fight Against Sepsis, will examine new national initiatives in the quest to combat sepsis and the latest breakthroughs in sepsis research. This will include the data recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which revealed that New York State had successfully reduced pediatric sepsis deaths by 40% following the implementation of mandatory sepsis protocols.

With the recent highly-publicized death of Paul Allen, Founder of Microsoft, sepsis continues to make front page news.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner of Health for New York State
  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Jean Moody-Williams, Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Dr. Tim Buchman, Senior Advisor, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
  • Members of the National Family Council on Sepsis

Sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection, is the leading killer of infants and children worldwide. In the United States, it claims more lives each year than breast and prostate cancers, AIDS, and opioid overdoses combined.

The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention was established in 2013, following the death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from undiagnosed sepsis. The Foundation works to end preventable deaths from sepsis through education, awareness, and improved sepsis policies. The Foundation has been the driving force behind the passage of pioneering sepsis legislation, including Rory’s Regulations, the mandatory sepsis hospital protocols that have saved thousands of lives in New York and other states, and Rory Staunton’s Law, which provides comprehensive K-12 sepsis education to every school child in New York State and mandates sepsis training for all healthcare professionals.

WHO: The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention
WHAT: The Fifth National Forum on Sepsis
WHEN: Friday, October 26th, 2018 at 10.30am-3pm
WHERE: New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue, New York

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

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