Senator Gustavo Rivera and the New York Health Community Congratulate Governor Hochul for Proclaiming September Sepsis Awareness Month in New York City

Governor Kathy Hochul released a proclamation recognizing September as Sepsis Awareness Month in New York City. Affecting nearly 50,000 New Yorkers each year, sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues.

“I congratulate Governor Hochul on proclaiming September Sepsis Awareness Month in New York City. This important step will allow our state to continue to lead the national fight against this life-threatening disease that affects thousands of New Yorkers each year,” said Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee. “I look forward to continuing to work with our government and advocacy partners to further support sepsis education, prevention, detection and early treatment in honor of those who survived and as a legacy of those whose life was lost.”

When infection-fighting processes kick in on the body, organs malfunction and function abnormally. Certain population groups are more vulnerable to developing sepsis, such as the young, the elderly, those with chronic conditions, those with weakened immune systems, and those who face systemic health care disparities. health. Patients who develop and survive sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death later, as well as higher healthcare costs and longer treatment.

New York continues to be at the forefront of sepsis control efforts, developing and implementing policies and innovations across the health system. Hospitals statewide are incorporating “Rory’s Rules” and sepsis protocols and schools have implemented New York’s “Rory’s Law”. For more than five years, home care agencies have implemented a home sepsis screening and intervention tool and protocol, developed by the state’s Sepsis Assisted Home Care Association Alliance and ENDSEPSIS, which adds a critical layer of home and community testing.

“HCA congratulates Governor Kathy Hochul and Senate Health Chair Senator Gustavo Rivera on proclaiming September as Sepsis Awareness Month,” said President and CEO of HCA, Al Cardillo. “The collaborative work of all health sectors, public educators and government officials is imperative to combat this life-threatening medical emergency, which occurs 87% of the time at home and in the community. At HCA and in home care, we are a vital and committed partner in this cause with other healthcare sectors and under the national leadership of the Sepsis Alliance, and END SEPSIS-Legacy of Rory Staunton.

“Sepsis Alliance is grateful to New York for honoring Sepsis Awareness Month in 2022 at the state level. Observances like this can help increase awareness of sepsis, which can improve time to recognition and treatment, ultimately saving lives and limbs from this devastating disease. Thomas Heymann, President and CEO, Sepsis Alliance.

“With mandatory hospital sepsis protocols (Rory’s Regulations) and training requirements for healthcare workers, including home care providers, New York is leading the nation in the fight against sepsis. sepsis. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners and the New York State Legislature to end preventable deaths from sepsis and urge other states to follow New York’s lead and prioritize sepsis as a public health emergency. Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, END SEPSISRory Staunton’s Legacy.

“I would like to congratulate and thank Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Sepsis Alliance, END SEPSIS – Legacy of Rory Staunton, IPRO and the New York State Home Care Association for their efforts to raise awareness and educating the community about sepsis. As a survivor of severe sepsis, I am acutely aware of the physical and mental pain, disability and all too often death that sepsis inflicts on its victims. fervently hopes that these collective efforts will help reduce and perhaps one day eliminate the scourge of sepsis. Allan Filler, Sepsis Survivor and HCA Sepsis Initiative Advisor

“Sepsis is no stranger to me as I have unfortunately experienced sepsis not once, not twice, but many times. I currently have a central line which is intravenous access through the jugular vein in which I have daily food, medication and fluid infusions.

It is absolutely imperative to be aware of the signs, symptoms and risks associated with sepsis as well as a specific protocol. The majority of the population has no idea, idea, knowledge or experience of sepsis and that in itself is a recipe for disaster. Sepsis does not discriminate. Sometimes sepsis doesn’t start with a big injury or full-blown illness. Something the healthiest people wouldn’t fear. The possible results of this are hugely life changing.

I really cannot stress the importance of ongoing training and protocols to be put in place regarding this very emerging condition. I know that given my intense history with sepsis, if the tools and education were not in place, it is very possible that I would not be here today to write this. Jillian Thibault, Sepsis Survivor and HCA Sepsis Initiative Advisor

“HANYS has a long history of working with our members to improve the early identification and evidence-based treatment of sepsis in adults and children,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Sen. Rivera has been a tremendous champion for sepsis awareness. We are committed to continuing our partnerships with our members, clinical experts and policymakers in the common goal of improving patient care and outcomes. Bea Grause, RN, JD, President, New York State Healthcare Association

“Through our Patient Rights Helpline, we know that when a family is dealing with sepsis affecting a loved one, seconds can turn into minutes and minutes can turn into hours in terms of patient survival. Family caregivers know best when a family member is failing. If they understand the symptoms of sepsis, they can ask the hospital or healthcare provider for help. Raising public awareness of the symptoms of sepsis will help save lives! » Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, New York State Superior Action Council

“The MCHF believes that solving the sepsis crisis is a top healthcare priority. We thank those in the public and private sectors who are involved in the effort to address the causes and treatments of sepsis” Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

“Sepsis is a stealthy public health threat that remains unknown to many people despite claiming more lives than breast cancer, prostate cancer and opioid overdoses combined, including 350,000 Americans each year. and about 50,000 New Yorkers. When sepsis is most treatable, in the early stages, it is also the hardest to identify. Therefore, it is so important for people of all ages to know the signsespecially the elderly, who are the most susceptible. NYSOFA is proud to join our partner state agencies, the legislature, and organizations like HCA in raising awareness about this deadly, yet preventable disease. Greg Olsen, Director, New York State Office of Aging (NYSOFA)

“Sepsis is a deadly disease that claims the lives of 350,000 Americans each year, but more than 1.4 million survive. IPRO is proud to partner with leading health care organizations in New York State and across the country through data collection, public and professional education, and resources for survivors. Together, we work to promote the early identification of sepsis to enable emergent treatment and better outcomes. Sara Butterfield, RN, Vice President for Quality Improvement, IPRO

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