About Orlaith Staunton
After losing her son Rory to sepsis, Orlaith and her husband established The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention. Sepsis kills more than 250,000 Americans every year—more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined. Yet, Orlaith’s organization has discovered that 60 percent of Americans are not familiar with the disease because it is almost always listed as flu or pneumonia on death certificates and within medical records.
About Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention
The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention seeks to reduce the number of sepsis-caused deaths through education and outreach aimed at faster diagnosis and effective treatment of sepsis, particularly in children. Orlaith’s efforts have already had a far reaching impact. In January 2013, less than one year after Rory’s death, the state of New York adopted a mandated set of protocols, known as “Rory’s Regulations,” which require hospitals to screen patients suspected of sepsis and to expedite prompt treatment with antibiotics. It’s estimated that Rory’s Regulations will save up to 8,000 New Yorkers every year.
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