The Rory Staunton Foundation hosted the first national forum on sepsis Wednesday, September 17, in Washington, DC. Rory Staunton was a 12-year-old boy from Queens, whose 2012 death from sepsis created a nationwide movement to address the issue of childhood sepsis and its treatment. Sepsis is a condition in which the body’s immune system has a severe response to infection. It is estimated that sepsis kills tens of millions of people worldwide every year. In the US alone, approximately 215,000 die of sepsis each year – more than breast cancer, colon cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined.
Watch the videos below to learn more about sepsis, the Rory Staunton Foundation, and what The North Shore-LIJ Health System and Feinstein Institute have done to reduce sepsis mortality.