NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Rory Staunton Foundation (www.rorystaunton.com), today announced that Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is providing his full support to the Foundation’s mission to stop sepsis through education and awareness by holding Senate hearings on September 24th, 2013 at 10am.
“Sepsis kills more Americans than AIDS,” stated Ciaran Staunton, Rory’s father. "We gained a stronghold in the State of New York with Governor Cuomo mandating the Rory Regulations providing medical institutions with mandated criteria regarding early sepsis diagnosis, treatment and communication. The systemic failure that caused the totally preventable death of my twelve year old son must be immediately corrected across the country. I will speak for Rory and every child on September 24th at the U.S. Senate Hearings. This is my life’s mission.”
Senator Harkin, on World Sepsis Day, said, “No one should leave a hospital sicker than when they came in. We know that many healthcare-associated infections are preventable and easily treatable, given that our medical professionals have the right education and training about symptoms and warning signs. Hundreds of thousands of Americans contract sepsis infections each year — so we must take bold steps to prevent these needless illnesses and death."
The Rory Staunton Foundation seeks to reduce the number of deaths from sepsis through education and outreach aimed at faster diagnosis and effective treatment of sepsis, particularly in children.