One Million Americans have Died in Four Years from Sepsis

On September 13, World Sepsis Day, the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention will hold its Fourth Annual Forum on Sepsis.

  • Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition stemming from infection
  • It is among the leading causes of death in the United States, claiming up to 500,000 lives each year
  • It kills more Americans than AIDS, breast cancer, and stroke combined
  • In the U.S., the cost of sepsis care is $26 billion annually
  • World Sepsis Day is global event, held annually to raise awareness of this public health crisis

The theme of this year’s Forum is Keeping Our Children Safe from Sepsis. Leaders in healthcare, education, patient advocacy, and public policy, including Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be on hand to help launch the Rory Staunton Foundation’s new range of education tools and public awareness campaigns that will bring sepsis education to every school-age child in America.


The Rory Staunton Foundation’s Fourth National Forum on Sepsis


Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

Randi Wiengarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Denise Cardo, Director, DHQP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Wednesday, September 13 @ 9a.m.


American Federation of Teachers National Headquarters

555 New Jersey Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

2017 has been year of milestones for sepsis in the United States and globally: In May, the World Health Organization adopted a landmark resolution to improve the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Keynote speakers will address the gathering momentum around sepsis awareness and care and the progress towards improved sepsis policy in the United States and beyond.

About the Rory Staunton Foundation

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the recognition and treatment of sepsis through public education and improved hospital protocols. Sepsis is the leading cause of death for infants and children worldwide.

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