Ireland’s Commitment to
Sepsis Awareness

Ciaran Staunton congratulated the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and The Irish National Health Service for introducing the first
national standard in the world for sepsis care.

By Matthew Skwiat, Contributing Editor
August / September 2015

On July 2, Ciaran Staunton introduced the Rory Staunton Sepsis Video at the opening of the first National Irish Sepsis Summit held in Dublin, Ireland.

The Rory Staunton Foundation was set up in 2013 by Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton in honor of their son. Rory died at age 12 after he contracted sepsis from a cut he received in gym class.

In his remarks, Ciaran welcomed the National Clinical Effectiveness Guideline the Irish government has just put in place to tackle sepsis in all patients, both adult and children in emergency departments and in hospital wards.

Ireland’s Health Minister Leo Varadkar said, “The goal of this summit is to make sure that the new Sepsis Guideline is put into practice in order to save lives. Sepsis needs to be recognized and treated at the earliest possible stage.”

Irish Sepsis statistics were shared by the Department of Heath:

In 2013, approximately 60 percent of hospital mortality had a diagnosis of sepsis or infection, and 16 percent of hospital deaths had a specific sepsis ICD-10-AM diagnosis code, although sepsis may not necessarily have been the underlying cause of death.

The total number of in-patients with a diagnosis of sepsis is estimated to be 8,831 accounting for 221,342 bed days in 2013.

In 2013, the mortality rate of patients with a diagnosis of sepsis who were admitted to an intensive care environment was 28.8 percent.

The Rory Staunton Foundation has continuously called on governments to institute measures to advance the identification of sepsis and save lives. At the summit, Ciaran shared the tragic story of his son Rory and the neglect that caused his death.

Thanks to lobbying efforts of Ciaran and Orlaith, in January, 2013, New York State led the nation by becoming the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification and treatment of sepsis.

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For more information on the Rory Staunton Foundation, visit: rorystaunton.com

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