Governor Cuomo Signs Rory Staunton's Law
In the last week of October, Governor Cuomo of New York State signed a new education law into effect, ensuring that all children in New York State learn about sepsis in school.
This marks a huge step, as early recognition and awareness are essential in the global fight against sepsis and educating school children about the signs of sepsis will spread awareness and save lives. We hope this motivates other states and countries to follow this shining example from New York State.
Bill No. A06053A, also known as “Rory Staunton’s Law”, “...directs the commissioner of education to collaborate with the department of health and other health organizations to establish regulations for a sepsis awareness and prevention program for school districts, boards of cooperative educational services, and nonpublic schools.”
The Rory Staunton Foundation, which worked closely with Governor Cuomo's office to make this happen, was established after the tragic death of Rory Staunton, a young and healthy boy who died from sepsis in April 2012. His parents mission is to ensure that no other child or young adult dies of sepsis resulting from the lack of a speedy diagnosis and immediate medical treatment. The Rory Staunton Foundation also published a very interesting and informative short video on sepsis (embedded below), to help raise awareness for sepsis.
For more information, please visit the website of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention.