Governor Cuomo announces New York to lead the nation in fighting sepsis


Healthcare Association of New York State President Daniel Sisto said, "Governor Cuomo's sepsis initiative will provide a tremendous boost to our collective efforts to combat this debilitating illness. HANYS is committed to working with our members to continually improve sepsis care, and to ensure that the needs of pediatric patients and their caregivers are met. We will continue to work closely with national experts such as the Surviving Sepsis Campaign to provide educational and best practice resources to our members, and with the Governor and the Department of Health to develop regulations designed to improve patient outcomes."

Michael Dowling, president and CEO, North Shore-LIJ Health System, said, "North Shore-LIJ has been privileged to work with the Stauntons on a proposed parents' bill of rights and to explain the steps we have taken to reduce sepsis mortality by 35 percent since 2008. And although I know I can't begin to fathom the pain they still feel nine months after Rory's death, the Stauntons are carrying on Rory's memory by educating the public and raising awareness of sepsis. We need to talk about sepsis openly, educate our clinicians and the public, and devote as many resources as we can muster to fix it."

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Partnership for Quality Care Chair George Halvorson said, "The Partnership for Quality Care is thrilled by the leadership that Governor Cuomo has shown in fighting the deadly effects of sepsis. Sepsis is the number one cause of death in American hospitals today – killing more patients than cancer or stroke. The steps that New York State is taking to better identify and treat this serious condition will save money, improve the quality of care at hospitals, and – most important – save countless lives. As a national coalition of health care workers and providers – with partners throughout the state of New York – we're proud to see the Empire State help light the path to higher quality health care across the nation."

Terence Brady, MD, FACP, President and Brad Sherman, MD, FACP, Quality Chair, both of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians said, “Sepsis is a disease that when unrecognized can lead to patient death, but when recognized early and treated aggressively can result in very successful treatment outcomes. We pledge our Chapter’s support for distribution and implementation of the guidelines and increased communication and education as a necessary step to improve patient care…#157;

In October, 2012, Commissioner Shah convened a panel of experts to discuss strategies and initiatives to improve detection and treatment of sepsis, with a goal of improving survival rates in New York and across the nation. The panel reviewed initiatives undertaken by a collaboration of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and United Hospital Fund (UHF) at 57 hospitals across New York, and also key projects implemented by hospital systems in other states. New York's draft regulations reflect some of the effective strategies in these programs.

Both sets of regulations will be submitted to the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) for consideration on February 7, 2013, and will be published in the State Register for a 45-day public comment period. Following that review and approval by PHHPC, it is anticipated the regulations will take effect in May, 2013. Under the sepsis regulations, hospitals must submit protocols to the State Health Department for review before July 1, 2013 and will be required to implement the protocols no later than 45 days following Department approval. The full text of the regulations will be available today on the Department of Health's website.