Dublin: On July 2nd Ciaran Staunton of the Rory Staunton Foundation 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.

Ciaran introduced the Rory Staunton Foundation’s sepsis video at the opening of the first National Irish Sepsis Summit held in Dublin, Ireland.

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

In his remarks Minister Varadkar,a medical doctor before entering politics said “The goal of this summit is to make sure that the new Sepsis Guideline is put into practice in order to save lives.” Minister Varadkar said “Sepsis needs to be recognized and treated at the earliest possible stage.”

In Ireland:

- In 2013, approximately 60% of hospital mortality had a diagnosis of sepsis or infection. 16% of all 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%.

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— Fidelma Fitzpatrick (@FfitzP) July 5, 2015
The Rory Staunton Foundation has continuously called on governments to institute measures to advance the identification of sepsis and save lives.

Ciaran Staunton shared the tragic story of his son Rory and the neglect that caused his death.

In comments after the Summit the Minister for Health commented that is was “good to meet Ciaran Staunton who has a powerful story to tell.”

For more information visit www.rorystaunton.com.