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NY Plans New Hospital Rules for Treating Sepsis

NY Plans New Hospital Rules for Treating Sepsis
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The rules include calling for antibiotics within an hour of diagnosis.

New York health officials have proposed requiring hospitals set new protocols to screen and treat sepsis, an often deadly condition that can follow infections.

The rules include calling for antibiotics within an hour of diagnosis.

They also propose requiring hospitals to clearly communicate test results to parents before children with sepsis are discharged.

The measures follow the death of a 12-year-old boy from sepsis last year after he was discharged from a Manhattan emergency room.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says the regulations, expected to take effect in May, could prevent 5,000 to 8,000 deaths a year.

Sepsis is a progressive shutdown of the body's organs and systems from inflammation following a blood or soft tissue infection. It affects more than 750,000 Americans annually, killing more than 200,000.