State Health Dept.: Making Progress Combating Sepsis, the Top Cause of Hospital Deaths

The state's health department says is making progress in combatting the top cause of hospital deaths.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that is caused by infection, and can lead the body's organs to shut down.

In many cases, treatment is needed within hours.

According to a department of health study, there was a 20 percent increase in diagnoses and a 5 percent drop in the number of adults who died from the condition between 2014 and 2016.

The improvement comes after the roll out of Rory's Regulations in 2013, which created policies for treating sepsis.

It was named after a Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy from Queens who died from the condition.

The health department said it hopes to expand the guidelines nationwide.

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