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Gov. Cuomo Honored with Global Sepsis Award

March 15, 2018
Global Sepsis Award presentation
Dr. Carl Flatley presented the Global Sepsis Award to Marcus Friedrich, Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Department of Health.


 The Global Sepsis Alliance awards Governor Cuomo with the Global Sepsis Award in the category of Government and Health Care Authorities

New York, N.Y., March 15, 2018 – On Tuesday, March 14th, Dr. Carl Flatley, founder of Sepsis Alliance, presented the Global Sepsis Award to Marcus Friedrich, the Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Department of Health, who accepted the award on behalf of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, for implementing evidence-based protocols for the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Since the introduction of these protocols, known as Rory’s Regulations, there has been a 20 percent increase in the identification of sepsis and a decrease in sepsis mortality rates in adults from 30.2 percent to 25.4 percent in New York.

The Global Sepsis Award in Government and Health Care is issued each year by the Global Sepsis Alliance, an association of global sepsis organizations founded in 2010 by leading health organizations including Sepsis Alliance and the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. The award honors governments and health care authorities that have made important contributions to reduce the death toll from sepsis. Such contributions can include initiating programs that increase sepsis awareness, contribute to a better epidemiology understanding of sepsis and/or improving the quality of sepsis treatment on the national or global level. The German Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe is also a 2017 awardee in the category of Government and Health Care Authorities.

“New York State has been leading the fight against sepsis and, as the data shows, our efforts are working to save lives and increase early detection and treatment of this deadly condition,” said New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “Thanks especially goes to Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton for their advocacy and continuing to fight in Rory’s memory to prevent further tragedies. It is our hope the rest of the nation recognizes the success that can be achieved by using Rory’s Regulations as a model for combatting and ultimately ending sepsis infections once and for all.”

The award is sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation, which was started by Dr. Carl Flatley after this daughter Erin, who was only 23 years old, died of Sepsis in 2002.

“The sepsis protocols implemented by Governor Cuomo are already saving lives and will save many more,“ said Dr. Carl Flatley, who is also Chairman of the GSA Awards Jury. “If these types of protocols had been in place in Florida when my daughter Erin became ill with sepsis, they may have saved her life.”

Prior awardees in the category of Governments and Health Care Authorities were UK Secretary of Health J. Hunt, the Turkish Minister of Health M. Müezzinoglu and Federal Minister of State to Chancellor A. Merkel Helge Braun. The Global Sepsis Award winners were chosen by the GSA Award Jury, which is a panel of internationally recognized experts in patient safety and sepsis management.

“The GSA Award jury was absolutely impressed, not only, by Governor Cuomo’s introduction of these protocols in all New York State hospitals, but also with his decision to carefully monitor the results of their implementation,” said Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chair of Global Sepsis Alliance. “We hope other states and countries will follow in Governor Cuomo’s foot-steps and implement similar programs that will save lives from sepsis.”

Global Sepsis Alliance is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Global Sepsis Awards in the categories of Government and Health Care Authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations, Patient Advocate Groups, or Health Care Provider Groups and Individual nominees.

About the Global Sepsis Alliance:

Global Sepsis Alliance is a non-profit charity organization with the mission to provide global leadership to reduce the worldwide burden of sepsis. The GSA is initiator of World Sepsis Day on September 13 and World Sepsis Congress, a series of free online congresses bringing knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world.

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About the Sepsis Alliance:

Sepsis Alliance is North America’s leading sepsis patient advocacy non-profit. Sepsis Alliance’s mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. The website receives more than 2.5 million visits each year. Sepsis Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a GuideStar Gold Rated Charity. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.

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