N.Y. considers rules to prevent sepsis deaths

12/28/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Following the death of a 12-year-old boy, New York state has proposed regulations requiring that hospitals aggressively look for sepsis in patients to enable earlier treatment. New York could become the first state to adopt such rules. Early symptoms of sepsis can be difficult to distinguish from those of other, less serious maladies, but "[f]irst and foremost, they need to suspect sepsis," the most common cause of death in ICUs, said Dr. Mitchell M. Levy. Treatment includes antibiotics and fluids.

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