Education officials announce new sepsis prevention curriculum materials

From left to right: Regent Judith Chin, Orlaith Staunton, PS 150 Principal Carmen Parache, Ciaran Staunton, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, NYS Chancellor Betty Rosa.

State education officials joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention last week at PS 150 to announce that sample K-12 grade curriculum on sepsis prevention is now available for educators.

Sepsis is an extreme response to infection, and is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Officials say it claims more American lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers and stroke combined.

“We are providing schools with tools to teach our children about the dangers of sepsis and how they can prevent it,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “This curriculum provides guidance for health teachers to engage students on this important topic. Sepsis prevention education can truly save lives.”

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sepsis is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and it can be easily prevented.

“It is so important that our young people learn at an early age how to protect themselves from this often-deadly disease,” Elia said. “I urge our educators across the state to use this Sepsis prevention curriculum as a guide to talk to children about the dangers of Sepsis.

Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton started the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention after their son died from Sepsis in April 2012. When Rory got a cut from a fall in school, a deadly toxin entered his body, the family says, leading to his death.

“Rory lives in our hearts every day and we are very proud of the many lives that have been saved in his name,” the Staunton family said.

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