Medical News & Perspectives
February 23, 2016

New Sepsis Diagnostic Guidelines Shift Focus to Organ Dysfunction

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JAMA. 2016;315(8):739-740. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0736

In March 2012, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy in Queens, New York, cut his arm playing basketball in school. The next day, his parents, worried about his fever and leg pain, took him to see his pediatrician and then, the day after, to the emergency department at NYU Langone Medical Center. He was discharged with a diagnosis of an upset stomach and dehydration but died 3 days later from sepsis ( His parents later founded the Rory Staunton Foundation to increase public awareness of the condition (

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