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August 8, 2017

In Treating Sepsis, Questions About Timing and Mandates

JAMA. 2017;318(6):506-508. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7997

In 2012, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy from Queens, New York, died from sepsis after his pediatrician and an emergency department (ED) physician reportedly misinterpreted warning signs—a high fever and vomiting, but also a cut on his arm, and severe leg pain—as an intestinal illness and dehydration. He was discharged from the ED, but his condition deteriorated. He was readmitted the next day. However, he died in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) 2 days later.

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