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The Start of Sepsis Protocols in Rhode Island

The families of Emily Halloran, Layla Charette and Gianna Cirella, all having children that have lost their lives to sepsis, shared personal stories at the Rhode Island State House Wednesday April 3rd in support of a bill that would require the Department of Health to develop statewide sepsis protocols.

The group testified in front of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare. The panel was in support of the bill. HB5539 was introduced February 27 by Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Joseph Solomon, Camille Vella-Wilkinson, Evan Shanley, and David Bennett.

A Department of Health representative said it will work with all parties involved to make sure the proper protocols are developed.

Click here and scroll to 10:20 to view the recorded hearing aired on Capital TV.

According to a 2018 study from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Rhode Island ranks fourth lowest in the United States for properly treating sepsis. The condition is the most common cause of death in hospitalized children in both Rhode Island and the rest of the United States. More than 75,000 children develop sepsis each year across the country and more than 3 million die around the world, House Bill 5539 reads.

Click here to view the News Coverage form WPRI. "Parents ask lawmakers to implement sepsis protocols in Rhode Island"

Click here to view the news coverage from WJAR"Families push for sepsis protocol after child deaths"

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