The New York State Senate has passed a resolution memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim September 2020 as Sepsis Awareness Month in the State of New York.
HCA, our Stop Sepsis at Home NY initiative, and our partners recognize and greatly appreciate this action initiated by the Senate’s Health Committee Chairman Senator Gustavo Rivera. Full text of the resolution, adopted on January 14, 2020, is below.
Senate No. 2362
BY: Senator Rivera
MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2020, as Sepsis Awareness Month in the State of New York
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official months that are set aside to increase awareness of serious health issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2020, as Sepsis Awareness Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Sepsis Month; and
WHEREAS, Sepsis is a life threatening response to infection, which causes tissue damage, organ failure, and death; severely restricted blood flow can contribute to the onset of septic shock, causing the formation of blood clots in organs throughout the body; typically, the body will release chemicals into the bloodstream to defend against infection; and
WHEREAS, This serious health issue occurs when the body’s reaction is atypical, triggering alterations, which can cause significant damage to multiple organs; certain population groups are more vulnerable to developing sepsis, such as the young, elderly, individuals with chronic illness, and those with compromised immune systems; and
WHEREAS, One out of every three people will develop sepsis over their lifetime and 1.7 million more are diagnosed with this condition annually; and
WHEREAS, 270,000 people die each year from sepsis and approximately 50,000 New Yorkers are affected by this condition, including New York State Senator Jose Peralta who died from sudden septic-shock on November 21, 2018; and
WHEREAS, National Sepsis Month is recognized throughout the United States each September; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative upon all residents of this great Empire State that attention be brought to this debilitating health condition affecting so many of our friends, family and neighbors in New York State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2020, as Sepsis Awareness Month in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York; the Home Care Association of New York State; IPRO; Sepsis Alliance; and The Rory Staunton Foundation.
ADOPTED IN SENATE ON
January 14, 2020