STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation establishing the Sepsis Treatment Protocol Task Force.
Sepsis, which is the leading cause of death in hospitals, is a serious condition resulting from a harmful infection that spreads to the bloodstream or important tissues. Without timely treatment, sepsis can cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.
Mahan’s legislation would create the Sepsis Treatment Protocol Task Force, which would develop best practices and provide protocol recommendations to the Indiana State Department of Health. The ISDH would ensure the recommended protocols are adopted and implemented throughout the state by medical staff in schools, hospitals, long-term and home health care facilities as well as for office doctors and emergency medical technicians.
“Using effective protocols could save Hoosier lives,” Mahan said. “This condition can be caused by a small infection like strep throat or an insect bite but the longer it goes undiagnosed, the deadlier it gets. Unfortunately, sepsis occurs too easily and too often, which is why it is so important that we act now.”
The sepsis-based protocols, which would be put in place, could help in the early detection and treatment of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock.
Mahan authored this legislation after a Montpelier family shared the story of how they lost their infant to sepsis. Josslyn Gee had a fever but seemed otherwise fine to her family members before she passed.
Sepsis, known as the silent killer, can cause flu-like symptoms including a high heart rate, fever, shivering, confusion, shortness of breath, extreme pain and clammy skin. In 2016, over 3,000 Hoosiers died in hospitals from sepsis, according to the Indiana Hospital Association.
“Sepsis often goes unrecognized, so it is important that we also train each branch of the health care industry to detect this condition early,” Mahan said.
House Bill 1275 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents House District 31,
which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,
Grant and Wells counties.
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