R 224
2019 -- H 5539
Enacted 04/23/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Shekarchi, Solomon, Vella-Wilkinson, Shanley, and
Date Introduced: February 27, 2019

     WHEREAS, 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, a life-
threatening reaction to infection that kills more than 200,000 people yearly across the country;
     WHEREAS, Sepsis is a complication that occurs when a person’s body has an extreme
response to an infection. It can cause damage to organs in the body and can be life-threatening if
not treated. If sepsis becomes severe enough or develops into septic shock, the chances of dying
from sepsis increase significantly; and
     WHEREAS, Sepsis most commonly occurs in patients with chronic conditions or those
who are very young or very old; however, it can also occur in otherwise healthy children; and
     WHEREAS, Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalized children in both
Rhode Island and the rest of the United States; and
     WHEREAS, More than 75,000 children develop sepsis each year across the country and
more than 3 million die around the world; and
     WHEREAS, Under Rhode Island General Law, the Department of Health "shall take
cognizance of the interests of life and health among the peoples of the state" and shall "do all in
its power to ascertain the causes and the best means for the prevention and control of diseases or
conditions detrimental to the public health"; and
     WHEREAS, Studies have shown that utilizing best practice guidelines that reveal early
identification of sepsis and early appropriate care can greatly reduce the risk of death from sepsis;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby respectfully requests the Rhode Island Department of Health to
develop statewide evidence-based Sepsis Protocols for the early diagnosis and treatment of
sepsis; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and herby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Director of the Rhode Island Department of