"We're saying: 'Look for sepsis. Here are the symptoms,'" Staunton said. For Rory, initially misdiagnosed with a stomach flu, the symptoms included an abnormally high temperature, mottled skin and a sore leg. "We can't bring him back. We can stop the torture of other parents," he said.
NYU Langone Medical Center said later that its emergency doctors and nurses would be "immediately notified" of certain lab results suggesting serious infection, like those that arose for Rory three hours after he had left the emergency room. The hospital also told The New York Times that it had developed a new checklist to ensure medical staff reviewed all critical lab results and vital signs before a patient leaves.
The state's second proposed regulation said no hospital discharge should occur "while critical value tests are pending so as to assure appropriate care is provided." It would require hospitals to implement written policies to review and clearly communicate test results to emergency room patients and to parents or guardians of those who are underage.
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