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Bill Requiring Hospital Protocols For Sepsis Heads To Governor’s Desk

5 year old Gabby Galbo of Monticello.

5-year-old Gabby Galbo of Monticello died from sepsis, due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever that went undiagnosed at a hospital for several days. After her death in 2012, she became the namesake of "Gabby's Law". St. Sen. Chapin Rose

Legislation requiring all hospitals in Illinois to maintain procedures for diagnosing and treating sepsis or septic shock cases is headed to Governor Rauner’s desk.

The measure (SB 2403) --- nicknamed “Gabby’s Law” --- passed the Illinois House unanimously on Tuesday, after doing the same in the state Senate last month. Its Senate sponsor, Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), says he’s confident that Governor Rauner will sign the bill.

Rose says “Gabby’s Law” will ensure that every hospital in the state is prepared to diagnose and treat sepsis cases.

“You shouldn’t face a different medical outcome because you walk into a hospital in Marion, Illinois with a tick bite, versus a hospital in Chicago, Illinois,” said Rose. “You should be treated the same way in either location, and get that treated before it turns into something far worse, like it did in the case of Gabby Galbo.”

Rose mentioned Gabby Galbo --- the namesake of Gabby’s Law. The five-year-old from Monticello died in 2012 from septic shock brought on by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, caused by a tick bite. Even after she was hospitalized with a fever, her infection went undiagnosed and untreated for several days.

Sepsis occurs when the body’s organs and systems shut down due to infection. Rose says it’s one of the leading causes of death in hospitals, but currently, only certain hospitals are required under the federal Affordable Care Act to have procedures to identify and treat the disease. Rose says he worked with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association to craft a bill that will extend the requirement to every hospital in the state.