Lawmakers from across the state are sending their condolences for Senator Jose Peralta, who passed away suddenly on Wednesday night.
His widow, Evelyn, says he was septic, which led to organ failure.
Home Care Association of New York State President and C.E.O. Al Cardillo tells WGY the Empire State is leading the way to bring attention to sepsis protocols and intervention.
"New York has initiated a first-of-its-kind program in sepsis screening and intervention, through home-care, with the idea of trying to save lives and save health, through this initiative."
Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
Cardillo adds that every two minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from Sepsis.
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