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    • NYSUT endorses Amber Small for NYS Senate

      ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 26, 2016 — The Board of Directors of New York State United Teachers has endorsed Amber Small for state Senate, saying her work on behalf of her community and commitment to building Western New York’s economy make her the right choice in the 60th Senate District.

      NYSUT President Karen E. Magee noted that Small serves as executive director of the Parkside Community Association, where she has worked to improve the quality of life for thousands of residents. She has also served in municipal government and earned accolades for her efforts to increase communications and resource sharing among local businesses. Magee said Small has also highlighted gender imbalances in government, working to ensure the voices of women are represented in the halls of power.

      “Amber Small’s commitment to her community, to women and public service make her the right choice to represent the 60th Senate District in Albany,” Magee said. “NYSUT is proud to endorse her candidacy, and we will work hard to elect her.”

      NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said local leaders in Western New York are enthusiastic about Small’s candidacy and will be phone banking and canvassing on her behalf. “Amber’s strong message about public education and commitment to positive change for working families and business is resonating with NYSUT members across the 60th District,” Pallotta said. “We believe she will make a terrific state senator.”

      New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

    • Sepsis: Raising awareness of a life-threatening condition

      "Sepsis - which is sometimes called blood poisoning - is a serious, toxic response to infection by the body's normal immune system," says NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale in this new video. "Early recognition and treatment is the key to saving lives."

      The numbers are staggering: sepsis kills far more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, yet only 44% of U.S. adults have heard of sepsis. It can progress very quickly from sepsis to severe sepsis or septic shock - but if caught early the prognosis is good.

      In 2015, after father and foundation founder Ciaron Staunton spoke to professionals at the annual NYSUT Health Care Forum about the true cost of sepsis -- human lives -- NYSUT took action. The United Federation of Teachers brought a resolution to the union's spring Representative Assembly, where delegates voted in support of sepsis awareness and education. The resolution states, in part, that young children and the elderly experience the greatest number of sepsis-related death. Sepsis can be prevented with early detection and treatment, so NYSUT supports a nurse in every school building to educate parents and students to the signs and symptoms of infection when a child is exposed to injury. NYSUT will promote sepsis awareness and educations in schools, hospitals, home care and communities, with NYSUT professionals working in each of those fields. NYSUT supports legislation urging the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide educational information and awareness, in addition to establishing early detection protocols across the country.

      NYSUT's Health Care Professionals Council is committed to raising awareness about sepsis. Check out the resources below!

      Get informed, spread the word - and help save lives!

      Sepsis, the no. 1 cause of death in hospitals, is on the rise - and so is the need for education, awareness

      By Liza Frenette. NYSUT United. May 22, 2015.

      sepsis awarenessWhen 12-year-old Queens student Rory Staunton scraped his elbow playing basketball, the wound received only a Band-Aid. It wasn't cleaned or treated with antibiotic cream. Nor was Rory sent to the school nurse. Strep A had been going around in the school, yet his parents had not been notified. Rory developed a high fever and was brought to a New York City hospital. He was sent home, despite having symptoms of sepsis - blood poisoning - something his parents had never heard of. Three days later Rory was back at the hospital, where he died in the ICU. The painful journey of Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, Rory's parents, takes them far and wide to remedy ignorance about sepsis.


      Frequently Asked Questions

      sepsis awarenessWhat is sepsis?

      Sepsis is the body's toxic response to infection - caused by an overwhelming response by the body's normal immune system to infection. Chemicals released into the blood to fight infection trigger widespread inflammation and can attack the body's organs.

      Sepsis should be considered a medical emergency. Sepsis kills. It can progress very quickly from sepsis to severe sepsis or septic shock, but if caught early the prognosis is good.


      Sepsis kills far more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, yet only 44% of U.S. adults have heard of sepsis.

      Despite various campaigns and the availability of good evidence for treatment, the death rate associated with sepsis remains high, mainly due to poor identification and delayed interventions.

      The very old, the very young and those with compromised immune systems can be at higher risk.

      How can someone become septic?

      Sepsis can be caused by many common infections including those from a simple cut, scrape, burn, bruise or bug bite. Other sources include water infections, urinary tract infections and burst ulcers, and many common infections such as pneumonia.

      What are the symptoms of sepsis?

      To be diagnosed with sepsis, you must exhibit at least two of the following symptoms:

      • Fever, chills
      • Rapid or difficult breathing
      • Elevated heart rate
      • New confusion, disorientation or drowsiness
      • Severe muscle and joint pains
      • Skin Rash
      • Poor feeding (infants and children)

      Many of these symptoms, such as fever and difficulty breathing, are the same as in other conditions, making sepsis hard to diagnose in its early stages.

      Severe sepsis

      The following signs and symptoms, indicate an organ may be failing:

      • Abrupt change in mental status
      • Significantly decreased urine output
      • Decrease in platelet count
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Abnormal heart pumping function
      • Abdominal pain Septic shock

      Severe sepsis, plus extremely low blood pressure that does not adequately respond to simple fluid replacement, indicates that the patient may be in septic shock.

      For severe sepsis or septic shock, lifesaving measures may be needed to stabilize breathing and heart function. Sepsis should be treated as a medical emergency - as quickly and efficiently as possible with rapid administration of antibiotics and fluids. People with sepsis are usually treated in hospital intensive care units.

      Doctors try to treat the infection, sustain the vital organs and prevent a drop in blood pressure by prescribing medications and treatments including intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain normal blood oxygen levels and blood pressure. Antibiotics alone will not treat sepsis. Ensuring the body has enough fluids helps organs function and may reduce damage from sepsis.


      What can be done in schools?

      Early recognition and early treatment is the key to saving lives. Ensuring that a school nurse is on staff in every school to educate parents and students to signs and symptoms of infection when a child is exposed to injury and potentially life-threatening bacteria is crucial.

      School nurses play a vital role in spotting sepsis. They are critical to identifying patients who are unwell or deteriorating, and in initiating life-saving treatments.

      Can hospitals reduce the numbers of severe sepsis they treat?

      Yes. It is crucial for medical staff to identify patients with sepsis on the floors and in the Emergency Department before they progress to the severe stage.

      Economic Cost: Sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing more than $20 billion in 2011, increasing on average by 11.9% annually.

      Why is sepsis so dangerous?

      • More than 1.6 million people are hospitalized in the U.S. each year — one every 20 seconds.
      • Sepsis contributes to about 40% (258,000 deaths) of U.S. hospital deaths each year (approximately 550 people every day) — far more than the number of U.S. deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
      • Many patients already have sepsis upon admission to a hospital.
      • Mortality increases 8% every hour treatment is delayed.
      • Sepsis is the leading pediatric killer worldwide.
      • Sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide each year.
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    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need







    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing anti-public education agenda that attacks teachers and hurts students.

    Rather than provide what all kids need, the governor is pushing a Billionaires' Agenda that would decimate the state's public schools. His "my-way-or-the-highway" budget would:

    • hold school aid increases hostage;
    • woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
    • more than double the weight of standardized tests;
    • make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities;
    • eliminate funding for teacher training;
    • launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
    • underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
    • smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
    • destroy prep programs for future teachers;
    • and fail to fully address the student debt crisis.

    Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education that fails to address what all students need.

    Things you can do right now to fight back.

    Every NYSUT member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's Billionaires' Agenda.

    Tell the governor to stop scapegoating... stop teacher bashing and focus on what #AllKidsNeed.

    Here's your to-do list.

    Take action on this week's campaigns.

    The latest actions will always be right here in the No. 1 spot.

    Call your state senator. Now.

    • Stop what you're doing and call your state senator with this message: stand up to the Governor's "Bigfoot" tactics and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
    • You can look up the number at the NYSUT Member Action Center.

    Sign up for MAC text alerts!

    Take 10 seconds and sign up for MAC text alerts on your phone!

    Here's how: Text the word "NYSUT" to the contact number 38470.

    Sign the petitions.

    Call out the governor.

    • Invite the governor to visit your class to learn what #AllKidsNeed. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include his Twitter handle @NYGovCuomo and the hashtag #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
    • Not on Twitter? See step 8.

    Get connected to the MAC.

    • BY TEXT. Get real-time text messages about urgent news and actions by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
    • BY EMAIL. Subscribe to the NYSUT Member Action Center email alerts for updates on this campaign. If you're registered via email as a NYSUT MAC e-activist you'll also be the first to know about upcoming rallies, protests and more.
    • BY APP. Download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone. Be sure notifications are enabled to receive alerts on new action items.

    Get connected on Facebook.

    Get connected on Twitter.

    • Join Twitter and follow @NYSUT to be part of the social media army.
    • Once a day (or as often as possible) tweet your thoughts on what #AllKidsNeed - more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. We're reminding the governor to focus on what matters! Follow the conversation in real-time for some great examples from parents and educators.

    Share the poster.

    Wear the button.

    Take part in community forums.

    • Keep an eye on nysut.org/allkidsneed for information on upcoming NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums to Save Public Education in every region of the state.

    Talk it up.

    • Get the conversation going - online and offline. Read "Where We Stand" and use it to craft social media messages, send letters to the editor, and brief friends and colleagues.
    • Circulate and share print materials and videos.

    Support "Take Action Tuesday."

    • Mark your calendar to support NYSUT's "Take Action Tuesday" every week. Be on the lookout for updates.

    Learn more at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed.


    Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:10)


    Member Alert Program




    There are so many member benefits, that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
    The NYSUT Member Benefits MAP (Member Alert Program) email blast service keeps you informed through a brief email message every three weeks.
    You can join MAP on the NYSUT website, at http://www.nysut.org/49.htm

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    Nysut Action Center Mobile App




    NYSUT action center now has an app for smartphones that makes it very easy to take action. It is available in the app store for free.

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