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Sepsis is a condition where the body’s response to infection damages its tissues and organs. If sepsis isn’t recognized early and treated promptly it can become severe and lead to multi-organ system failure or – for more than 6 million people in the developed world each year – death.1

We have a choice.

30,000 Canadians are hospitalized each year because of sepsis. More than 30% of these patients will die.2 Does that number alarm you? It should. It’s one of our country’s highest in-hospital mortality rates.

Sepsis can be caught early, treated effectively and prevented from turning severe. The severity and poor outcomes that can result from not doing so are unacceptable.

You can make a difference by joining the BC Sepsis Network. We’re asking you to commit to recognizing the signs and symptoms of sepsis early, and treating it appropriately. Select your area of interest below to find out how.
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Follow us on Twitter: @BCSepsis

  • RT @Kyl_Dan: Christa Schorr - focus on putting the pieces of critical illness together to identify + respond to #sepsis early #SepsisInSea…
  • What matters to you? Asking this question can improve #BCHC. Find out more at https://t.co/VusnUjZRT0. #WMTY17 https://t.co/XZxvdGc3Mm
  • RT @PharmDuprey: Data overwhelmingly supports the use of lactate #CCC46 #SCCMLive
  • Thanks @SCCM for a great presentation on the new SSC Guidelines. Also some nice shirts #SCCMLive !
  • RT @PharmDuprey: Early identification is necessary. Tool for identification still on the website. SIRS still appropriate. #CCC46 #SCCMLive
  • RT @NickJohnsonMD: Levy: SSC recommends hospitals screen for sepsis #SCCMLive #CCC46


  1. Kissoon N, Carcillo JA, Espinosa V, et al.: World federation of pediatric intensive care and critical care societies: Global sepsis initiative. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011; 12:494-503.
  2. Canadian Institute for Health Information. In focus: A national look at sepsis. Ottawa 2009.

At a Glance

Follow the BC Sepsis Network on Twitter (@bcsepsis) and join the conversation by including the #sepsis hashtag in your tweets.

Interested in joining or forming a sepsis improvement team in your own hospital? Contact us today.

Key Contacts:

David Sweet
Clinical Lead

Jennie Aitken
Quality Leader