BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Emergency Department Sepsis

Do you provide care in an Emergency Department? Despite the significant risk of morbidity and mortality from severe sepsis, adequate initial therapy is initiated for fewer than 58% of patients.1

We’re asking you to commit to treating your patients by following the BC Emergency Department Sepsis Guidelines.

  • Know the warning signs for sepsis, identify patients exhibiting signs of sepsis early, and triage them appropriately.
  • Measure the lactate of patients with sepsis within 30 minutes of presentation to triage, have the results back within 30 minutes, and test again within 2-4 hours if the initial result is elevated.
  • Draw a blood culture prior to administering antibiotics and complete a crystalloid fluid bolus (30cc/kg) within first three hours.

You are not alone. You’ll be joining health care providers from across BC who have already committed to implementing the BC Sepsis Guidelines in their emergency departments and measuring their results.

Help us deliver the best care for our patients.

Our vision is to reduce sepsis morbidity and mortality rates throughout BC by identifying sepsis patients early, using best clinical practices, and achieving seamless transitions of care.

BEST CARE, NO MATTER WHERE.

References

  1. Mikkelsen ME, Gaieski DF, Goyal M, et al. Factors associated with nonadherence with early goal-directed therapy in the ED. Chest. 2010; 138(3): 551-558.

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
BCPSQC
dsweet@bcpsqc.ca

Jennie Aitken
Quality Leader
BCPSQC
jaitken@bcpsqc.ca