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Inpatient Sepsis

Prompt recognition and timely management of patients with sepsis in hospital is critical. Evidence suggests delayed treatment is associated with higher mortality rates, significant morbidity, and high costs to the health care system.1,2 Patients experiencing sepsis often need intensive care and have in-hospital stays nine days longer than an average patient.3 In BC hospitals, preventable delays in recognizing and managing sepsis in hospitalized patients can occur due to many different factors.

Our Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit aims to provide BC inpatient hospital wards with information, resources, and tools to successfully initiate, implement, and spread best practices for sepsis in child and adult populations across BC.


  1. Singer M, Deutschman CS, Seymour C, et al. The third international consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock (sepsis-3). JAMA. 2016 Feb 23;315(8):801–10.
  2. Dellinger RP, Levy MM, Rhodes A, Annane D, Gerlach H, Opal SM, et al. Surviving sepsis campaign: international guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock: 2012. Crit Care Med. 2013 Feb;41(2):580–637.
  3. Canadian Institute for Health Information. In Focus: a national Look at Sepsis [Internet]. Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information; 2009 [cited 2016 Feb 23]. Available from: http://epe.lac-bac. gc.ca/100/200/301/cihi-icis/in_focus_national_look_sepsis-e/H118-60-2009E.pdf

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

Kate Harris
Quality Leader