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Clinical Tools

Screening and Order Sets

We have provided a number of clinical tools to support BC inpatient wards to embed best practices for improving sepsis screening, care, and treatment for
both adult and pediatric populations (in regular and clinical teaching units). We encourage you to use these templates and adapt them, through testing, to fit
your local context, workflow, and the needs of your patients.


Clinical tools for adult populations

Adult-Inpatient-Sepsis-Screening-Tool Adult Inpatient Sepsis Screening Tool (PDF)

Adult Inpatient Sepsis Screening Tool (Word)  

Adult-Inpatient-Sepsis-Screening-Tool-for-Clinical-Teaching-Units Adult Inpatient Sepsis Screening Tool for Clinical Teaching Units (PDF)

Adult Inpatient Sepsis Screening Tool for Clinical Teaching Units (Word) 

Adult-Early-Sepsis-Investigation-and-Treatment-Orders-SAMPLE-ONLY Adult Early Sepsis Investigation and Treatment Orders (PDF)

Adult Early Sepsis Investigation and Treatment Orders (Word)

Sepsis-48-hour-Management-Plan Sepsis 48-hour Management Plan (PDF)

Sepsis 48-hour Management Plan (Word)

Clinical tools for pediatric populations

PEWS Modified Sepsis Screening Tool Sept 2015 Pediatric Modified Sepsis Screening Tool
Prescribers Order Intensive Care Unit Patients with Severe Sepsis or Septic Shock Pediatric Sepsis Prescriber Orders for Inpatient/Emergency
Prescribers Order Pediatric Sepsis Prescriber Orders for ICU
Sepsis Alert Tool Pediatric Sepsis Alert Tool
Sepsis Awareness Poster Pediatric Sepsis Awareness Poster
Sepsis Guideline Pediatric Sepsis Guideline
Severe Sepsis Septic Shock Resuscitation Bundle Pediatric Severed Sepsis Septic Shock Resuscitation Bundle



Lactate Testing

Establishing processes for timely lactate testing is important to support identification and management of the deteriorating patient. Ideally, organizations would implement an automatic reporting system for lactate when the lactate level falls outside of a given range. High serum lactate levels are strongly associated with increased mortality in septic patients. Accessing results for formal serum lactate levels may take considerable time in most hospitals. Point of care testing may be available through the ICU or emergency department and could be considered as an alternative process to provide quick access to lactate results.

Communicating Clinical Information Effectively

Strong teamwork can reduce adverse events and lead to higher-quality care. Given that communication is the most common factor implicated in adverse events that lead to patient harm, we’ve included a tool to help you communicate your patient’s septic condition to other providers. SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) provides a structured and standardized approach for effectively communicating critical information in a way that ensures the message is clear, concise, and complete.


SBAR Inpatient Sepsis SBAR Communication Tool


Up next: Resources for education and implementation

At a Glance

Download the  BC Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit: Speed is Life.

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