30,000 Canadians are hospitalized each year because of sepsis. More than 30% of these patients will die. These statistics were unacceptable for a group of passionate clinicians in British Columbia working to catch sepsis early and treat it effectively to reduce mortality and morbidity.
In 2012, we created the BC Sepsis Network to connect physicians and nurses in every emergency department in the province who could champion sepsis improvement locally.
We used principles of large-scale change and distributed leadership to provide a mechanism for sharing, learning and accelerating their work, with an aim of reducing morbidity and mortality associated with sepsis. Membership in the Network began at 52 and has now increased to over 200 members to whom we send resources and information such as updates to clinical best practice guidelines and learning opportunities on an as-needed basis.
New Results from BC-Based Study Illuminate the Need for Testing Before Treating Sepsis
Authors from UBC include Dr. Matthew Cheng, Dr. Rob Stenstrom and Dr. David Sweet, our clinical lead for sepsis! Their findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, bolster efforts currently underway in British Columbia, such as the BC Emergency Sepsis Guidelines.
Sepsis Survival Stories
Many people have had very personal encounters with sepsis; some stories end on a positive note, and some paint a picture of the difficult road that many sepsis survivors face. For World Sepsis Day 2019, we asked patients to share their experiences with sepsis:
The BC Sepsis Network is a highly visible member of the global sepsis community, participating in the first Annual Global Sepsis Congress and annual World Sepsis Day campaigns, and has been an early adopter of new Centre for Disease Control sepsis resources.
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