Emergency Departments

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Emergency Departments

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 3 hours of presentation to triage and test again within 2-4 hours if the initial result is greater than 2mmol/L.
  • 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.


Access the BC Emergency Department Guidelines


  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.

Key Contact

Sybil Hoiss
Leader, Strategic Initiatives