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Sepsis is a condition where the body’s response to infection damages its tissues and organs. If sepsis isn’t recognized early and treated promptly it can become severe and lead to multi-organ system failure or – for more than 6 million people in the developed world each year – death.1

30,000 Canadians are hospitalized each year because of sepsis. More than 30% of these patients will die.2 Does that number alarm you? It should. It’s one of our country’s highest in-hospital mortality rates.

Sepsis can be caught early, treated effectively and prevented from turning severe. The severity and poor outcomes that can result from not doing so are unacceptable. Learn about our work to improve care for sepsis.

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Key Sepsis Resources for Patients and Families

Life After Sepsis Guide

This brochure aims at guiding survivors and their families through the aftermath of sepsis and further recovery. It explains that there is a need for an urgent response due to the consequences of sepsis, including lifelong disabilities.

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Empowered Patient: Ten Warning Signs of a Deteriorating Patient

This poster provides a list of key signs to monitor for, alerting you to seek attention from your health care provider, whether in hospital or after being discharged home. Early identification and treatment can prevent further deterioration and complications due to sepsis.

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Sepsis Brochure

Learn the symptoms of sepsis, the treatments available, how to prevent sepsis and much more.

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Sepsis infographic

Sepsis Infographic

This infographic has the information you need to understand and identify the symptoms of sepsis as a patient.

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Key Sepsis Resources for Clinicians

Emergency Department Sepsis Guidelines

The provincial Sepsis Clinical Expert Group developed the BC Emergency Department Sepsis Guidelines, taking into account the most up-to-date literature (references below) and expert opinion.

Access the Guidelines

Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit

This 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.

Access the Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit

Additional Resources

Sepsis E-learning Module for Emergency DepartmentsAfter completing this free online module you will be able to describe the pathophysiology of sepsis, identify the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and list the steps to treat sepsis effectively to prevent progression to severe sepsis or septic shock. Click the photo on the right to begin.

Note: Health Care Employees in BC wanting a record of completion for this course should access the module through the CCRS.

The BC Sepsis Network is proud to introduce Read by QxMD as a knowledge translation partner in promoting the most up-to-date and best practice guidelines for treating sepsis.

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Lactate clearance vs central venous oxygen saturation as goals of early sepsis therapy: a randomized clinical trial

Open in Read by QxMD

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2012: Update for Emergency Physicians

Open in Read by QxMD

Emergency management of sepsis: The simple stuff saves lives

Play Tetris To Treat Sepsis!Click here to try Septris, an innovative web-based game developed by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center to train physicians to make quick treatment decisions for sepsis patients.

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Past Projects & Initiatives


  1. Kissoon N, Carcillo JA, Espinosa V, et al.: World federation of pediatric intensive care and critical care societies: Global sepsis initiative. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011; 12:494-503.
  2. Canadian Institute for Health Information. In focus: A national look at sepsis. Ottawa 2009.