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Sepsis is defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection 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.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, around 15% of viral pneumonia hospital cases have been associated with secondary bacterial pathogens, and 50% of patients died3

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

Recovery After Sepsis

This pamphlet provides support for those recovering from sepsis. It helps patients, caregivers, and families know how to prevent re-infection and support recovery. Helpful links to valuable resources are included. This pamphlet was created with the Patient Advisory Council of Action on Sepsis at UBC.

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Recovery After Sepsis – Digital PDF

This editable PDF version of the Recovery After Sepsis pamphlet has a blank space added where sites can paste in contact information for local resources.

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Recovery After Sepsis – Webinar and Slides

This UBC AoS/BCPSQC webinar provides a story about the development of Post-Sepsis Syndrome pamphlets. Patients also share stories of the challenges and successes they experienced as they recovered from sepsis.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Additional Resources

The Learning Hub hosts a free online module for Health Care employees to learn more about sepsis treatment in the Emergency Department. After completing the 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 septic shock.

Click here to log in to the Learning Hub, then search for course title ‘Identifying and Responding to Sepsis’. Your record of completion will then be available through the Learning Hub.

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.

Created by Hamilton Health Sciences and the Canadian Sepsis Foundation, the Sepsis Patient Information Package provides information about:

  • Sepsis
  • Treatment of sepsis
  • Recovery from sepsis
  • Supportive care for friends and family

The package provides information about sepsis to patients, their family and friends and anyone who may be curious about sepsis.

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Recent Reports & Resources

Recovery After Sepsis

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Impact Report 2022

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Past Projects & Initiatives


  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. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0287.
  2. Canadian Institute for Health Information. In focus: A national look at sepsis. Ottawa 2009.
  3. Zhou, Fei; Yu, Ting; Du, Ronghui; Fan, Guohui; Liu, Ying; Liu, Zhibo; Xiang, Jie; Wang, Yeming; Song, Bin; Gu, Xiaoying; Guan, Lulu; Wei, Yuan; Li, Hui; Wu, Xudong; Xu, Jiuyang; Tu, Shengjin; Zhang, Yi; Chen, Hua; Cao, Bin (2020). Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet, (), S0140673620305663–. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30566-3