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.Download the Guide
Learn the symptoms of sepsis, the treatments available, how to prevent sepsis and much more.Download the Brochure
This infographic has the information you need to understand and identify the symptoms of sepsis as a patient.Download the Brochure
Key Sepsis Resources for Clinicians
After 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.
Lactate clearance vs central venous oxygen saturation as goals of early sepsis therapy: a randomized clinical trial
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2012: Update for Emergency Physicians
Emergency management of sepsis: The simple stuff saves lives
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.
- BC Driver diagram – Ideas for Sepsis Change
This document provides a framework for reducing sepsis morbidity and mortality in emergency departments.
- BC Sepsis Awareness Posters
This set of four eye-catching posters are ideal for displaying in emergency departments.
- Emergency Department Sepsis Screening Tool (2017)
This popular lanyard attachment helps point-of-care staff identify sepsis early!
Recent Reports & Resources
Past Projects & Initiatives
World Sepsis Day 2017
World Sepsis Day 2017 was September 13. Download resources used to spread awareness of the initiative.
150 Lives in 150 Days
From October 13, 2013 to March 11, 2014 the BC Sepsis Network saved 150 Lives in 150 Days.
- 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.
- Canadian Institute for Health Information. In focus: A national look at sepsis. Ottawa 2009.