BC Sepsis Network

BC Sepsis Network

BC Sepsis Network

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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.

Learn How We are Supporting Best Practices

Inpatient Units

Our toolkit features info and tools to initiate, implement, and spread best practices for sepsis in child and adult populations.

Emergency Departments

Guidelines and resources can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis early, and treat it effectively.

See all resources

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.

Learn more

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:

Read the Stories

Join the BC Sepsis Network

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.

Fill out the form below to stay informed about our work, events and learning opportunities. You will receive (typically) monthly newsletters that originate from our provider, CyberImpact, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Questions? Contact us at sepsis@staging.bcpsqc.ca. See below for an inventory of past BC Sepsis Network Newsletters.

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council will collect personal information under section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of distributing newsletters. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information please contact: Kevin Smith at 604.668.8213.

Key Contact

Sarah Carriere
Director, Health System Improvement (Acute & Long-Term Care)