World Sepsis Day in the heart of downtown Vancouver this Friday, September 13

Sep 12, 2019 | News

Join us for World Sepsis Day on Friday, September 13!Join us for World Sepsis Day on Friday, September 13!

This year, on Friday, September 13, the Action on Sepsis Research Cluster ( as well as the BC Sepsis Network and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) are spreading the word about the risk of sepsis and the life-saving researching taking place in our city by hosting a free public awareness event in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Sepsis occurs when an infection damages the body’s organs. If not treated early and aggressively, it can be fatal. In Canada, Nearly 30,000 Canadians are diagnosed with sepsis each year and it is a leading cause of death for children and newborns internationally. Despite this, sepsis is poorly understood and was only recently recognized as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

The Action on Sepsis Research Cluster includes researchers and clinicians from the Centre for International Child Health ( and UBC, along with patients and other partners who are active in the fight against sepsis in BC and globally.

Join us this Friday!

On September 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., join health care professionals, patients and health researchers in Robson Square for activities like a sepsis trivia wheel and an interactive 'map of knowledge' where you can share your understanding and experience of sepsis. There will be prizes, music and, of course, the classic pink World Sepsis Day décor.

Get social, connect and share your story

If you can’t attend in person, you’re encouraged to join in online. Follow @WorldSepsisDay, @ActiononSepsis, @CICHInfo, @BCEmergMedNtwrk, and @BCSUPPORTUnit on Twitter and share your stories and experiences using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay. Patients who have lived experience of sepsis will be sharing in person and online their personal stories of navigating this complex condition and how it has impacted their lives.

Many of Vancouver's landmark buildings, such as @ScienceWorldCA, @CanadaPlace, City Hall @CityofVancouver and more will be illuminated in PINK - if you see one, share it!


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