World Sepsis Day - September 13
Submitted by BC Sepsis Network
To date, sepsis improvements in BC have focused primarily on emergency departments.
In 2013, the 150 Lives campaign supported 32 Emergency Departments in screening and treating sepsis, to great effect: 755 patients were treated with a sepsis protocol, and it was estimated that 151 lives were saved!
However, evidence suggests that an even greater mortality benefit may be found by addressing inpatient-acquired sepsis.
Speed is Life Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit
That’s why BC Sepsis Network has created the Speed is Life Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit, in recognition of World Sepsis Day 2017.
Dr. David Sweet, an emergency and intensive care physician, and the BCPSQC Clinical Lead for sepsis states: “We want all admitted patients to be monitored for potential new infections acquired during their hospital stay and ensure they are treated appropriately to prevent them developing sepsis or septic shock.”
This toolkit aims to provide BC inpatient hospital wards with information, resources and tools to successfully initiate, implement and spread best practices for hospital-acquired infections in pediatric and adult patients. It is designed for multidisciplinary teams and clinical leaders working on inpatient wards who want to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of infection early – and treat it effectively.
Below are a number of materials to help you spread the word about recognizing and treating inpatient sepsis.
- Access the Speed is Life Inpatient Sepsis Toolkit online, or download it as a PDF (attached below).
- Check out the BC Sepsis Network's Emergency Department sepsis resources. The BC Sepsis Guidelines Emergency Department Algorithm is one of our most popular resources.
- Visit the World Sepsis Day website for resources including articles, patient stories, sepsis facts, and infographics.
- Join the BC Sepsis Network to keep up to date on sepsis care in BC. The Network provides support for clinicians around our province to share resources, improve consistency of care, spread innovation and improvement ideas, and collaborate on change
And there are a number of events and learning opportunities happening in conjunction with World Sepsis Day:
- September 8 to 9: The 1st Annual World Sepsis Congress. This online congress brings together over 70 speakers from 20 countries to tackle the number one preventable cause of death worldwide: sepsis. Participation is open to everyone with an internet connection and free of charge. We will be live-tweeting many of the sessions with the hashtags #sepsis, #WSD16 and #worldsepsisday.
- September 13: World Sepsis Day!
- September 13: Sepsis Webinar. The Canadian Critical Care Society is hosting a webinar titled "Caring for Septic Patients: An Update for Critical Care Practitioners" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. PST. Register here!
Why do we say ‘Speed is Life’?
Because the faster a patient is diagnosed and treated the better their chance of survival.
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