Stop Sepsis - Save Lives

As a recognized leader and advocate for advancing the improvement of healthcare for Canada's children and youth, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) supports the World Sepsis Day Declaration.

On September 13, World Sepsis Day, CAPHC will be hosting a national webinar to advance the understanding of the real consequences of sepsis and present new Canadian paediatric data to our community.

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We strongly encourage our member and partner organizations to visit the World Sepsis Day website and sign in support of the declaration. We also encourage and support our members in the development of national standards for the screening and treatment of sepsis through our National Community of Practice in Sepsis.

We would also like to ask our member and partner organizations to involve their media relations departments to help us raise awareness of the issue of sepsis world wide and here in Canada.


In Canada* sepsis claims an estimated 9,320 lives every year, representing 10.9% of all deaths occurring in hospitals.1 Sepsis is associated with extended hospital stays and considerable health care resource use.2 3 Patients whose sepsis occurred after they were admitted to hospital had 56% higher odds of dying than those diagnosed on admission. A typical episode of sepsis in Canada results in an average of 9 days longer than the median length of stay for other hospitalizations and 45% of all sepsis patients admitted to ICU in Canada died.1. More than 10% of sepsis hospitalizations are for children 4 years of age and under. The rapid delivery of basic interventions – first-hour antibiotics and intravenous fluids – increases survival rates by up to 50%, and is recognized as international best practice. Unfortunately not enough patients receive these interventions.

*Quebec data not available


1. Canadian Institute for Health Information, In Focus: A National Look at Sepsis(Ottawa, Ont:CIHI 2009)

2.  D. C. Angus et al., “Epidemiology of Severe Sepsis in the United States: Analysis of Incidence, Outcome, and Associated Costs of Care,” Critical Care Medicine 29, 7 (2001): pp. 1303–1310

3. Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Background, accessed October 30, 2009, from <>.

Ann WatkinsComment