Misdiagnosed ‘Sepsis’ Now a Global Health Priority for World Health Organization

In Geneva on May 26, 2017, the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) established Sepsis, one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases, as a global priority.

The executive Board of the WHO unanimously recommended the resolution adopted by the WHA to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis through a series of measures directed at developed and developing countries around the world.

CAPHC, through its Sepsis Community of Practice (CoP) led by Dr. Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon, has advocated for this outcome since 2013 and is thrilled with this result. “CAPHC has done yeoman service bringing together the experts in child and youth health to identify the issues of sepsis in Canadian paediatrics. A Community of Practice was established that enabled the dissemination of research, best practices, the development of tools and the building of relationships outside of acute care hospitals to the community through TREKK (Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids)”, says Dr. Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon, Vice-President, Medical Affairs BC Children’s Hospital. “CAPHC helped to raise the challenges for ICD systems to report the true prevalence of sepsis in paediatrics.”

“Through the work of the CAPHC Community of Practice, we continue to advocate for improved public and professional awareness in order to better diagnose and manage this potentially deadly disease” says CAPHC Board Chair, Dr. Peter Fitzgerald. “In 2013, CAPHC signed the World Sepsis Day Declaration and led an email campaign to the Federal Minister and all Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health asking them to endorse the goals of WSD. The work continues.”

CAPHC Sepsis CoP members have developed tools and resources for the unique needs of the child and youth healthcare community and hosted events to raise awareness in their communities.  These are available at http://ken.caphc.org/xwiki/bin/view/Sepsis/

CAPHC continues to support the child health community in their research and quality improvement programs aimed at sepsis and the development of improved data reporting systems.

Please click here to read the entire GSA Statement and WHA declaration.

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About CAPHC:

The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) is a non-profit organization recognized as a leader in advancing the improvement of healthcare for Canada’s children and youth. CAPHC’s mandate is to affect system-wide change in the delivery of healthcare services by focusing on innovative initiatives and programs that have broad national relevance. Today, CAPHC is proud to support inter-professional child and youth health care providers and families from more than 70 organizations in Canada.

To learn more about CAPHC’s programs, partners, and services, visit www.caphc.org or follow us on Twitter, @CAPHCTweets.


For further information, please contact:

Lisa Stromquist
National Coordinator Quality and Patient Safety