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Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition involving the body's response to a severe infection. It manifests in various ways and may involve fever, low blood pressure, and dysfunction in vital organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, and lungs.

Sepsis affects 30,000 Canadians each year, and over one-third of these will die if not treated appropriately. As with polytrauma, heart attack, and stroke, the speed and appropriateness of therapy improves patient outcomes.

The Sepsis Getting Started Kit provides you with evidence-based resources to assist you in decreasing sepsis rates in your organization as well as in improving clinical outcomes from septic patients. This free resource contains clinical information, information on the science of improvement, and everything you need to know to start using the intervention.

Drawn from the best available evidence and expert advice, and regularly updated, the Sepsis Getting Started Kit will help to decrease the morbidity and mortality from sepsis in hospitalized patients through a structured approach to prevention, early identification and response to sepsis.

Getting Started Kit

The Sepsis Getting Started Kit is divided into five sections:

Section 1: Prevention, Identification and Response to Sepsis

Section 2: Pediatric Sepsis

Section 3: Maternal Sepsis

Section 4: Measurement – Technical Descriptions and Data Screens

Section 5: Sample Checklists and Other Tools

Want to learn more?  Download the complete Sepsis Getting Started Kit

This document was updated in September 2015

The Model for Improvement is designed to accelerate the pace of improvement using the PDSA cycle; a "trial and learn" approach to improvement based on the scientific method. Please refer to the Improvement Frameworks GSK (2015) for additional information.

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