Pediatric Sepsis

The Child Health BC (CHBC) provincial guideline and accompanying toolkit are for use with pediatric patients presenting to emergency departments (ED’s) or urgent care centers in British Columbia.  

The intent of the Provincial Pediatric Sepsis Toolkit is to: 

  • Provide recommendations for best practice to recognize and treat pediatric sepsis, suspected sepsis or septic shock 
  • Provide clinical support tools for clinicians in Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers
  • Support standardized practice of pediatric sepsis care across British Columbia 
  • Provide parent/caregiver materials when a child is suspected of having, or diagnosed with sepsis 




Sepsis Alliance Child Focused Materials:

Supplement to above resources for health care providers:  


The CHBC Provincial Pediatric Sepsis Recognition and Emergency Management Guideline is based on international best practice incorporating input from pediatric clinicians across BC. Both the guideline and toolkit resources were developed in collaboration with the following partners:

BC Children’s Hospital
BC Patient Voices Network 
First Nations Health Authority 
Fraser Health Authority
Hamilton Health Services
Health Quality BC 
Interior Health Authority
Island Health Authority
Northern Health Authority
Provincial Health Services Authority 
Vancouver Coastal Health 

Child Health BC would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their assistance with the development of the toolkit, including permitting us to utilize or adapt their materials for use within British Columbia. 

ubc     the cich                    Queensland Government

Canadian Sepsis Foundation    Sepsis Canada                         Sepsis Alliance               

Canadian Sepsis Foundation