What is the Pediatric Sepsis Data CoLab?

Worldwide, at least 7 million people die every year due to sepsis (severe infections), the majority in low and middle income countries. Neonates and children under five are especially vulnerable with approximately 6 million of the deaths occurring in this age group each year. Many of these deaths can be prevented with simple treatments such as antibiotics, oxygen and fluid therapy. 

To help us prevent these deaths we need to collect accurate information on sick patients to help healthcare workers make treatment decisions. Collecting this data can also help hospitals gain insight into facility-wide processes, leading to a better understanding of the safety, quality, and efficiency of their care. Unfortunately, accurate data collection is often challenging in under-resourced countries. 

In this context, the Centre for International Child Health and the University of British Columbia are launching a new international collaboration (the Pedaitric Sepsis CoLab) that will share information to improve sepsis treatments and outcomes. The Sepsis CoLab will facilitate partnerships with active local experts in low and middle-income countries to build tools that can help healthcare workers collect and share data, with the ultimate goal of increasing collaboration and the understanding of sepsis in children.


What will the CoLab do?

The CoLab will develop, evaluate and distribute tools that can help with the diagnosis and management of pediatric sepsis. We will also engage and connect experts and strategic partners to create opportunities to use these tools to improve the outcomes for children with sepsis. Throughout its work, the CoLab will provide the essential link between healthcare providers, patients and their families, and worldwide sepsis networks. The CoLab will act in four areas:

  1. Patient and facility data – develop tools to enhance the collection of relevant, accurate data for research and quality improvement
  2. Mobile and web applications – develop tools to inform, diagnose, advise and plan for improved outcomes using low-cost mobile technologies
  3. Modelling and analytics – use information to draw conclusions about best courses of action
  4. Advocacy and prevention – advocate on a facility, national, and global scale for improved guidelines and practices for improved early recognition of sepsis.

Why BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver?

At the Centre for International Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, we have a core group of individuals with a rich history of research and clinical experience in pediatric sepsis. Our team of passionate and experienced global health practitioners from a variety of fields (epidemiology, critical care, infectious disease, technology development, engineering, capacity building, nursing, and more) are well-placed to strengthen a collaboration such as this. The team values education and open access to resources for the improvement of health care globally.

Click on the image below to view the timeline of progress in collaborations to advance the management of sepsis.