What is the Pediatric Sepsis Data CoLab?
The Pediatric Sepsis Data CoLaboratory (Sepsis CoLab) is an international data-sharing network of healthcare workers, policy makers, researchers, and advocacy partners collaborating to address the high burden of pediatric sepsis mortality and morbidity globally.
Worldwide, at least 11 million people die every year due to sepsis (severe infections), the majority in low- and middle-income countries. Most of these deaths are treatable and preventable. To help us prevent these deaths, we need to collect accurate information on patients to help health care workers make individual treatment decisions. In addition, 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.
This international network shares information and data to further common priorities among collaborators to improve sepsis treatments and outcomes. The Sepsis CoLab facilitates partnerships to develop and validate tools for data collection and data sharing, enabling continuous quality improvement of care in health facilities across the world. The vision for the Sepsis CoLab arose out of the recognition that despite important milestones recently achieved in the fight against sepsis, lack of routinely collected data and coordination is hampering progress.
The Centre for International Child Health (CICH) at BC Children’s Hospital and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) have entered into a partnership and have launched this global network for collaboration and data-sharing to address pediatric sepsis mortality and morbidity. Targeted, investigator-driven initiatives within the network are being used to improve sepsis treatments and outcomes.
The Pediatric Sepsis CoLab's Focus Areas
- Patient and facility data – develop tools to enhance the collection of relevant, accurate data for research and quality improvement.
- Mobile and web applications – develop tools to inform, diagnose, advise and plan for improved outcomes using low-cost mobile technologies.
- Modelling and analytics – share and use information and data to draw conclusions about best courses of action
- Advocacy and prevention – advocate on a facility, national, and global scale for improved guidelines and practices for improved early recognition of sepsis.
Collaborate with the Pediatric Sepsis CoLab
Researchers and health workers globally have worked tirelessly over the years to advocate for better awareness, training and clinical management guidelines in sepsis. Through these efforts, sepsis was recently recognized as a priority issue through the adoption of a World Health Assembly resolution by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2017. In September 2020, the WHO’s first global report on sepsis reveals how gaps in data have impeded on global control efforts, reinforcing the need to do more.
For those interested in joining the Sepsis CoLab, we invite you to complete our short Membership Application here.
Sepsis CoLab Members have access to our Dataverse, an open-source data repository, enabling them to 1) access guidelines, tools, algorithms, and many other resources; 2) access and share data through data sharing agreements; and 3) securely store data.