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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s overreaction to an infection. To learn more about sepsis, view our What is Sepsis? page.

Who We Are

Sepsis Canada is a research network made up of researchers, health care providers, trainees and patient partners from across Canada, with a wide range of expertise and experience. Together, our members work together to improve the awareness, care and recovery from sepsis for all Canadians.

Patient Partners

Why We Do It

A photo of Mac in the ICU

 An estimated 48.9 million cases of sepsis and 11 million sepsis-related deaths were reported worldwide. This represents almost 20% of all global deaths.1  Additionally, it is estimated that sepsis costs Canadians $1.7B annually.2

If sepsis is not recognized early, it can lead to septic shock, organ failure and death. Our goal is to reduce the burden of sepsis for patients and families in Canada, by better understanding the causes and improving the prevention, detection and management of sepsis.

“An infection in my finger didn’t get the right and timely treatment. As a result I experienced a life changing, near death experience. As a patient partner with Sepsis Canada I do what I can to assist sepsis survivors and medical researchers who are working tirelessly to find solutions to the sepsis challenges.”

- Sepsis Survivor, Sepsis Canada Patient Advisor, Mac Horsburgh (pictured right)