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Critical Care

Critical Care BC works to improve the equitable delivery and experience of critical care services across BC to optimize health outcomes.  By working on both clinical and performance improvement, we and our partners across the health system are moving towards achieving this goal.

All initiatives led by CCBC will align with the following goals of health improvement networks: 

  • Reduce unwarranted variation in health service across BC
  • Support interdisciplinary providers in the delivery of high quality services
  • Facilitate the use of and contribution to science
  • Support improved resource allocation
  • Increase province-wide capacity and value
  • Improve health outcomes and experience

Education & development
Upcoming events
Critical Care BC Connect 

*After registering, you will receive a calendar invite for future webinars. There is no need to register again if you have previously.


Pediatric Critical Care Learning Sessions 
  • Why - Supports shared learnings from provincial cases
  • When - 3rd Friday of every month at 1-2 PM
  • Where - Virtual (via Zoom)
  • Who - Provincial and Interdisciplinary
  • What - To de-identified cases presented by providers from a range of communities across BC 
  • Please register for the PCCL series on Zoom. Registration link
  • The PCCL team invites you to connect with them to share a case scenario you think would be helpful to review in one of the webinars. Please email them here
CEREBRI UBC Research Lectures
  • Please click here for links to past recordings of UBC's neuro-critical care research topics
  • If interested in attending future CEREBRI research lectures, please email cerebri.research@ubc.ca

  • CEREBRI and CCBC are hosting a Hybrid Resuscitation Symposium on May 28, 2024 held at VGH. To support attendees who are traveling from outside the lower mainland, the Michael Smith Health Research BC has offered grant money through their REACH Award. To learn more about the event, please click here

Recordings and PDFs

Clinical practice resources
Critical care COVID-19 resources

BCCDC is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing, infection control and vaccination for COVID-19.  Please visit BCCDC COVID-19 Care on information for health care professionals and public health partners.

BCCDC COVID-19 Care

ECLS resources

Provincial Emergency Fleet

Provincial Emergency Fleet is a provincially owned stockpile of medical devices intended to help hospitals manage unexpected increases in demand for critical care resources.  Regional Health Authorities can request these medical devices from the provincial stockpile for support during temporary periods when resources are insufficient or not available. 

Medical equipment include:

  • Mechanical ventilators
  • High-flow oxygen
  • Physiological monitor
  • Humidifier
  • Oxygen concentrators

Regional hospital authorities can submit requests for assistance from the Provincial Emergency Fleet.

Provincial Pediatric Support Pathways
Sepsis
These Post Sepsis Syndrome pamphlets and leaflets provide support for those recovering from sepsis. They should be reviewed with every sepsis survivor and their families upon discharge from critical care. They help patients, caregivers, and families know how to prevent re-infection and detect deterioration after recovery. Helpful links to valuable resources in BC and globally are included. Blank space has been left so sites can add in local support resources for follow-up care. These pamphlets and leaflets were created with the Patient Advisory Council of Action on Sepsis at UBC, in partnership with the BC Sepsis network.

Greater Vancouver

Outside the Lower Mainland
Provincial clinical practice guideline

Critical Care BC and its partners works with critical care professionals across BC to develop a broad range of clinical practice guidelines that support evidence-based leading practices across the province:

ECLS
Sepsis

Notice

Epidemiological summary

Influenza-related deaths associated with secondary bacterial infection among children aged 5-9 years were reported to the BCCDC. Increasing influenza activity (bccdc.ca)

While death is rare, secondary bacterial infections such as streptococcal infections, can result in rapid clinical deterioration and are important contributors to influenza-associated morbidity and mortality.

Influenza activity in BC has been increasing since November and is currently at the highest levels since the start of this respiratory season, predominated by influenza A (H1N1). Elevated influenza activity is expected to continue and there has been a reported rise in invasive group A streptococcal infections in children observed in BC, which underscores the importance of clinical vigilance, prevention and monitoring efforts for influenza, particularly among children at higher risk of severe outcomes.

What clinicians can do

Recognize Sepsis: BC Provincial Pediatric Sepsis guideline and toolkit

Secondary bacterial infections such as streptococcal infections, can result in rapid deterioration and are important contributors to influenza-associated morbidity and mortality. Early recognition of sepsis is critical. The BC Provincial Pediatric Sepsis toolkit is available on the Child Health BC website: CHBC (childhealthbc.ca) 


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