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:ECLSSepsis
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)