Sepsis policy, guidelines and standards in Canada: a jurisdictional scoping review protocol Journal Articles uri icon

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  • IntroductionTo our knowledge, this study is the first to identify and describe current sepsis policies, clinical practice guidelines, and health professional training standards in Canada to inform evidence-based policy recommendations.Methods and analysisThis study will be designed and reported according to the Arksey and O’Malley framework for scoping reviews and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses Extension for Scoping Reviews. EMBASE, CINAHL, Medline, Turning Research Into Practice and Policy Commons will be searched for policies, clinical practice guidelines and health professional training standards published or updated in 2010 onwards, and related to the identification, management or reporting of sepsis in Canada. Additional sources of evidence will be identified by searching the websites of Canadian organisations responsible for regulating the training of healthcare professionals and reporting health outcomes. All potentially eligible sources of evidence will be reviewed for inclusion, followed by data extraction, independently and in duplicate. The included policies will be collated and summarised to inform future evidence-based sepsis policy recommendations.Ethics and disseminationThe proposed study does not require ethics approval. The results of the study will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presented at local, national and international forums.


  • Sheikh, Fatima
  • Chechulina, Victoria
  • Daneman, Nick
  • Garber, Gary E
  • Hendrick, Kathryn
  • Kissoon, Niranjan
  • Loubani, Osama
  • Russell, Kristine
  • Fox-Robichaud, Alison
  • Schwartz, Lisa
  • Barrett, Kali

publication date

  • February 2024