Best Practice Advisory Centre

Sepsis: Recognition, Diagnosis and Early Management

BPAC has released a national sepsis benchmark for New Zealand.

Clinical Tools

Our clinical tools are aligned with BPAC guidance and have been developed in collaboration with the UK Sepsis Trust and medical specialists working in New Zealand hospitals. The tools focus on simplifying the decision making process and delivering early resuscitation using the "Sepsis Six".

Paediatric Sepsis Screening and Action Tool

To be applied to all patients under 15 years of age.

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Adult Sepsis Screening and Action Tool

To be applied to all non-pregnant adults and children over 15 years with fever (or recent fever) symptoms, or who are clearly unwell with any abnormal observations.

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Maternal Sepsis Screening and Action Tool

To be applied to all women who are pregnant or up to six weeks postpartum (or after the end of pregnancy if pregnancy did not end in a birth) who have a suspected infection or have clinical observations outside normal limits.

Sepsis Hypoperfusion Pathway

Use in conjunction with EWS chart & Sepsis Six Screening and Action Tool.

Empiric Antibiotic Guidance

This guidance is for the emergency management of patients with sepsis.