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In this episode, Eric and Joe do a deep dive on sepsis with guest Dr. Rob Stenstrom, Sepsis and Infections Lead for the EM Network. They discuss the most practical definition of sepsis in the ED and which diagnostic score to use. They find the bottom line on serum lactate, fluid treatment, and blood cultures and antibiotic timing. Rob answers questions on which pressor to use, central access timing, and the status of novel therapies. Plus, is there a genetic predisposition to developing sepsis?

Sepsis Stats

  • 1 in 18 deaths in Canada involve Sepsis
  • 30% of Canadians hospitalized with sepsis die within 1 month.

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End of Shift Podcast Hosts


The End of Shift Podcast is hosted by EM Network members Eric Angus and Joe Haegert.

Eric Angus

Eric Angus is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at Lions Gate Hospital. He is married with 15-year-old twins. His nonmedical interests include origami, meditation, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, just generally being outside, and drinking wine. He has a diploma in mountain medicine and volunteers for ski patrol and the North Shore Rescue team. He is an ATLS instructor. He dabbles in stoicism and Buddhist philosophies.

Joe Haegert

Joe Haegert practices emergency and trauma medicine at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia. He is a talented teacher, engaging speaker, and devoted clinician. He lives in South Surrey with his wife Sandy and managed to raise three children without much incident. Known for his unflagging enthusiasm, Joe enjoys all aspects of the outdoors and recently has taken to turning wooden burls into all manner of bowls and tables.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the BC Emergency Medicine Network.

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