Using aerobic exercise to improve health outcomes for sepsis survivors

Sepsis is the result of organ failure-related infection in at least one organ system, often leading to admission to a critical care unit for advanced life support measures. In survivors of this serious illness, 30-50 per cent will have a sepsis readmission within the year. Low quality of life, high rates of muscle weakness and activity limitation are listed as the most pressing issues facing sepsis patients after a critical care discharge. Improving the cardio-respiratory function of this patient population could increase their chances of survival and help them resume important activities. 

This study will assess the safety and feasibility of a 10-week aerobic exercise training program for sepsis survivors. Outcome measures will relate to cardio-respiratory function as well as reduced long-term adverse events. 

“This intervention has the potential to revolutionize the lives of sepsis survivors, empowering patients to take back their health through safe, personalized exercise,” says Dr. Boyd.

Project Status
Lead Institution
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation


  • Prevention, Population and Public Health

First Nations land acknowledegement

Action on Sepsis operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples — xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We invite everyone to reflect on the traditional territories and land that they currently work and live on.

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