Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference brings community expertise on sepsis to Seattle

From June 6-7, the WSHA hosted the 10e Pacific Northwest Sepsis annual conference for 340 people. Participants engaged both in person at Seattle Marriott Airport and remotely from around the world to further the mission of ending sepsis-related suffering worldwide through education.

Members of the Sepsis community came together to plan and execute the event, including staff from WSHA, UW Medicine (Airlift Northwest, UWMC and Harborview), Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, University of British Columbia, LifeMed Alaska and St. Luke’s Health System.

Topics included a focus on the global burden of sepsis, new approaches for identifying and treating sepsis, practical bedside guidance for caring for patients with sepsis, resilience, equity in health, case studies and more. Speakers included local Seattle-area nurses, doctors and pharmacists as well as sepsis experts from the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, Mexico, Switzerland and from Kenya.

The conference also featured a visit from Streaker, a therapy horse from the Triple B Foundation for Animal Therapy. Streaker travels to hospitals, assisted living facilities and other organizations to meet with patients and caregivers, to help them recover and reduce their anxiety. In-person attendees were thrilled to meet Streaker and his manager, Brian, to experience his positive impact first-hand, including the conference planning committee, below:

Top (left to right): Anne Heberer (St. Lukes, Boise ID), Mary Jo Kelly (UWMC-NW), Sara Fenstermacher (Seattle Children’s), Reid Farris (Seattle Children’s and Harborview), David Sweet (UBC/ Vancouver General, Vancouver BC), Kyle Danielson (ALNW), Julie Solar (UBC, Vancouver BC), Stefanie Novakowski (UBC, Vancouver BC) Bottom (left to right): Cody Staub (Kittitas Valley), Marie Yabut (Overlake ), Gayle Murphy (OHSU), Rosemary Grant (WSHA), Streaker!, Rick Bassett (St. Lukes, Boise ID), David Carlbom (Harborview)

Streaker is definitely a gentle, calm and naturally comforting animal. Anyone interested in exploring pet therapy for themselves or their organization should email [email protected]

If you were unable to attend this year’s conference but are still interested in its content, the recording of the event will be available on demand until early September. All you have to do is register here as a virtual participant to gain access.

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