On June 6–7, WSHA hosted the 10th annual Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference for 340 people. Attendees engaged both in-person at the Marriott Seattle Airport and remotely from around the world to further the mission to eliminate global sepsis suffering through education.
Sepsis community members came together to plan and execute the event, including staff at 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, novel approaches to sepsis identification and treatment, practical bedside tips for caring for patients with sepsis, resiliency, health equity, case studies and more. Speakers included local Seattle area nurses, physicians and pharmacists as well as sepsis experts from the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, Mexico, Switzerland and Kenya.
The conference also received a visit from Streaker, a therapy horse from the Triple B Foundation for Pet Therapy. Streaker visits hospitals, assisted living facilities and other organizations to meet patients and caregivers, assisting in their recovery and reducing anxiety. In-person attendees were delighted to meet Streaker and her handler, Brian, to experience her positive impact firsthand, including the Conference Planning Committee, below:
Streaker is definitely a sweet, calm and naturally comforting animal. Anyone interested in exploring pet therapy for themselves or their organization should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were unable to attend this year’s conference but are still interested in its content, the event recording will be available on-demand until early September – just register here as a virtual participant to gain access.