Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference 2020


The Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference is in its 8th year of providing high-quality sepsis education to an international community of people interested in improving sepsis care and outcomes.  This year, we redesigned the conference to respect our community’s need for social distancing and were able to provide this virtual education at no cost to attendees. The conference featured presentations by international experts on sepsis care and we thank them for graciously volunteering their time to make the day possible. Detailed speaker information is available here.

We would like to thank the following institutions for allowing members of their staff to serve on our planning committee:  Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, LifeMed Alaska, MultiCare, Oregon Health Sciences University, Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Health System, Swedish Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center Montlake and Northwest, and Washington State Hospital Association. Planning committee information is available here.

We would also like to thank our sponsor, LaJolla Pharmaceutical for an educational grant to support this conference.

Conference Agenda and PDFs of Presentations

Links to PDFs of speaker presentations are below. Some speakers did not use slides. All slides that are available are linked below. Please note that you will be asked to register for each session.

Printable version of agenda is here.

Please do not copy or reproduce any of this content without permission from the speaker(s).

General Session AM

Intro to the Day and Patient Story
David Carlbom, Harborview Medical Center    
Surviving Sepsis Update & Sepsis Priorities
Laura Evans, University of Washington Medical Center, Montlake                
Sepsis Literature Update: Top 3 Articles & Why
Elizabeth Bridges, University of Washington School of Nursing
Berry Fowler, Virginia Commonwealth University          
Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative:  Key Results
Matthew Niedner, Locum Tenens Pediatric Intensivist

Breakout Session A

Using Big Data to Improve Care                                           
Ithan Peltan Intermountain Healthcare
Rural Sepsis Challenges & Solutions                                  
Cody Staub, Kittitas Valley Healthcare
CMS & SEP-1 Questions & Answers 
Sean Townsend, Sutter Health
Breakout Session B

Walk or Run?  Balancing Speed with Accuracy 
David Sweet, Vancouver General Hospital
Impactful Posters              
Dauner– Kyle Danielson, UW Medicine/Airlift Northwest
Stevenson– Rick Janik, LifeMed Alaska
Shumacher- Liz Bridges, University of Washington School of Nursing

Advanced Sepsis Resus: Controversies

Any role for Volume Resus                                
Cat Beni, University of Washington Department of Surgery
Vasopressors:  Panoply                                                                
Sylvia Wong, Kaiser Permanente Seattle
Lactate or Physical Exam: Assessing Resus                         
Laura Evans, UW Medical Center, Montlake
Guideline Care for Kids: do they work?           
Reid Farris, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s

COVID-19 Lessons Learned
General Session PM  

Building a Provence-wide Approach to COVID Therapeutics  
David Sweet, Vancouver General Hospital
Creating a System-wide Approach                                                         
John Lynch, Harborview Medical Center
Nursing Considerations in COVID patients             
Cameron Muir & Heather Rathod,  UW Medical Center, NW                                                                                                  
Unifying Science                                                                                         
Ithan Peltan, Intermountain Healthcare
Crisis Standards                                                                                 
Laura Evans,  UW Medical Center, Montlake 
Critical Care Pearls                                                                                    
Nick Johnson, Harborview Medical Center
Washington State Lessons Learned & What’s Next            
Kathy Lofy, Washington State Department of Health
Healing Mentally & Preparing for “The Next Wave”                       
Peter Brindley, University of Alberta Hospital

Links to Recordings of Presentations

Please note that you will be asked to register for each session. Please do not copy or reproduce this content without permission from the speaker(s).

Morning General Session

Breakout Session A

Breakout Session B

Afternoon General Session- COVID Symposium

Links to Surveys and Certificates of Participation

Each link below will bring you to a survey for each of the 4 sessions. After you have viewed the session (live or via recording above), please complete the survey. At the end of the survey there will be a link provided to download a certificate of participation. You will need to print your own name on the certificate after printing. If you have issues with the survey or certificates please email

Morning General Session

Breakout A

Breakout B

Afternoon General Session- COVID Symposium

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Other Info and Contact Us

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Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

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