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IN-PERSON EVENT: Enhancing Sepsis Awareness and Management Across the Continuum

May 15 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Each year, over 1.7 million adults develop sepsis in the United States. One in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis, and sepsis hospitalizations account for a higher proportion of unplanned 30-day readmissions than hospitalizations for heart attack, heart failure, COPD, and pneumonia. Despite these statistics, only 1% of Americans can identify symptoms of sepsis.
The Vermont Branch of the New England QIN-QIO, in partnership with OneCare Vermont, held the Enhancing Sepsis Awareness and Management Across the Continuum conference on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Burlington, VT, from 10:30am – 4:30pm.
As a result of attending this in-person educational program, participants can now:
      • incorporate best practices related to preventing, identifying, and managing sepsis in skilled nursing facilities, pediatrics, home care, hospitals, and EMS;
      • describe the challenges facing survivors of sepsis; and
      • identify resources and strategies to support patients and families across the continuum of care.

Who Should Attend

Representatives from nursing homes, hospitals, home care agencies, physician practices, EMS, health plans, ID Providers, local aging network agencies, physical/occupational therapists, pharmacists, behavioral health counselors, and other stakeholders.

Our Speakers

Gilman B. Allen, MD is the physician Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and the Director of Adult Critical Care Services at the University of Vermont Medical Center. His prior research interests focused on animal modeling of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and the effects of ARDS and Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury on respiratory mechanics and lung function. When not providing direct patient care in the MICU, he spends the bulk of his non-clinical time on the oversight of general operations and quality improvement initiatives in the Medical and Surgical Critical Care Units.  His current research interests have carried over to the topics of physician-family communication in the ICU, early physical therapy in the critically ill, and the use of simulation training in promoting patient safety and physician teamwork performance.
Rebecca Bell, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Critical Care physician at the UVM Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed both her pediatrics residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a masters degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UVMMC and the Pediatric Medical Director for the UVM Health Net Critical Care Transport Team.
Maureen Eaton is a physical therapist who has been practicing in acute care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for the past 19 years.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in psychobiology from Yale University, she received her degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut.  While the majority of her 27 years as a physical therapist have been in acute care, she has also practiced in acute rehab and outpatient settings.  She has spent the last ten years as one of the primary physical therapists in the Intensive Care Unit at DHMC.  It is in the ICU that she has been an active proponent of early rehab intervention in various initiatives including: Early Progressive Mobility Pilot Study, Sedation and Delirium Project, Interdisciplinary ICU Education Initiative, and Implementation of the ABCDEF Bundle, an interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance ICU patient care and outcomes, through the Value Institute at DHMC.   She is a member of the Acute Care Section of the APTA and is currently serving on the Acute Care Value and Productivity Task Force.
Tom Heymann, MBA has been part of Sepsis Alliance since 2007, serving as a consultant, board member, and now President and Executive Director. Tom has led Sepsis Alliance to consecutive years of growth including the organization’s drive to increase sepsis awareness from 19% to 65% and the expansion of sepsis.org to a site serving more than 2.5 million patients, family members, care givers and medical professionals each year. Tom created and wrote six books with Random House concerning demographic and popular culture in the United States (On an Average Day…), the former Soviet Union and Japan. He is also the inventor of the children’s board game; The Baby Panda Game. Tom earned his MBA in Marketing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication.
Jason Kirchick, RN, MPH(c) is a researcher and graduate student at the University of New England. Jason came to the nursing profession following a near-death experience with H1N1 Influenza and spent several weeks in the Intensive-Care Unit fighting sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and multi-organ failure. Through his experience as a patient, he became a Patient-Family Advisor for the University of Vermont Medical Center and Patient Ambassador and Peer-Reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Jason is a Pediatric High-Tech nurse in home health and a County Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corp. In addition to completing his MPH graduate work this spring, Jason will also be completing his BSN/MSN at Sacred Heart University and intends to pursue doctoral studies.
Derek Kouwenhoven, RN, joined Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (CVHHH) in 2015 as Director of Clinical Services, bringing almost 20 years of experience working in emergency medicine and as a clinical manager in a hospital setting. Derek worked his way up through Central Vermont Medical Center’s (CVMC) Emergency Department, starting there as a staff nurse, then as an educator and ER manager. As Director of Critical Care Services at CVMC, he oversaw the ICU and ER departments. He then served as the Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department, where he was responsible for managing day-to-day operations. “I am drawn to the focus of home health and the technologies that follow this focus. I see the health care environment changing to more of a preventative model that strives to keep people in their homes, and to reduce ER and hospital visits.” Before joining CVMC, Derek worked as a paramedic for six years in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Derek lives in Bristol with his wife and three children.
Jamme Morency is an occupational therapist who graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduation, she has been working in acute care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has been working in medical, surgical, and cardiac intensive care units consistently for the last four years. At Dartmouth, she is part of a multidisciplinary initiative to improve care of ICU patients. She also works per diem at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord, NH. She has been part of research projects, which have allowed her to speak at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress in Chile, the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, and the New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association Conference.
Joshua Patrick, MPSLA, NRP is the Deputy Chief / Clinical Manager for Peterborough Fire & Rescue.  He is a paramedic that earned a Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Mobile Integrated Healthcare.  Mr. Patrick is passionate about sepsis care and is the author of the New Hampshire emergency medical services advanced sepsis care protocol.

Our Sponsors

Partner Sponsor

OneCare, as a statewide population health organization, will enhance the effectiveness of patient and family centered care for all Vermonters. We are dedicated to optimizing the delivery of care in order to improve outcomes and patient experience in support of a sustainable health care system under a predictable rate of growth. OneCare is focused on improved health, higher quality, lower cost increases and greater coordination of care for all of our beneficiaries.

Gold Sponsors

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation believes reaching ZERO preventable deaths in hospitals is not only the right goal, but an attainable one with the right people, ideas, and technology. No matter your role, you can TAKE ACTION! Get involved today by visiting: http://patientsafetymovement.org/get-involved/ 
Sepsis Alliance is the leading sepsis organization in the U.S., working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professionals and community members together in the fight against sepsis. In 2018, Sepsis Alliance created the award-winning national campaign, It’s About T.I.M.E.TM, to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of sepsis and to highlight the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized. Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Since 2007, sepsis awareness in the U.S. has risen from 19% to 65%. Sepsis Alliance is a GuideStar Gold Rated charity. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.

Bronze Sponsor

Vermont Department of Health

Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4 Nursing Contact Hours.
This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 4.5 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20200511-6.00-A54772-IN.
The Connecticut Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists in attendance who complete an  evaluation can receive up to 6.16 contact hour of credit.
To review the objectives for each of these knowledge-based programs at the conference, please click here.


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