August 8, 2019 all-day
Great Bend Events Center
3111 10TH ST.
KS 67530
Kara Irey

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Join us for a FREE educational event focused on employing best practices to facilitate effective patient hand-offs.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 [two meeting time options; please choose one]

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Click here to RSVP


  1. Define sepsis
  2. Differentiate sepsis versus septic shock
  3. Describe the role of daily care providers and pre-hospital providers in the identification, assessment and treatment of patients with sepsis and septic shock
  4. Apply the CHART steps of identification, assessment and initial care for patients with sepsis and septic shock
  5. Explain how care providers can identify the presence of infection related triggers for sepsis
  6. Explain the role of vital signs such as blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, lactate, end-tidal CO2 and temperature in the identification and assessment of patients with sepsis and septic shock
  7. Prioritize treatment tools and techniques for patients experiencing sepsis and septic shock
  8. Employ recommendations to facilitate effective patient hand-offs
  9. Listen to a first-hand account of a patient with sepsis and their family’s experience



Rommie (Rom) Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. Rom serves on the Editorial Board for JEMS magazine and the Advisory Board of the Sepsis Alliance. Rom is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine and an emergency services advocate and speaker at conferences around the world.

Susan Runyan started her own consulting firm in 2016. She primarily assists Critical Access Hospitals with quality improvement activities and programs along with quality data reporting. Runyan’s background includes more than 14 years in hospital risk and quality management with 28 years overall in a variety of health care roles. Most recently, she served as program director for the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. She has also served as a quality improvement project manager for the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care. Runyan has expertise in teaching Lean and Plan-Do-Study-Act methodologies, as well as other performance/quality improvement training. Her clinical background is a paramedic both in the field and in a rural hospital emergency department.

Runyan is a board member for the Kansas Association of Health Care Executives and is a former president of the Kansas Association of Risk and Quality Management. She holds a Master of Health Care Leadership from Friends University and a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from Southwestern College. Runyan also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate in health care from Villanova University, Villanova, PA.