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KCSWCS Hospital and Critical Care Conference

Hospital and Critical Care Conference

May 3-4, 2018
Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS

The Hospital and Critical Care Conference is offered for anyone involved in the care of critical ill patients to become more knowledgeable, be cost effective, reduce readmissions, and ultimately, improve patient care and outcomes.

Course Details



  • Anaphylaxis and Angioedema
  • Altitude Illness
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Cardiac Arrest and CPR
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • End of Life Communication
  • Infection of the Nervous System
  • Intravenous Access-related Infections
  • Pediatric Rapid Response
  • Pregnant Critical Care Patient
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Sepsis
  • Venous Thromboembolism

Hospital and Critical Care Conference

Thursday, May 3 -
Friday, May 4, 2018

Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS
Registration Fees

KCSWCS Physician Members


KCSWCS Honorary Members

Non-member Physicians

Non-member NP, PA, RN and other health professionals

See registration form for single day pricing.




Download the complete, detailed, printer-friendly schedule, which includes session times, topics and faculty.
 Thursday, May 3
  7:30 am Registration
  8:00 am CME Sessions
  9:50 am Break and Visit Exhibitors
10:10 am  CME Sessions
 Noon Lunch
  1:00 pm CME Sessions
  2:50 pm  Break and Visit Exhibitors
  3:10 pm  CME Sessions
  5:00 pm Adjourn
 Friday, May 4
  7:30 am Registration
  8:00 am CME Sessions
  9:50 am Break and Visit Exhibitors
10:10 am CME Sessions
 Noon Lunch
  1:00 pm CME Sessions
  2:50 pm Break and Visit Exhibitors
  3:10 pm CME Sessions
  5:00 pm Adjourn


  • Register online now
  • Call 816.523.3383
  • Download the registration form. Send the completed form with payment to KCSWCS, 9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 280, Kansas City, MO 64114


Featured Speakers

Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN

Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education, Seattle, Washington


Nicole Kupchik has been a Critical Care RN for over 20 years. She graduated in 1993 from Purdue University with an Associate Degree in Nursing. In 2002 she received a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Washington, Bothell. In 2008 she received a Master’s Degree in Nursing specializing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington Seattle.

In 2007, she became a Critical Care Educator at Harborview Medical Center. The following year she accepted the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cardiology, Critical Care and founded the Sepsis Program. Nicole made huge strides to implement programs and improve outcomes. Her innovative work with Harborview Medical Center’s Sepsis Program was honored with 2 Washington State Qualis Awards for Patient Safety & Clinical Leadership.

Nicole finds her passion as a nurse educator and arms them with tools to create safe work and practice environments. Her casual style sets the tone for a relaxed, fun & interactive learning environment. She especially enjoys teaching on cardiology & critical care topics. She believes every critical care & progressive care nurse should be certified in their specialty area.

Lee Morrow, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska


Dr. Morrow received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his medical degree from the University of Iowa at Iowa City. He completed his Residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia and Fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. In his current position at Creighton University, Dr. Morrow serves as the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program Director and the Medical Director of the Nebraska-Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Simulation Laboratory.

Dr. Morrow is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Morrow maintains an active clinical research lab focusing primarily on the infectious complications of critical illness, nosocomial infections, and novel strategies for infection prophylaxis.

Dr. Morrow has been the recipient of numerous clinical, teaching, and research awards including recognition by U.S. News and World Report, the Gold Humanism Society, and the AOA Honor Society. Dr. Morrow is an avid teacher, giving over 100 hours of CME-accredited lectures each year. He is also a busy author with over 200 published manuscripts, book chapters, and research abstracts to date.


Abebe Abebe MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Clay Anderson MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care Services, Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, MO

Brad Barth MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Jeff Beasley DO, FACP, Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Cara Busenhart PhD, CNM, APRN, Program Director, Advanced Practice & Midwifery Education Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Jason Eppler MD, Lindsey Belt Emergency Physicians, LLC, Belton, MO 

Michael Lewis MD, Associate Professor, Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program Director, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Ken Marshall MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Joel McKinsey MD, Infectious Disease Associates of Kansas City, PC, Kansas City, MO

Whitney Pressler MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Diana Richter APRN-NP, Internal Medicine/Pulmonary, University of Kansas Health Care System, Kansas City, KS

Michael Waxman MD, MBA, CHCQM, FCCP, FACP, FABQAURP,  Medical Director, Medical Surgical ICU/PCU, Research Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Adjunct Professor, Helzberg School of Management, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO; Adjunct Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Kansas City University Of Medical and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS


At the end of the course, you will be able to:


  • Describe the clinical manifestations of Urticaria, angioedema and anaphylaxis
  • Develop a treatment algorithm for urticaria and anaphylaxis
  • Differentiate the current treatment strategies for allergic cs. ACE-inhibitor related angioedema

Altitude Illness

  • Discuss why medical problems occur in altitude illness and what can be done to prevent and treat them
  • Diagnosis and treat altitude illness

End-Tidal CO2 Use in Cardiac Arrest

  • Review the concepts of Capnography monitoring in cardiac arrest
  • Discuss methods of utilizing Capnography to assess perfusion
  • Describe the role of Capnography in fluid resuscitation

High Quality CPR and Team Dynamics

  • Describe the components of high quality CPR and effective defibrillation
  • Discuss effective team dynamics and team training
  • Describe Code Blue drill implementation

Pediatric Rapid Response

  • Review purpose of rapid response teams (RRTs)
  • Discuss effective implementation of pediatric RRTs
  • Discuss improvements in patient mortality associated with pediatric RRTs

New Clinical Updates in VTE

  • Define elements of VTE risk stratification, application for VTE prophylaxis and treatment decisions
  • Define recommendations and updates for VTE treatment

The Pregnant Critical Care Patient

  • Identify common causes of admission to the intensive care unit for pregnant or newly postpartum women.
  • Discuss physiologic differences in the critically ill pregnant or newly postpartum woman
  • Apply evidence-based practice principles to the care of the critically ill pregnant patient

The Hospitalized CF Patient

  • Paraphrase pulmonary treatment for CF patients
  • Manage antibiotic for CF patient
  • Discuss CFTR correctors

Pulmonary Embolus and Age-Adjusted D-Dimer

  • Decide what evidence to use for the age adjusted D-dimer test
  • Choose which patient is best for the age adjusted D-dimer test
  • Discuss the recent literature about diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolus

Opioid Epidemic and Guidelines

  • Summarize the magnitude of the opioid crisis
  • Discuss the nature of the opioid crisis and barriers to solutions
  • Review guidelines developed to help prescribers

Infection of the Nervous System

  • Diagnose and treat meningocephalitis
  • Manage spinal epidural abscess
  • Discuss other infections of the nervous system related to critical care

Dealing with Difficult People in your ICU: The Kruger-Dunning Effect

  • State the concept of the Kruger-Dunning Effect
  • Delineate factors that influence an individual's perception of competency
  • Outline strategies to remediate incompetent peers in the ICU

Update in ARDS

  • Properly diagnose ARDS
  • Paraphrase what treatments for ARDS improve outcome

Surviving Sepsis: Perpetuating Myths since 2001

  • Investigate the history of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and its interpretation of evidence-based medicine
  • Compare and contrast several key Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommendations with evidence in the literature

Communication Pearls in End of Life Care

  • Address the challenges inherent in patient-centered, honest communication at the end of life
  • Discuss mechanics and logistics and content of optimal patient-family-physician communication
  • Offer tips, suggestions, and scripting in end of life communications for debate and discussion

Intravenous Access Related Infections

  • Discuss common definitions in catheter related blood stream infection
  • State the epidemiology of catheter related blood stream infections
  • Discuss the pathogenesis, common microorganisms, diagnosis, management and prevention of catheter related blood stream infections

Course Materials

No printed syllabus will be available. Speaker presentations, exhibitor information and other general information for the conference is available on the meeting application. No hard-copy, paper handouts will be available. The app is available for iPhone, Android, laptops or computers. Usernames and Passwords will be sent by email to registered participants by April 25, 2018.

Continuing Education Credits

AMA: The Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: Application for prescribed CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

ABIM: Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 14.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

Nursing: The Department for Health and Human Services at Johnson County Community College is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 14.6 contact hours applicable for RN and LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Approved Provider Number: LT 0027-0549. Hours will be awarded for documented attendance only.


Marriott-Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210

A block of standard rooms has been reserved for our use at $119, plus applicable taxes. The room block will expire at 6:00 p.m. (CST) on April 11, 2018. After that date, reservations will be accepted based upon availability. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-810-2759. Be sure to ask for the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society group rate.

Current Exhibitors

  • CSL Behring
  • Insmed
  • TeamHealth
  • The University of Kansas Health System

Exhibitors Prospectus

Contact Us

Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society

9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 280
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816.523.3383
Fax: 816.523.3393