Quality and Outcomes 2016

September 21-24 • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel • New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Wednesday, September 21 - 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday September 22 - 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, September 23 - 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24 - 6:30 am - 12:00 Noon



ICEBP Steering Committee

8:40 am - 9:40 am
. Mid City Salon 821

Perfusion Registry Summit

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mid City Salon 821

Welcome and Introduction

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Shahna L. Bronson CCP & Cory M. Alwardt PhD CCP

Session 1 - Using Data for Quality Improvement: Back to the Basics

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Donald S. Likosky PhD & Timothy A. Dickinson MS CCP Emeritus

Objective: Give the audience an understanding of the process of defining a "question" (ie, Quality Improvement Initiative), and developing the methods to address the question.

This session will begin with learner participation in a "Flipped Classroom" at AmSECT University prior to attending the live session, which will be interactive and participant-driven. The Flipped Classroom will feature content such as presentation of data/evidence, description of study design, and description of the improvement assessment. The live session will feature small, round-table discussions around a quality improvement project.

Click the links below to view the handouts:

Session 2 - Data Breakouts

2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderated by Robert C. Groom MS CCP FPP & Julie Wegner PhD

For this session the audience will split in half and attend two consecutive breakout sessions, each 60 minutes in duration.

Breakout Session #1: How to Critique a Study (60 minutes)
Borgne Room
Click here to download the syllabus

Participants will review a recent paper that potentially may impact their clinical practice. The following questions will be addressed:

  • What if the study findings are true?
  • Did the investigators select the correct study design and populations?
  • Is there a plausible explanation for the findings, and are the findings generalizable?
  • What would you do at your center if the findings were true?

15 minute break between breakout sessions

Breakout Session #2: Interpretation of Biostatistics - a Hands-on Approach (60 minutes)
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Click here to download the syllabus

Discuss the different types of observational study designs (cohort, case control, interventional) and provide a glossary of important statistical terminology, with definitions and examples from the literature.

Session 3 - Supporting Perfusion Practice Through Registries

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Luc Puis ECCP 

Objective: Discussion of the current state of perfusion registries, how they can be implemented, and how they can be useful to non-participants.

Part One (4:30 pm - 5:15 pm)

Part Two: Pro-Con Debate (5:15 pm - 5:45 pm)

Speaker's Reception

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Poydras Room

All speakers and moderators are invited to join the Board of Directors and fellow faculty members at the Speaker's Reception.


Session 4 – Breakfast Session
Mycobacterial Infections Associated with Heater/Cooler Units in Cardiac Surgery

7: 00 am - 8:55 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Robert A. Baker PhD CCP (Aust)

Objective: Delegates will learn about the proposed risk of using heater/cooler units in cardiac surgery, with an in-depth look at the science, patient risk, and regulatory and international perspectives.

Click here to download the syllabus.

  • 7:00 am - 7:05 am
    Welcome and Introduction - Robert A. Baker PhD CCP (Aust)
  • 7:05 am - 7:30 am
    Mycobacterium Infections Associated with Heater Cooler Units; Sampling and Testing for Non-TB Mycobacterium - Bryan Christensen PhD MEPC
  • 7:30 am - 7:40 am
    European Perspective - Luc Puis ECCP
  • 7:40 am - 8:00 am 
    FDA Response - Jeffrey B. Riley MHPE CCT CCP
  • 8:00 am - 8:55 am
    Panel Discussion

Brief Break

8:55 am - 9:00 am

Session 5 - Use of Data in Special Populations

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Donald S. Likosky PhD

Objectives: Delegates will challenge the traditional paradigm of what data is collected and shared, exploring novel but clinically relevant data from special populations. Four different data sets will be presented and delegates will have time to discover what they would really like to see collected on special populations.

  • 9:00 am - 9:20 am
    Support for Congenital Perfusion Registry — Kevin Charette CCP
  • 9:20 am - 9:40 am
    DHCA: Is it Time for Systematic Data Collection? — Michael Colligan MS CCP
  • 9:40 am - 10:00 am
    Cases with Long CPB Times — Timothy A. Dickinson MS CCP Emeritus

Refreshments with Exhibitors

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Napoleon Ballroom C/D

Session 6 - Technology in Perfusion

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP, Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT & Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Objective: Learn about some of the newest technology in cardiovascular perfusion, including applications for electronic charting, perfusion apps/software, new clinical products, and even classic but underutilized technology. 

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Curiosity, Discovery to Explore Educational Technology at AmSECT University
Presented by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP

11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Technology at Your Fingertips
Presented by Jacob McNinch, Cardiovascular Perfusion Student, SUNY Upstate Medical University

12:05 pm - 12:25 pm
Shaping Your Future: Afternoon Activities
Presented by Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT

Session 7 - Lunch Session
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Beyond Inoperable and High Risk – A Surgeon’s Perspective

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Presented by Dr. Mark Russo
Click here to download the syllabus

Session 8 - Technology Workshops

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Moderated by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP, Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT & Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Objective: Get interactive with the new and old technology in cardiovascular perfusion.

Session 8A - Hands-on Technology Workshops

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Moderated by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP, Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT & Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Each breakout session will progress simultaneously for 90 minutes. Participants will rotate in small sessions through as many stations as desired to get some hands on or practical experience with each product represented. 

Workshop I: AmSECT University: Bring Your Own Laptop

Maurepas Room
Instructed by Dawn M. Oles, MHPE, CCP, LP, Provost of AmSECT University
This hands on workshop allows the learner to build their own institution-specific website, add users, build a class and set up reports while at the conference.

Workshop II: Technology Spotlight: What's New: Equipment Engagement

Napoleon Room
This hands-on session allows the participant to practice using the equipment under the guidance of clinical specialists and perfusionist who use the products.

  • Haemonetics Clinical Resources
    Instructed by Mike Miller, Manager, Hemostasis Clinical Resources
    • Hands-on use of the next generation TEG
    • Attendees will learn how to start, run, and evaluate tracings with the new TEGs
  • Angiodynamics
    Instructed by Peter Makula
    • Attendees will set up the Angiovac system and see how to extract a clot
  • Quest: Single Dose and/or Intermittent?
    Instructed by Richard Hayes & Dennis Cook
    • This workshop will demonstrate the transitional ease of the built in flexibility of the MPS, as well as highlight the settings and considerations of each strategy. 
  • Set-Up, Priming & Management of the TandemLife/TandemLung System
    Instructed by Jerry Stokes, Clinical Director & Mark Sears, Territory Manager
    • Explain the associated steps and Management Tips when setting up and priming the TandemLife/LandemLung System

Workshop III: ECLS

Borgne Room

  • When and Why Would You Use Two Oxygenators for ECMO?
    Instructed by Mark Lucas, MPS, CCP, CPBMT
    Click here to download the syllabus
    • Participants will understand the purpose and timing for using two oxygenators for ECMO.  Participants will experience demonstration of flow and pressure dynamics of a double oxygenator circuit

  • Save Those Cannula We May be going back on
    Instructed by Jacob McNinch – SUNY Upstate Medical University
    • This workshop will demonstrate a simple plan for preserving the cannulas in the event of an emergent termination of ECMO

  • How to Ambulate Your ECLS Patient
    Instructed by Michael Colligan RN MS CCP
    • This session will cover why you should ambulate ECLS patients, environmental considerations to ponder, safety concerns, and the best way to monitor the patients during ambulation.
  • Keeping you safe: Checklists for your ECMO practice
    Instructed by Bruce Searles MS CCP
    • This interactive workshop will discuss the use of checklists to improve safety in your ECMO program.

Session 8B - Hands-on Technology Workshops

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Moderated by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP, Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT & Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Each breakout session will progress simultaneously for 90 minutes. Participants will rotate in small sessions through as many stations as desired to get some hands on or practical experience with each product represented. 

Workshop IV: The Gold Sponsors – Technology Spotlight: What’s New?

Napoleon Room

  • LivaNova: Improving Suction Blood Quality: Inspire Dual Reservoir and XTRA
    Instructed by Larry Petree and Kathryn Yankowsky
    • Attendees will learn how the Inspire Dual Reservoir can make management of suction blood simple and how the new PFAT protocol in the XTRA can optimize the removal of fat emboli during cell washing.

  • Medtronic: Affinity Fusion Oxygenation System
    Instructed by Michael Cristoforo
    • Learn from a current user on their experiences using the Affinity Fusion Oxygenation System.  Hear about some of the unique features and advantages of Fusion.

  • Spectrum: Non-Invasive Physiologic Parameter Monitoring and New Generation Electronic Medical Records
    Instructed by Scott Bowers CCP-Emeritus & Patrick Power, Support Engineer
    • The Learner will be able to observe non-invasive monitor that measures, Hemoglobin, SaO2, SvO2, up to three Flow/Emboli Sensors, FiO2, FiCO2, Sweep, FeCO2, and predicted PaO2 and predicted PaCO2, as well as various calculations such as DO2, VO2, and VCO2, as well as calculated indexes.

  • Terumo: Fresenius CATSmart Autotransfusion System
    Instructed by Benjamin Komorowski
    • The purpose of the presentation is to introduce the new Fresenius CATSmart Continuous Autotransfusion system and detail the features and benefits in the new design.

Workshop V: Fundamentals

Borgne Room

  • LivaNova: 3T Heater/Cooler Disinfection In-Service
    Instructed by Mark Gilpin

    • In this session, a LivaNova Clinical Specialist will demonstrate the disinfection process for the 3T Heater/Cooler Device.

  • The Auditors Are Coming! Are You Ready?
    Instructed by Dawn M. Oles MHPE CCP LP
    • What if JCAHO dropped in today? This session reviews what documents you would need to present to an auditor
  • Welcoming a Traveler: Creating a Quick, Smooth Transition
    Instructed by Shahna Bronson BS CCP

    • The need for travelers is increasing as our profession grows & fluxes with the economy. This session teaches how to integrate travelers quickly to your environment. There will be a chance to ask questions, give feedback and help others learn to use traveler perfusionists with success. 

Workshop VI: Making Your Practice Better

Maurepas Room

  • Global Blood Resources
    Instructed by Keith A. Samolyk CEO BS CCP Emeritus
    • A higher level of autologous blood conservation & coagulation in cardiac surgery, the Hemobag is the best and easiest eight minutes for optimizing coagulation, fluid balance and homeostasis economically in our cardiac surgery patients.

  • Biomed Simulation: Califia
    Instructed by Robin G. Sutton CCP CHSE

    • Watch a simulated patient's physiology respond to clinical interventions in real time. See our beating heart option in action.
  • Sterile Preparation to Replace an Oxygenator
    Instructed by Mark Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT & Leo Carr
    Click here to download the syllabus
    • Participants will practice gowning and gloving to change out sterile components on your circuit.
  • Standardization: Keeping Your Practice Safe?
    Instructed by Tim Dickinson MS CCP
    • The key to improving quality is to minimize (unwanted) variation. Standardization of processes/practices helps minimize unwanted variation.

Manufacturers Reception

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Napoleon Ballroom C/D


Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

6:30 am - 8:00 am
Napoleon Ballroom C/D

Session 9 - Keynote Address: Dr. James H. Abernathy III

8:00 am - 8:35 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by David Fitzgerald CCP

Click here to download the syllabus

Keynote Q&A with Dr. James H Abernathy III

8:35 am - 8:45 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by David Fitzgerald CCP

Session 10 - Safety in the High Stakes Environment

8:45 am - 10:30 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Jane Ottens CCP (Aust) & David Fitzgerald CCP

Objective: This session will help participants understand how to report an error, ways to mitigate errors, and assess future risk. A discussion will follow to allow the audience to provide ideas to AmSECT on the future direction of safety initiatives.

At the start of the session, an incident will be proposed. Each topic will then refer to the incident and the essential components for ongoing safety in our profession.

Refreshments with Exhibitors

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Napoleon Ballroom C/D

Session 11 - The Role of Human Factors and Engineering in Cardiac Surgery

11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by David Fitzgerald CCP & Cory M. Alwardt PhD CCP

Objective: This session will give participants an appreciation for the role of human factors in the safety and outcomes in the operating room. Topics will include safe communication, usability engineering, and environmental factors.

Lunch with Exhibitors

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Napoleon Ballroom C/D

Session 12 - ECMO - Balancing Innovation and Best Practices

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Cory M. Alwardt PhD CCP

Objective: Learn about current topics in ECMO, including both patient care topics and logistics of running an ECMO program.


3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B Foyer

Session 13 - Lightning Talks

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by 
Keith A. Samolyk CEO BS CCP Emeritus & Mark T. Lucas MPS CCP CPBMT

Objective: Fast and furious, delegates will be given the opportunity to deliver their message in record time.

  • TBD - Carla Maul 
    4:00 pm – 4:09 pm
  • Innovative Extraction Therapy – John Grey 
    4:09 pm - 4:18 pm
  • Who Should Watch the ECMO? – Joe Basha 
    4:18 pm - 4:27 pm
  • Platelet Function Results Post-CPB – Tom Preston 
    4:27 pm - 4:36 pm
  • ACT Management on ECMO – Debbie White 
    4:36 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Thinking About Seldom Encountered Crisis in Clinical Perfusion – Dave Hodnick
    4:45 pm - 4:54 pm
  • Why Aren't We Optimizing Pre-operative HCTs? – John W. Pieroni CCP 
    4:54 pm – 5:03 pm
  • ECLS Cannulation? Save the Body, Kill the Head. No! - William Harris
    5:03 pm – 5:12 pm 

Session 14 - Moderated Poster Discussion

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm 
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by 
Shahna L. Bronson CCP & Luc Puis ECCP


Continental Breakfast

6:30 am - 8:00 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B

Poster Awards Ceremony

7:50 am - 8:00 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Session 15 - What Does it Take to be Effective, and Where Do I Start?

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Shahna L. Bronson CCP

Objective: Discuss strategies to overcome and avoid common pitfalls of being a leader in perfusion. 

  • Understanding and Managing Your Environment - Michael Colligan MS CCP
    8:00 am - 8:15 am
  • Motivating Your Team - Kenneth G. Shann CCP
    8:15 am - 8:30 am
  • Negotiating and Finding Your Leverage - Daniel Rodriguez MHS CCP
    8:30 am - 8:45 am
  • Simulated Scenario with Panel Discussion
    8:45 am - 9:30 am


9:30 am - 9:45 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B Foyer

Session 16 - ICEBP/AmSECT Standards and Guidelines

9:45 am - 11:35 am
Napoleon Ballroom A/B
Moderated by Robert A. Baker PhD CCP (Aust) & Luc Puis ECCP

Objectives: Learn about the multidisciplinary Perfusion Task Force Clinical Guidelines projects; share how Standards and Guidelines are being developed and approached by other Perfusion Societies; learn about the Standards and Guidelines that are proposed for overseeing the development of Hi Fidelity Simulation for our profession.

Meeting close

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