AmSECT Quality & Outcomes 2017 - The Continuum of Care of the Cardiac Surgery Patient

October 18-21 • Hilton Portland Downtown • Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, October 18


9:00 AM -10:00 AM

10:00 AM-11:00 AM


ICEBP Steering Committee

Perfusion Registry Summit


12:15 PM


President's Welcome and Introduction 

Session #1


Readiness to Perform

  • How can standards and guidelines prepare your team? (TBD)
  • Perfusion in the Preoperative Period – A mental checklist (Rob Baker)
  • Pediatric Perfusion Readiness – What should you know? (Renee Axdorff-Dickey)
  • Basic, printable, customized care plans to take home with you! (Dawn Oles)
  • Tools for Treating Preoperative Anemia (TBD)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #2


Breakout Case Reports (Part 1)

  • Cold Agglutinins (TBD)
  • Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (David Fitzgerald / Luc Puis)
Session #3


Preoperative Patient Selection 

  • Medical Optimization of Patients Prior to Cardiac Surgery (TBD)
  • The Knowledge Pathway – How do I get to know my patient? (Justin Sleasman)
  • Preparing for Patients at High Risk of Transfusion – An Australian Perspective (Jane Ottens)
  • Are registries useful to MY patient? A new grading system (TBD)
  • Time Out! It’s game time (Kenny Shann)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #4


Breakout Case Reports (Part 2)

  • Cold Agglutinins
  • Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (David Fitzgerald / Luc Puis) 

Thursday, October 19

Session #5


Team Training in Clinical Programs 

  • The Next Frontier of Improved Outcomes (TBD)
  • Team Training & Insurance Implications (TBD)
  • Team Training & Patient Advocacy – Part I (TBD)
  • Team Training & Patient Advocacy – Part II (TBD)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #6


Measuring Intraoperative Success

  • Where to Start – Digging your way out (Luc Puis)
  • Perfusion Quality Dashboards (TBD)
  • Electronic Charting – Why do I need it and what are my options? (Jane Ottens)
  • Temperature Management Guidelines (Shahna Bronson)
  • Quantifying Successful Cardioplegia (Cory Alwardt)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #7


Oral Abstracts and a Word from AmSECT University 

  • AmSECT University – ECLS Badge (Dawn Oles)
  • Poster Presenter #1
  • Poster Presenter #2
  • Poster Presenter #3
Session #8


Breakout Sessions (part 1)

  • Durable LVAD Hands-on Stations – Heartmate and Heartware
  • The CPB Patient Experience, First Hand (Bob Groom)
  • STS and PERForm Database Interactive Session (Theron Paugh)
Session #9


Dig Deep into Circulatory Arrest 

  • Is pH Stat outdated? (Justin Sleasman)
  • Systemic Cooling – How much is too much? (David Fitzgerald)
  • Panel Discussion: Developing a Consensus Statement on DHCA
Session #10


Breakout Sessions (part 2)

  • Durable LVAD hands-on Stations – Heartmate and Heartware
  • The CPB Patient Experience, First Hand (Bob Groom)
  • STS and PERForm Database Interactive Session (Theron Paugh)

Friday, October 20 

Session #11


The Continuum of Care (Keynote Address) 

  • Keynote: The Continuum of Cardiac Surgical Care: Assembling the pieces (Glen Whitman)
  • Dichotomy of Using Literature versus Clinical Evidence to Manage Patients (Bob Groom)
  • The Triple Aim of Healthcare – Where do you fit? (David Fitzgerald)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #12 


The Post-Operative Cardiac Surgery Patient 

  • The Physiology of the Post-CPB Patient – An intensivist’s perspective (TBD)
  • Early Extubation – A bow on your finger (Glen Whitman)
  • Blood Management After Cardiac Surgery (TBD)
  • An ICU Nurse Perspective – Communication and teamwork (Sean Friess)
Session #13


Post-Operative Metric Tracking 

  • Predicting Acute Kidney Injury – Is it as simple as the FICK? (Glen Whitman)
  • Using the STS and PERForm Databases to Evaluate my Program (TBD)
  • Using the EMR for Post-operative Metric Tracking (Rob Baker)
  • Panel Discussion
Session #14 


Fireside Chats (choose one)

  • Untold Stories of CPB – Share yours! (Shahna Bronson)
  • The Solution to Cardioplegia – share your experience (TBD)
  • Challenges of Managing an ECMO Program (Cory Alwardt)
Session #15


When Things Go Bad - The Aftermath

  • Failure to Rescue Rates (Donald Likosky)
  • Can standards and guidelines help when things go bad? (Jane Ottens)
  • Human Error – Management and consequences (William Scott Snider)
  • Root Cause Analysis (Tami Rosenthal)
  • Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 21 (Choose a track from below)

Track #1


Perioperative Blood Management Review

  • Four speakers will speak for approximately 30 minutes each, reviewing practices of perioperative blood management. The material presented in this session will be useful for all conference attendees, with special attention given to preparation for the “Perioperative Blood Management Specialist” certification exam to follow. The review session is free to conference attendees and to anyone taking the certification exam immediately to follow. There is a $200 fee for anyone taking the certification exam.
  • More details to come.
Track #2


ECMO: Fundamentals of Circuitry and Patient Management 

  • This ECMO course will feature both lectures and hands-on simulation of ECMO. Learners will gain an understanding of contemporary ECMO circuitry and practice. This course may be attended by full conference registrants for free, and a single-day registration will be available for those wishing to attend only this session. The single day registration fee is $175.
  • More details to come.

AmSECT Membership Eligibility

An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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