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


ICEBP Steering Committee


10:00 AM-11:00 AM


Perfusion Registry Summit


12:15 PM


President's Welcome and Introduction 

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Session 1: Readiness to Perform

Moderator: Tim Dickinson

  • How can Standards and Guidelines Prepare our Team? (Tim Dickinson)
  • Perfusion in the Preoperative Period – Creating a Mental Checklist (Robert Baker)
  • Pediatric Perfusion Readiness – What Should you Know? (Renee Axdorff-Dickey)
  • Tim Out! It's Game Time (Kenneth Shann)
  • Panel Discussion
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM


Breakout Case Reports

  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (Bob Groom / Jwana Ibsies)
  • Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (David Fitzgerald / Luc Puis)
  • Circuit Emergency During Cardiopulmonary Bypass (Cory Alwardt / Renee Axdorff-Dickey)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 


Relevant Preoperative Facts and Figures

Moderator: Robert Baker 

  • Medical Optimization of Patients Prior to Cardiac Surgery (TBD)
  • Preparing for Patients at High Risk of Transfusion (Jane Ottens)
  • Preoperative Use of Registries – The Grading System of the Future (Eric Tesdahl)
  • Panel Discussion
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM 


Breakout Case Reports

  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (Bob Groom / Jwana Ibsies)
  • Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (David Fitzgerald / Luc Puis)
  • Circuit Emergency During Cardiopulmonary Bypass (Cory Alwardt / Renee Axdorff-Dickey)

Thursday, October 19

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


Team Training – The Next Frontier of Improved Patient Outcomes

Moderator: Cory Alwardt    

  • AmSECT President’s Message on Team Training (Kenneth Shann)
  • Team Training & Insurance Implications (Uriah Dudgeon)
  • Team Training & Patient Advocacy – The Medtronic Experience (TBD)
  • Team Training & Simulation – Seattle Children’s Hospital Experience (Justin Sleasman)
  • Panel Discussion
9:00 AM 9:45 AM

Refreshments in Exhibit Hall

9:45 AM - 11:30 AM


How Should we Measure Intraoperative Success?

Moderator: Tim Dickinson

  • Electronic Charting – Why do I need it and what are my Options? (Jane Ottens)
  • Measuring Success Without an Electronic Perfusion Record (Luc Puis)
  • Dashboards and Quality Scores – A patient’s Perspective (Bob Groom)
  • Temperature Management Guidelines (Shahna Bronson)
  • Quantifying Successful Cardioplegia (Linda Mongero)
  • Panel Discussion
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Presentation (TBD)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Oral Abstracts and a Word from AmSECT University 

Moderator: Shahna Bronson

  • AmSECT University – ECLS Badge (Dawn Oles)
  • Poster Presenter #1
  • Poster Presenter #2
  • Poster Presenter #3
1:35 PM - 2:30 PM


Breakout Sessions - Part 1

  • Rotating Stations – Durable LVADs
  • Rotating Stations – Temporary VADs
  • PERForm Registry Interactive Session (Theron Paugh)
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 

Refreshments in Exhibit Hall

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM


Dig Deep into Circulatory Arrest 

Moderator: Luc Puis

  • Is pH Stat outdated? (Justin Sleasman)
  • Systemic Cooling – How Much is too Much? (David Fitzgerald)
  • Developing a Consensus Statement on DHCA (Robert Baker)
  • Panel Discussion
4:35 PM 5:30 PM


Breakout Sessions - Part 2

  • Rotating Stations – Durable LVADs
  • Rotating Stations – Temporary VADs
  • PERForm Registry Interactive Session (Theron Paugh)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Manufacturer’s Reception

Friday, October 20 

8:45 AM - 10:20 AM


The Continuum of Care (and Keynote Address) 

Moderator: Jane Ottens

  • 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
10:20 AM - 11:05 AM

Refreshments in Exhibit Hall

11:05 AM - 1:00 PM 


The Post-Operative Cardiac Surgery Patient 

Moderator: Jwana Ibsies

  • The Physiology of the Post-CPB Patient – An Intensivist’s Perspective (Ryan Fink)
  • Early Extubation – a Bow on Your Finger (Glen Whitman)
  • Blood Utilization in the Post-Operative Period (Al Stammers)
  • An ICU Nurse Perspective – Communication and Teamwork (Sean Friess)
  • Panel Discussion
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:05 PM - 3:25 PM


Post-Operative Metric Tracking 

Moderator: David Fitzgerald

  • Predicting Acute Kidney Injury – Is it as Simple as the FICK? (Glen Whitman)
  • Using the STS and PERForm Databases to Evaluate my Program (Kenny Shann)
  • Using the EMR for Post-Operative Metric Tracking (Robert Baker)
  • Panel Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM 


Fireside Chats (Choose One)

  • Untold stories of CPB – Share Yours! (Shahna Bronson)
  • The Solution to Cardioplegia – Share Your Experience (Jeff Riley)
  • The Logistics and Power of Incident Reporting (Luc Puis)
4:15 PM - 5:40 PM


When Things Go Bad - The Aftermath

Moderator: Justin Sleasman

  • 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

The material presented in this track will be useful for all conference attendees, with special attention given to preparation to those participating in 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.

7:30 AM – 7:50 AM – Coffee, Juice, Bagels

7:50 AM – 8:00 AM – Introduction to Review Course (Keith Samolyk)

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Blood Component Review (Keith Samolyk)

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Coagulation Review (Dave Pearman)

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM – Break

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM – Auto-transfusion Review (John G. Rivera, Sr)

9:45 AM– 10:15 AM – Data Collection Practices (Jeff Riley)

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Panel discussion and Q&A

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.  Single day registration is $175.

7:30 AM – 7:40 AM – Welcome and Introduction (and grab your breakfast!)

7:40 AM – 8:30 AM – Basic Physiology of VA and VV ECMO (Tom Brogan)

8:35 AM – 9:20 AM

  • Group 1 – Lecture: Basics of ECMO Circuits (Kevin Charette)
  • Group 2 – Hands on ECMO circuits (Simulatiohn Faculty)

9:25 AM – 10:10 AM

  • Group 1 – Hands on ECMO Circuits (Simulation Faculty)
  • Group 2 – Lecture: Basics of ECMO Circuits (Kevin Charette)

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM – Break

10:25 AM – 11:10 AM

  • Group 1 – Lecture: ECMO Indications and Patient Selection (Tom Brogan)
  • Group 2 – Patient Scenarios and Simulation (Simulation Faculty)

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Group 1 – Patient Scenarios and Simulation (Simulation Faculty)
  • Group 2 – Lecture: ECMO Indications and Patient Selection (Tom Brogan)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch Presentation

  • How to Build and Manage and ECMO Program from Scratch (Bob Longenecker)

1:00 PM – 1:25 PM – Updates in Anti-Coagulation for ECMO (Bill DeBois)

1:25 PM – 1:50 PM – Cannulation – Which technique is best? (Don Thomas)

1:50 PM – 2:30 PM – Question and Answer / Wrap-Up

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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