Interprofessional Cardiothoracic Team Symposium:
Improving Systems of Care, Quality and Safety

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

* AATS Member
**AATS New Member
+ AmSECT Member

Also in collaboration with the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS)

Course Chairs
Marci Damiano, Washington University
Katherine J. Hoercher, Cleveland Clinic
David E. Lizotte, Jr., APACVS
+Jeffrey Riley, SUNY Upstate Medical University
*Glenn J. Whitman, John Hopkins Hospital

7:30 AM – 7:40 AM Welcome and Introduction
*Glenn J. Whitman, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Current Topics in IC ECMO

7:40 AM - 8:00 AM Harlequin Syndrome, Indications For VAV ECMO
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM Weaning from VA ECMO: Algorithms, Myocardial Recovery Strategies
Scott C. Silvestry, Florida Hospital
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM Avoiding Pitfalls of VA ECMO
Jay Pal, University of Washington
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM Panel Discussion
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Coffee Break


9:15 AM - 9:35 AM Indications and Contraindications for VV ECMO: Scoring Systems, Outcomes, When is Managing pCO2 Sufficient
*Matthew Bacchetta, Columbia University
9:35 AM - 9:55 AM Optimizing VV ECMO: Troubleshooting Low SPO2: Indiction for RV-PA ECMO, When to Switch to VA ECMO
*Jonathan W. Haft, University of Michigan
9:55 AM - 10:15 AM VA and VV ECMO Monitoring: The Optimal Checklists, What Are The Line Items and Why?
**David A. D'Alessandro, Jr., Massachusetts General Hospital
+Jeffrey Riley, SUNY Upstate Medical University
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion


10:30 AM - 10:50 AM ECPR / ED Outcomes  - The Reanimateur
Lionel Lamhaut, Université Paris Descartes
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM ECMO for EMT's: View From the US
*Ashish S. Shah, Vanderbilt University
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Panel Discussion
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Legends Luncheons
You are welcome to attend any of the three Legends Luncheons:

*George E. Green, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
*Mark B. Orringer, University of Michigan
*Thomas L. Spray, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Moderators: Marci Damiano, Washington University, Katherine J. Hoercher, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Prediction of Transfusions After Isolated CABG: The PERForm Registry
+Tim Dickinson, Mayo Clinic
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Directed Perfusion: Eliminating Acute Kidney Injury
+H. Lynne Harness, Johns Hopkins Hospital
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ICU Delirium: Risk Factors, Recognition & Outcomes
*Rakesh Arora, St. Boniface General Hospital
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Quality Improvement Interventions to Decrease Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation
*Vinay Badhwar, West Virginia University
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Management of Airway Complications in the ICU 
**Siva Raja, Cleveland Clinic
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Management
David E. Lizotte, Jr., APACVS
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Penalty of Prolonging the Hospital Stay vs. Risk of Readmission for the Complex Cardiothoracic Surgery Patient
*Hersh S. Maniar, Washington University 
2:55 PM - 2:30 PM Implementing a Fast Track Protocol for the TAVR Program
Marci Damiano, Washington University 
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Panel Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee Break

Quality and Safety 

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Safety in Perfusion
+Robert A. Baker, Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Safety in the OR
Jake H. Abernathy, III, Johns Hopkins Hospital
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM The State of Michigan Environment, Creating a Culture of Saftey
*Richard L. Prager, University of Michigan
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM  The Role of Leadership in High Performance
*Thoralf M. Sundt, III, Massachusetts General Hospital
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM What Cardiothoracic Team Can Learn From Elite Performers: A Perspective on High Performance / Preventing Harm from a Non - Health Care Professional
Brian Ferguson, Arena Labs

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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