Inaugural Critical Care Symposium

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 7:00 - 4:30 Add to Calendar

This symposium is designed to address learning needs of the interprofessional critical care team by incorporating diverse lectures and speakers across a wide variety of critical care topics. The afternoon will be dedicated to breakout sessions including hands on elements that can be applied to everyday ICU practices.


Choose from a variety of workshops to take advantage of the hands-on and advanced training sessions to enhance your critical care and procedural skills. The following intensive care challenges and techniques will be addressed in the following afternoon workshops.

Learners can select from 9 different workshops, offered every hour.

  1. Utilizing Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the ICU:The Bedside Lung Ultrasound in Emergency (BLUE) protocol and echocardiographic evaluation of hypovolemia and volume responsivenessLearning Objectives: (1) Identify application of lung ultrasound in critically ill patients and (2) Learn evidence-based approach to guide fluid management and evaluate fluid responsiveness in critically ill patients using echocardiography.


  2. Hands-on Vascular Access: Placement of peripheral IV using ultrasound and arterial access using ultrasoundLearning Objectives: (1) Demonstrate vascular access skills with instructions in ultrasound basics; and (2) Practice ultrasound guided peripheral IV insertion and radial artery access for sampling arterial blood gas.


  3. The Demonstration and Application of Esophageal Pressure Measurement in Patients with Respiratory Failure and Demonstration of Advanced Ventilator ModesLearning Objectives: (1) Identify the physiological and technical knowledge of esophageal pressure measurements in patients receiving mechanical ventilation; (2) Apply this knowledge to improve the management of patients with ARDS; and (3) Review the principles & modes of mechanical ventilation with a focus on protecting the lungs.


  4. Manual Proning of Patients with ARDSLearning Objectives: (1) Demonstrate procedure and guidelines for safe and effective manual prone maneuver; and (2) Enhance the team’s understanding of the tool’s importance for patient safety as well as the proper training needed for successful implementation.


  5. Difficult Airway including CricothyroidotomyLearning Objectives: (1) Discuss airway challenges posed in critically ill patients; (2) Identify components of medical knowledge required to understand airway anatomy of adults;  and (3) Demonstrate related skills for difficult airway management as well as techniques such as cricothyroidotomy.


  6. Ventricular Assist DevicesLearning Objectives: (1) Discuss the basics of end-stage heart disease; and (2) Review fundamental technical aspects of ventricular assist devices – malfunctions and solutions.


  7. Early Mobility in the ICU: Tips for practical approach and successful use of technologyLearning Objectives: (1) Discuss initiatives to increase early mobility of patients in the ICU; and (2) Summarize multidisciplinary strategies for early mobility in the ICU using current equipment technology.


  8. Venovenous and Venoarterial ECMOLearning Objectives: (1) Identify components of the ECMO circuit; and (2) Discuss and identify major indications, the physiology, common problems and complications of venovenous and venoarterial ECMO.


  9. Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring Devices

    Learning Objectives: (1) Discuss components of advanced hemodynamic monitoring that include:  the delivery and consumption of oxygen and factors that affect oxygen delivery and consumption; and (2) Application of Stroke Volume Variation (SVV), Cardiac Output/Cardiac Index (CO/CI), Systemic Vascular Resistance (SVR), Peripheral Vascular Resistance (PVR) and mixed venous O2 saturation (SVO2).


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