33rd Annual Winter Educational Meeting – January 23-26, 2014
Cardiac Surgical Unit Advanced Life-Support (CSU-ALS)
The Cardiac Surgical Unit Advanced Life-Support (CSU-ALS) course was offered for the first time this summer at our 5th Annual Critical Care Conference. The overwhelming success of the course offering and the resulting waiting lists made the decision easy to offer this course again, in January at our Annual Winter Educational Meeting.
The 8-hour course will be offered twice and registration is limited to 26 attendees in each course.
This course, developed in the UK, recognizes the differences between cardiac surgery patients and other patients requiring resuscitation. It provides an alternative to standard ACLS and concentrates on the need for immediate defibrillation, limited use of large-dose inotropes and closed-chest massage. This course has been approved by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and endorsed by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). Efforts are currently underway here in the US to have the course officially endorsed by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Thoracoscopic First Assistant (TFA)
Offered for the first time at the 2013 Winter Educational Meeting, the Thoracoscopic Surgical First Assistant course will be presented again at the 2014 meeting. This unparalleled “hands-on” workshop experience, which consists of a didactic and clinical experience, will be taught by expert Surgeons and Physician Assistants in their specialty, permitting attendees to practice described techniques and use referenced products, such as minimally invasive thoracoscopic instruments and stapling devices as well as the camera-based technology.
This 4-hour course will be offered twice and registration is limited to 24 attendees in each course.
Upon completion of this course, students will become comfortable with:
- The role of the First Assistant in Thoracoscopic surgery
- The use of the various available instruments and equipment in Thoracoscopic surgery
- This is a tissue-based hands-on course with national experts in the field and is offered as a concurrent session Saturday morning from 8:00am to noon.