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First Annual Perioperative & Critical Care Monitoring Conference


The Department of Anesthesiology, in conjunction with the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Medical Education, held the First Annual Perioperative & Critical Care Monitoring Conference at the Herberman Conference Center, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA on August 24-25, 2013. National experts presented current standards and recent advances in the fields of perioperative and critical care monitoring. A hemodynamic, hands-on workshop was the major highlight of the conference. Attendees rotated through multiple stations to discuss newer technologies in hemodynamic monitoring with expert faculty members and were given opportunity to practice with equipment on volunteers and simulators. Workshop stations included transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography simulators, hemodynamic simulators, mini-transesophageal echocardiography, and various newer hemodynamic monitoring technologies (e.g., noninvasive cardiac output, noninvasive continuous blood pressure, tissue oximetry, and technologies using stroke volume/pulse volume variations).

The Course Directors were Kathirvel Subramaniam, MD and Stephen A. Esper, MD, MBA, both cardiothoracic anesthesiologists from UPMC Presbyterian. Professor Michael Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr HC, MCCM, FCCP, from the Department of Critical Care Medicine delivered the keynote lecture, “Noninvasive and Minimally Invasive Hemodynamic Technologies- a Paradigm Shift in Patient Management.” Co-Directors included Kenichi Tanaka, MD from the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division and Murat Kaynar, MD, PhD, a faculty member of both the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Tanaka moderated the coagulation monitoring section and organized the point of care coagulation workshop on the second day of the meeting, which was very well received.

The workshop featured a wide array of national speakers including Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, from the University of California at Irvine, Bala Subramaniam, MD, MPH, from Harvard University, Miklos Kertai, MD, PhD and Brandi A. Bottiger, MD from Duke University, and Julie Huffmyer, MD, from the University of Virginia. Speakers from UPMC included Stephen O. Bader, MD, John C. Caldwell, MD, David T. Huang, MD, MPH, Phillip E. Lamberty, MD, Franklin A. Bontempo, MD, Thirumala D. Parthasarthy, MD, and Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, BSN, MSN. Workshop facilitators included Mark I. Lischner, DO, Jose Marquez, MD, Dennis Phillips, DO, Mahesh P. Sardesi, MD, and Dale Heron, CRNA, BSN.

One hundred and seventy individuals attended this conference, including faculty members from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Surgery and the Divisions of Hematology and Pulmonary Medicine, as well as certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and trainees including fellows, residents, medical students, and student nurse anesthetists.

The 2013 conference was a huge success. There was a robust response to this educational event and we look forward to the 2nd annual conference to be held in the fall of 2014.


Heiner | 25 October 2013 | tlw
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