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28th Annual Challenges in Critical Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Friday, Aug. 16, 2024

The Hotel Hershey

100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033

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Conference ID

D7013

Partner/Sponsor

Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (PASCCM) and Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (SVAACN)

The Susquehanna Valley A Chapter of AACN logo includes the name, and a heart with multiple colors and a stethoscope on it.

Purpose/Overview

This annual conference is designed to promote the scientific evaluation of methods of care and to translate current literature into strategies to optimize the care of the critically ill patient.

Audience

Physicians, Advanced Practice Clinicians, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Pharmacists, Dietitians and Health Care Professionals involved in critical care may benefit from attendance.

Participants are saying
“Outstanding conference! Was delighted by the faculty you had speaking so impressive.”
2022 participant

Overall Objectives

  • Develop a plan to apply knowledge gained to promote quality care of critically ill patients as provided by the multi-professional team.
  • Evaluate evidence-based management strategies in critical care for incorporation into practice.
  • Identify areas in critical care for further study, improvement and research.

Call for Case Studies and Research Abstracts

Case studies and research abstracts are now being accepted. The top 3 abstracts in each category will deliver a 15 minute podium presentation at the conference. Other accepted abstracts will display a poster at the conference. Winners in each category will receive a cash award sponsored by PASCCM.

Submit a research abstract here

Submit a case study abstract here

Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

Agenda

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In/Posters/Exhibits
  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcome

    Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (PASCCM)
    Lori Demko MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
    Joshua Marks MD, FACS, FCCM

    Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (SVAACN)
    JoAnne Konick-McMahan, MSN, RN, PCCN-K
    Julia Kuzar, MSN, CCRN, AG/ACNP-BC

  • 8 a.m. | Opening Plenary
    Transitions of Care to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
    Jose Pascual, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM

    Objectives
    • Differentiate the role of surgery versus anesthesia versus ICU in patient handoffs.
    • Describe the impact of effective communication on a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional handoff.
    • Recognize the importance of handoff choreography in reducing preventable adverse events in healthcare.
  • 9 a.m. |
    1A Concurrent Session

    Pressing the Limits: Vasopressor, Push-Dose Pressors and Refractory Options Review
    Nicole Jankowski, PharmD, BCCCP

    Objectives
    • Describe the physiological principles of shock states.
    • Review the pharmacology of vasopressors, push-dose pressors and refractory options.
    • Apply literature and guidelines for the management of patients in shock states.
    1B Concurrent Session

    Research Poster Presentations To Be Determined

  • 10 a.m. | Break/Exhibits/Posters
  • 10:30 a.m. |
    2A Concurrent Session

    It’s All the Rage! Use of Corticosteroids in Sepsis, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Pneumonia
    Victoria Miklus, PharmD

    Objectives
    • Discuss the role of corticosteroids in sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.
    • Review guidelines regarding the use of corticosteroids in sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.
    • Evaluate corticosteroid choice and dosing in sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.
    2B Concurrent Session

    Case Study Presentations To Be Determined

  • 11:30 a.m. | Move to Concurrent Session
  • 11:35 a.m. |
    3A Concurrent Session

    Acute Laryngeal Injury in the Critical Care Setting: What the Clinician Needs to Know
    Hanel Eberly, BS
    John Gniady, MD, FACS

    Objectives
    • Describe acute laryngeal injury and its pathophysiology and risk factors.
    • Identify when critical care staff should be suspicious of acute laryngeal injury.
    • Articulate the steps that can be taken to prevent acute laryngeal injury in the critical care setting and minimize associated sequelae.
    • Describe the available interventions for treating acute laryngeal injury, and the utility of early otolaryngology consultation.
    • Discuss nursing interventions and medical management of patients with acute laryngeal injury.
    3B Concurrent Session

    Cardiogenic Shock: Medications to Machines
    Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP

    Objectives
    • Recognize clinical signs and symptoms associated with cardiogenic shock.
    • Discuss medical management for cardiogenic shock.
    • Review indications for escalation to mechanical circulatory support (MCS), including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
  • 12:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. | Lunch/Exhibits/Posters/Product Theater
  • 1:05 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. | Potential Product Theater
  • 1:50 p.m. | Death by Neurologic Criteria
    J. Christopher Zacko, MD

    Objectives
    • Explain new guidelines to determine brain death.
    • Review and highlight differences from previous editions.
    • Discuss possible pitfalls and controversies.
  • 2:50 p.m. | Break/Exhibits/Posters
  • 3 p.m. | Philip Drinker Society Lecture – To Fly or Not to Fly: Air Medical Transport of Injured and Critically Ill Patients
    Joshua Brown, MD, MSc

    Objectives
    • Describe the potential benefits of air medical transport.
    • Discuss patient selection for air medical transport.
    • Explain operational and system considerations for air medical transport.
  • 4 p.m. | Closing Plenary and Multidisciplinary Panel Response
    Nurse Staffing and Work Environments: What the Latest Evidence Says
    Amanda Bettencourt, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K, ACCNS-P
    Multidisciplinary Panel: Aimee Lee Anderson, MSN, BS, RN, CCRN; Amanda Holyk, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP; and Jefferson Mixell, MBA, RRT

    Objectives
    • Critique the latest evidence on nurse staffing and work environments.
    • Discuss where progress has been made.
    • Identify opportunities to integrate the evidence into staffing models.
  • 5 p.m. | PASCCM Awards for Case Study and Scientific Poster
  • 5:05 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment
  • 5:10 p.m. | PASCCM Business Meeting

Chairs

Lori Demko MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Committee Chair
Chief Acute Care Nurse Practitioner UPMC Altoona
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Inc.

Joshua Marks MD, FACS, FCCM
Committee Vice-Chair
Associate Professor
Medical Director, SICU
Medical Co-Director, Center for Operational Resource Efficiency (CORE) and Transfer Center
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Committee

Barbara Birriel, PhD, ACNP-BC, FCCM
Assistant Research Professor
Penn State Nese College of Nursing

Sandralee Blosser, MD, FCCM
Professor Emeritus, Penn State
Chief of Intensivist Development
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Inc.

Lori Cox, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FCCM
Program Director, Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Amanda Holyk, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor
Mount Nittany Medical Center

JoAnne Konick-McMahan, MSN, RN, PCCN-K
Staff Nurse
UPMC
SVAACN Board Member

Julia Kuzar, MSN, CCRN, AG/ACNP-BC
UPMC Critical Care Services
SVAACN Board Member

John Madara, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Niels Martin, MD, FACS, FCCM
Chief, Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, & Emergency Surgery
Vice Chair, Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Director, Traumatology & Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Programs
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery; Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Jefferson Mixell, MBA, RRT
Manager Respiratory Care – Respiratory Therapy
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Ashley Quintili, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Specialist – Surgical/Anesthesia ICU
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP
Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
UPMC Harrisburg
ICU Medical Director, UPMC Community
UPMC Central PA

Margaret Wojnar, MD, MEd, FCCM
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Daniel Wu, DO, FACOS, FACS, FCCM
Trauma & Acute Care Surgery
Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health
ICU Surgical Co-Director
Trinity Health – St. Mary Medical Center

Presenters

Aimee Lee Anderson, MSN, BS, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager, Intensive Care Unit
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
SVAACN Board Member

Amanda Bettencourt, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K, ACCNS-P
Assistant Professor
Immediate Past President
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Joshua Brown, MD, MSc
Samuel P. Harbison Endowed Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Departments of Surgery & Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Hanel Eberly, BS
Medical Student
Penn State College of Medicine

John Gniady, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Chief, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Amanda Holyk, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor
Mount Nittany Medical Center

Nicole Jankowski, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical ED and ICU Float Pharmacist
Department of Pharmacy
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Victoria Miklus, PharmD
PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident
Department of Pharmacy
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jefferson Mixell, MBA, RRT
Manager Respiratory Care, Respiratory Therapy
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jose Pascual, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery
Section Chief, Penn Surgical Critical Care
Clinical Associate, School of Nursing
Associate Director, Office of Life Support Education
Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Surgical and Neurocritical Care
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP
Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
UPMC Harrisburg
ICU Medical Director, UPMC Community
UPMC Central PA

J. Christopher Zacko, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Quality
Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Credit

AMA

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Application has been made.

Patient Safety

This program includes 7 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

Fees

The fee is $165 per person and includes the cost of instruction, online handout materials and all listed meals.

PASCCM fee is $65

SVAACN fee is $125

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Registrations received after Thursday, Aug. 15, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Friday, Aug. 9, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Accommodations

Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. A list of Hershey area lodging is available upon request or online at ce.med.psu.edu/lodging.

Participants are saying
“Excellent balance of science and general information for a varied audience of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other allied health professions.”
2022 participant

Local Attractions

Join us in Hershey

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.

Evaluation

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Cancellations

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.

Changes

Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

COVID-19

On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any relevant financial relationships with commercial companies disclosed by faculty, course directors and planning committee members. Complete disclosure information will be provided to participants at the beginning of the activity.

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