Studies show the best way to retain knowledge is through hands-on learning and ACEP18 offers a variety of skills labs that fit the bill. Don’t delay - these courses always are the first to sell out, so be sure to register early to get the education you want.
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Advanced Airway Techniques Lab
Emergency physicians must be experts in airway management. This lab is designed to provide hands-on experience in several key emergency airway management techniques and adjuncts including open and percutaneous cricothyrotomy, intubating LMA, Bougie, Combitube, intubating stylet, and hand-held fiberoptic technology (Glidescope, Shikani Optical Stylet, Levitan Scope, RIFL). (Prior attendance in "Unexpected Difficult Airway: How to Avoid It and How to Manage It is" required).
Critical Care Emergency Ultrasound Lab
The practicing emergency physician needs to be able to utilize ultrasound effectively in the evaluation of the critically ill patient. This hands-on practical lab will highlight the use of ultrasound to perform a EFAST scan, to dynamically monitor and measure the IVC in the setting of hypovolemic shock, and to detect pericardial effusion and perform ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis. (Prior attendance in "Critical Care Emergency Ultrasound" is required.)
NEWCritical Care Simulation Lab: Monitoring & Management in the Crashing ED Patient
The ED is home to the experts for resuscitation of the undifferentiated critically ill patient. So many decisions in the first hours of resuscitation will impact the patients course in the ICU but have to be made with little information. However, with advances in technology there are opportunities to better target therapies to care for patients in shock. This workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to practice using noninvasive monitoring in simulated patients to drive their initial resuscitation.
Emergent Vaginal Delivery Lab
No matter how "naturally" a pregnant woman delivers her child, if it's in your ED, it becomes an emergency delivery. During this workshop, the speaker will discuss the management of the complications associated with an emergency delivery, identifying necessary equipment, and identifying patients who cannot be transferred to labor and delivery. Are you and your facility prepared for this event?
Pediatric Procedures Lab
Performing emergency procedures on sick infants and children can be stressful and frustrating. In this hands-on lab, you will be given an opportunity to obtain hands-on practice in several life-saving procedures. Seldinger technique, intraosseous line placement, umbilical vein catheters, and airway management techniques, including intubation, laryngeal mask airway, and needle cricothyrotomy will be demonstrated.
NEWPediatric Simulation Lab
Critically ill children are some of the most challenging and worrisome patients to care for in the emergency department. This lab will use lo-fi sim to train providers in the recognition, assessment and treatment of pediatric patients with life threatening illness.
Procedural Ultrasound Lab
The use of ultrasound by emergency physicians to help perform procedures is becoming more frequent. Some of these may soon be considered standard of care and some are useful in selected situations. This procedural lab will provide hands-on experience with practical EM ultrasound applications. (Prior attendance in "Procedural Ultrasound" is required.)
Slit Lamp Skills Lab
During this hands-on lab, participants will rotate among three stations and the basics of slit lamp equipment and examination for the emergency physician will be described. Stations will include removal of foreign bodies from simulated eyes, a review of application and use of different types of tonometers, and review of a slide show to present and discuss various ophthalmologic pathologies.
Transvenous Pacemaker Lab
Patients with unstable bradycardias frequently require insertion of a transvenous pacemaker as part of their initial ED resuscitation. Although this is a relatively common procedure in the hospital setting, it isn’t done all that often in the emergency department. The procedure for insertion of a transvenous pacemaker is straightforward, but creates quite a bit of anxiety for providers who haven’t inserted one in a while. This lab will teach you the steps of pacemaker insertion and what to do once it has been placed. Participants completing this workshop will gain confidence in taking care of this group of critically ill patients.
Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Lab
During this hands-on lab, participants will perform simulations of all the regional anesthesia blocks described in the lecture: distal forearm, brachial plexus, femoral, cluneal, paraspinal, popliteal, etc. Attendees will employ the use of phantoms, patient models, and their fellow participants themselves as anatomic fodder. A representative sample of currently available ultrasound machines will be used.
NEWUltrasound-Guided ACLS Lab
Emergency physicians can utilize ultrasound effectively in code situations. This hands-on practical lab will highlight the use of ultrasound to guide an ACLS resuscitation. Timing of US, modification of standard views and using US to guide treatment pathways will be emphasized.