Studies show the best way to retain knowledge is through hands-on learning and ACEP21 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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Pediatric Procedures Lab
Performing emergency procedures on sick infants and children can be stressful and frustrating. During 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.
Wound Management Lab - Can You Call a Plastic Surgeon?
Caring for emergency patients with open wounds is a daily occurrence, yet, wound management remains a common cause of frustration and legal claims against providers. This workshop will review current best practices in wound care including anesthesia, wound closure techniques, and follow up care (e.g. antibiotics). Participants will practice advanced wound closure techniques and learn approaches to key nerve blocks. Following the course, providers will confidently care for patients improving the experience for both patient, and provider.
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.
HEENT Procedures Lab
During this hands-on lab, participants will rotate among stations & review the use of slit lamp exam, nasopharyngoscopy, and peritonsisllar abscess drainage. Stations will include removal of foreign bodies from simulated eyes, a review of application & use of different types of tonometers, using video nasopharyngoscopes, and managing trismus and draining peritonsillar abscesses.
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 an EFAST scan, to dynamically monitor and measure the IVC in the setting of hypovolemic shock, & to detect pericardial effusion, and perform ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis.
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.
Emergency Dental Skills
This interactive skills workshop will focus on the ED management of common dental emergencies that only seem to present long after the dentist office has closed. Dental pain, caries, fractures, loose and avulsed teeth, as well as dry sockets, post-extraction bleeding and loose appliances (caps, crowns, filling) will be discussed. Dental and facial regional anesthesia will be reviewed utilizing case presentations. All participants will practice with commonly available dental materials on dental models and one another.
Emergent Vaginal Delivery and Neonatal Resuscitation Sim Lab
No matter how naturally a pregnant woman delivers her child, if it's in your ED, it becomes an emergency delivery. Although ED deliveries are not common, and complications are rare, emergency providers should be able to deliver timely, competent resuscitation for both mother and baby if needed. This workshop will cover the necessary equipment for an emergency delivery and neonatal resuscitation, the management of the complications associated with an emergency delivery both in the mother and the infant, & identifying patients who cannot be transferred to labor & delivery. Are you & your facility prepared for this event?
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, & their fellow participants themselves as anatomic fodder. A representative sample of currently available ultrasound machines will be used.
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 & 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.
Advanced Airway Techniques Lab & Clinical Cases
Emergency physicians must be experts in airway management. This lab is designed to provide hands-on experience in several key emergency airway management techniques & adjuncts including open & percutaneous cricothyrotomy, intubating LMA, Bougie, Combitube, intubating stylet, & hand-held fiberoptic technology (Glidescope, Shikani Optical Stylet, Levitan Scope, RIFL). The skills of this lab will then be integrated with clinical application during case discussion.
Ultrasound Lab – Critical Access in the Critically Ill
Emergency care providers must be experts in rapidly securing venous and arterial access in their critically ill patients. Instructors will guide participants through an streamlined approach to using ultrasound to obtain access of IJ, subclavian and femoral central veins in addition to a dynamic approach to localizing, placing and confirming arterial lines. Experienced instructors will discuss key tips and tricks to success and to avoiding common pitfalls in critically ill patients requiring vascular access.