Workshops & Technical Tour

Delegates may select one Workshop or Technical Tour.  All Workshops and Technical Tours take place on Thursday, November 7. Registration is limited to a maximum of 30 students per workshop.

ALL WORKSHOPS AND TECHNICAL TOURS ARE CONDUCTED IN SPANISH WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SEDATION AND AIRWAY MANAGEMENT AND EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT OF IMMUNOTHERAPY COMPLICATIONS.

THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP OR THE TECHNICAL TOUR IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

General Workshop Schedule
0800-0900   Registration
0900-1200   Morning session
1200-1300   Lunch on own
1300-1600   Afternoon session

Technical Tour Schedule
0800-1200   Tour of Texas Children's Hospital

EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT OF IMMUNOTHERAPY COMPLICATIONS REQUIRING PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE - Offered in English.  This workshop takes place at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Course Description:
The workshop uses evidence based management of immunotherapy and introduces key teaching principles in the management of CAR-T Cell/Immunotherapy complications. It is intended for critical care physicians, nurses and other health care providers. The workshop is a resource for those interested in learning to recognize the medical complications and acute management of this pediatric oncology patients.

We will address the current use of immunotherapy in pediatric oncology, the close monitoring that these patients need and the acute management of serious complications requiring pediatric intensive care services. The workshop will be provided in two 1 ½  hour sessions and will consist of a lecture portion in combination with simulation that allow the learner to understand and master this important topic in a realistic way.

PEDIATRIC SIMULATION
Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to learn basic methodologies of medical simulation.  During the workshop, the participants will learn how to design low and high fidelity simulation scenarios as well as the principles of debriefing.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner by providing the knowledge and skills required to create and conduct simulation-based education at their respective institution. 

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Categorize technical and non-technical competencies
  •          Compare and contrast low-fidelity and high-fidelity simulators
  •          Outline the advantages and disadvantages of low-fidelity and high-fidelity simulation
  •          Design and conduct low-fidelity and high-fidelity simulated scenarios
  •          Apply principles of effective teamwork and communication into simulated scenarios 
  •          Discuss and apply debriefing methodology during simulated scenarios 

VENTILATION AND POINT-OF-CARE ULTRASOUND (POCUS) This workshop takes place at the InterContinental Houston.

Ventilation (0900-1200)
Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to advance participants’ knowledge and skills in pediatric respiratory support. During the workshop, the participants will learn how to set up and operate non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner by providing participants the information and practice with respiratory support that can be applied to daily clinical practice.

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Discuss the indications and contraindications of high flow oxygen therapy 
  •          Illustrate and practice the use of non-invasive and invasive ventilation
  •          Contrast pressure and volume control modes in patients with obstructive pulmonary disease

POCUS (1300-1600)
Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce and advance learners' knowledge in the use of bedside US for the evaluation and treatment of patients.  During the workshop, the participants will learn the basics of POCUS and practice its use for diagnostic and procedural interventions such as focused cardiac ultrasound and vascular access.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner by providing key skills and knowledge to begin incorporating POCUS in clinical practice.

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Describe and operate the basic functions of US machines
  •          Discuss the common pitfalls with US-guided vascular access
  •          Develop competency in cardiac POCUS image interpretation
  •          Engage in deliberate practice of cardiac POCUS with live patients and expert feedback
  •          Practice & perform central venous catheterization on task trainers using systematic processes

PEDIATRIC FUNDAMENTALS IN CRITICAL CARE SUPPORT (PFCCS) – INSTRUCTOR COURSE This workshop takes place at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Course Description:
The purpose of the PFCCS 1-day instructor course is to introduce key teaching principles of evaluation and management to critical care physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who must care for such patients in anticipation of transport to a more suitable facility.  This one-day comprehensive course will address fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of post-resuscitation management of the critically ill pediatric patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.  The course and its companion text serve as valuable educational tools for those entering the field of pediatric critical care.  This workshop would potentially be useful for critical care physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who have previously taken the PFCCS course and would like to become an SCCM instructor. For accreditation requirements, please visit their website.

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to instruct others to:

  •          Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill or injured infant and child
  •          Select appropriate diagnostic tests
  •          Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable pediatric patient
  •          Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
  •          Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare for optimal transfer

SEDATION AND AIRWAY MANAGEMENT - Offered in English.
Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to provide standardized sedation education, based on the principles of the SPS Sedation Provider Course® and to promote crisis resource management across various pediatric disciplines.  This workshop will address all aspects of pediatric procedural sedation: pre-sedation screening, sedative pharmacology, monitoring, and management of sedation-related adverse events including airway techniques as well as patient recovery and discharge.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner from varied backgrounds in pediatrics including hospital medicine, emergency medicine, critical care and nursing by providing hands-on experience and training required to provide sedation safely and manage associated complications. 

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Perform a pre-sedation risk assessment effectively
  •          Explain the principles of and interpret the information from pulse oximetry and capnography monitoring
  •          Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacology and uses of common sedative/analgesic drugs
  •          Demonstrate hands-on critical competencies related to sedated pediatric patients including all aspects of airway management, ventilation, resource management, and appropriate use of resuscitative measures 
  •          Describe effective team dynamics and communications skills required by pediatric sedation teams

EXTRACORPOREAL MEMBRANE OXYGENATION (ECMO) This workshop takes place at TCH Simulation Center.
Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to understand the basic principles of ECMO management.  During the workshop, the participants will learn basic ECMO physiology and management, as well as, how it pertains to the respiratory and cardiac systems.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner by providing basic knowledge in ECMO management, that will help with their approach to daily management decisions and how to recognize and manage commonly encountered situations. 

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Describe the basic physiology for oxygenation and ventilation management during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support.
  •          Describe the basic physiology for hemodynamic management during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support.
  •          Apply a systematic approach to the most common extracorporeal membrane oxygenation pathophysiologic events
  •          Discuss the chain of actions to safely support the patient during critical circuit related emergencies

PEDIATRIC HEART FAILURE This workshop takes place at InterContinental Houston.

Course Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to understand evidence-based best practice in the management of acute and chronic heart failure.  During the workshop, the participants will learn to employ best practice standards in the care of patients with acute and chronic heart failure.  This workshop would potentially be useful to the clinician/practitioner by providing them the most up-to-date information so that they may incorporate best practice standards in the care of their patients with heart failure.  

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  •          Describe at least 3 elements in the physical exam that can assist in diagnosing heart failure
  •          Apply a hemodynamic profile strategy using 2 case-based examples
  •          Reflect on heart failure physiology, specifically the interactions between flow, resistance and pressure, using three clinical cases

TECHNICAL TOUR of Texas Children's Hospital (0800-1200)

Each tour will last approximately three hours, with sessions led by one or several specialists in each unit. Registration is limited to a maximum of 60 visitors per group. The objective of the tour is to exchange experiences in the design and purpose of spaces; functioning, interaction and role of members of the medical team, nursing and respiratory therapy; the interaction between the ICU team and the available technology, and how all these elements are intertwined to provide comprehensive care to the patient and their parents. The tour includes visits to these units:

  • Transport: Mission Control and Team
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Transitional Intensive Care Unit
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