Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

SGNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Educational sessions are being approved by ABCGN for GI-specific contact hours, The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) for CBSPD-specific contact hours, and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for IAHCSMM specific contact hours. 

The approval code for each qualifying session will be listed on your certificate of completion on a rolling basis. If a session is not listed as offering GI, CBSPD or IAHCSMM-specific contact hour(s), it may not have been approved by the accrediting organization yet. Please continue to check back on the website for updates.

Continue to check back often for educational program updates for the SGNA 47th Annual Course.
 

Schedule is subject to change. 

Pre-conference Workshops

Friday, October 30, 2020

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PC-01: GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course* | 14.25 Contact Hours

Kristine Barman, BSN RN CGRN
Mary Grealish, MSN RN CGRN

The GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course will provide an overview of key areas related to GI/endoscopy nursing practice. Additionally, tips on how to prepare for the CGRN Certification exam will be presented. 

*This two-day course continues on Saturday, October 31, from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm. Breakfast and Lunch are not provided. 

 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

PC-02: Train the Trainer: The Reprocessing Competency Defined | 3.50 Contact Hours 

Laura Schneider RN CGRN
James Collins, BS RN CNOR
Christine Wahinehookae BSN RN CGRN

This course is for the nurse or technician in the GI setting who is responsible for ensuring that the cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes is done safely and effectively. The session will offer hands-on opportunities to practice the reprocessing steps.
 

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

PC-03: Hands-on ERCP | 4.75 Contact Hours

Judy Dunlap, BSN RN CGRN
Marilyn Johnston, RN CGRN
Michelle Oilar, CST
Michele Tyring, MSN RN CGRN
Sarah Michon, MSN RN

At the end of this 5.5-hour intensive hands-on course, the participants will possess knowledge and skills necessary for ERCP.

 

8:00 am - 10:00 am

PC-09: Reprocessing and Beyond - Current Legal Issues & Prevention Strategies in Endoscopy Practice | 2.00 Contact Hours 

Carol M. Stock, JD MN RN

Is your group following current infection prevention and sedation administration standards? Can you prove it? Do you staff properly for procedures? What is an “interruptible task”? How do you document unusual events? From procedure room set up to follow-up, explore every day legal risks, discuss practice situations, and explore risk prevention strategies  Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate and retool your practice! (Send questions/situations prior to session for possible discussion in the session to cstock@carolstock.com)

 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

PC-04: Learn More about Motility/pH Procedure Areas and What is New in the Horizon | 3.75 Contact Hours 

Rebecca A. Chandler, BSN RN CGRN
Nancy Denton, BSN CGRN CER
Janet R. King, BSN RN CGRN

This 4 hour presentation will provide an opportunity to expand your Nursing Practice to better understand the activities taking place in a Motility/pH testing procedure area. An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing tract will be presented. Both esophageal motility disorders and GERD will be discussed. The patho physiology related to esophageal disorders using the Chicago Classification will be reviewed including the most recent recommended treatments according to research. Hands on opportunities with both demonstration and breakout tables will be offered using the latest technology available for both motility and pH testing.

 

PC-05: Looping and Abdominal Pressures: A visual Guide to a Successful Colonoscopy | 3.75 Contact Hours 

Bruce Baldwin, BSN RN CGRN GTS
James A. Prechel, AA GTS

This course will provide hands-on learning for nurses and technicians in procedures for applying abdominal pressure in safe and effective techniques during colonoscopy to assist with completion.

 

LS-01: Regional Leadership | 3.75 Contact Hours 

Speakers coming soon!

 

LS-03: Leadership in Action | 3.75 Contact Hours

Michelle R. Juan MSN RN CGRN
Michelle E. Day MSN RN CGRN
Catherine M. Bauer, MSN MBA CGRN CFE

Learn from SGNA officers some of the leadership skills learned in Henry Givray’s Leadership Institute and how they have been applied in their own practice settings both professional and personal.  Energy management, crucial conversations, goal setting, mentoring, and building success in your region are some of the skills presented in this interactive presentation. This session is designed to “pay it forward“ to the rising members in SGNA, to encourage and better equip them to take the next steps in SGNA involvement.
 

8:00 am - 3:15 pm

PC-01: GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course* | 14.25 Contact Hours

Kristine Barman, BSN RN CGRN
Mary Grealish, MSN RN CGRN

The GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course will provide an overview of key areas related to GI/endoscopy nursing practice. Additionally, tips on how to prepare for the CGRN Certification exam will be presented. 

 

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

LS-02: Title Coming Soon | 2.00 Contact Hours

Speaker coming soon!

 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

LS-04: Leadership in Management | 3.75 Contact Hours 

Cathy S. Birn, MA RN CGRN CNOR
Cynthia M. Friis, MEd BSN RN-BC
Lisa Heard, MSN RN CGRN CPHQ
MaryRose Hess, BSN RN CGRN

During this session, three lectures, 75-minutes each, will presented on the topics below:

  • Maintaining Staff Competency and Developing Standards of Care for Innovating Procedures and Technology
    • Therapeutic endoscopy is emerging as an innovating alternative to gastroenterology surgery. Due to the increase in new technologies, endoscopy clinical staff require ongoing education to develop safe, competent practice for new equipment and supplies. This session will illustrate the development and implementation of a continuous educational program for Endoscopy clinical staff at a major academic medical center. An initial needs assessment of staff education and competency led to a multi-disciplinary development of the Nurse Product Procedure Group (NPPG). NPPG enables staff to standardize care and maintain competency in advanced therapeutic procedures, through offering various pathways of learning.
  • Mentoring Partnerships: Tapping into the Current of a Mentoring Relationship
  • The Prep Lab: An Effective Solution to Open Access Endscopy
    • The demand for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures is increasing on a daily basis.  As demand outweighs human and institutional resources, alternative modes of evaluating patient preparedness were required.  Open Access Endoscopy evolved to meet the existing challenges an aging and expanding patient population poses.  In this session, we will explore the genesis of a pre-endoscopy assessment unit that was developed in response to this emerging healthcare need.  The Prep Lab was developed as a protocol with which to evaluate, prepare and teach patients before an endoscopic procedure, to ensure clinically safe examinations in our rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

 

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

PC-06: Train the Trainer: The Reprocessing Competency Defined | 3.50 Contact Hours

Laura Schneider, RN CGRN
James Collins, BS RN CNOR
Christine Wahinehookae, BSN RN CGRN

This course is for the nurse or technician in the GI setting who is responsible for ensuring that the cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes is done safely and effectively. The session will offer hands-on opportunities to practice the reprocessing steps.
 

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PC-08: Hands-on EUS | 2.75 Contact Hours 

Elizah Centeno, RN BSN CGRN
Teresita Foliacci, BSN CGRN
Jay S. Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN

At the end of this 3-hour intensive hands-on course, the participants will possess knowledge and skills related to the indications, set-up and techniques of Endoscopic Ultrasound.

 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PC-07: Management of Difficult Polyps | 2.00 Contact Hours 

Dushant Uppal, MD

Managing difficult polyps can present challenges but advancements in endoscopic polyp resection has provided more options in this regard. This session will review current techniques and tools used in endoscopic polyp resection. 

 

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General Sessions

Sunday, November 1, 2020

8:00 am - 10:15 am

GS-01: Keeping a Professional Presence in Times of Change | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Faith Roberts, MSN RN NEA-BC

Change….that one word causes shivers down the spine of the most experienced nurse. We feel like we have seen it all….until…the latest change is announced. Mergers, buyouts, closings, downsizing, the list goes on and on. As a matter of fact, change is the only constant in healthcare. Motivating everyone to realize the IMPACT that they have on their work environment can help create an environment where people want to succeed and get the work done. Utilizing a reality based approach that recognizes the stress people feel on a moment to moment basis, emphasis is placed on what is in the HEART of a nurse. Too often in health care the core value of competence is rewarded at the expense of an equally important value . . . caring. This presentation will ask the participants to look at themselves as the nurse everyone wants to work alongside of and realize together, we will do this.
 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

GS-02: Interventional Treatments of Cancer in the GI Tract | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Neil Sharma, MD

Advancements in the treatment of GI tract cancers continue to evolve. This session will explore minimally invasive, state-of-the-art surgical techniques designed to minimize patient impact of disease and to advance innovation, prevention and treatment options.
 

Monday, November 2, 2020

8:15 am - 9:45 am

GS-03: Community Cancer Screening/Colonoscopy | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Whitney Jones, MD

The talk will cover several topics of interests to the attendees including national progress on colorectal cancer and the slow motion epidemic of increasing under age 50 CRC. We will cover two areas of critical importance to the GI nurse: benchmarking for quality colonoscopy and the increasing presentation for colonoscopy after a positive stool DNA test ( Cologuard). Finally, we will discuss emerging technology with gene testing for hereditary colon (and  gastric and pancreatic cancers) at the syndromes, the importance of family history collection and earlier messaging to promote prevention.
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

GS-04: Surviving and Thriving in the Crazy World of Nursing | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Terry Foster, MSN RN CCRN CPEN TCRN CEN FAEN

This fun and enlightening talk will focus on the very “different” sense of humor shared by all nurses. Often used as a coping mechanism, this speaker will explain the appropriate uses of our type of humor. Our humor invokes a positive attitude and unites us, no matter what your area or era, of nursing practice. Plan to be thoroughly entertained!
 

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Sunday, November 1, 2020​

8:00 am - 10:15 am

GS-01: Keeping a Professional Presence in Times of Change | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Faith Roberts, MSN RN NEA-BC

Change….that one word causes shivers down the spine of the most experienced nurse. We feel like we have seen it all….until…the latest change is announced. Mergers, buyouts, closings, downsizing, the list goes on and on. As a matter of fact, change is the only constant in healthcare. Motivating everyone to realize the IMPACT that they have on their work environment can help create an environment where people want to succeed and get the work done.  Utilizing a reality based approach that recognizes the stress people feel on a moment to moment basis, emphasis is placed on what is in the HEART of a nurse. Too often in health care the core value of competence is rewarded at the expense of an equally important value . . . caring. This presentation will ask the participants to look at themselves as the nurse everyone wants to work alongside of and realize together, we will do this.
 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

GS-02: Interventional Treatments of Cancer in the GI Tract | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Neil Sharma, MD

Advancements in the treatment of GI tract cancers continue to evolve. This session will explore minimally invasive, state-of-the-art surgical techniques designed to minimize patient impact of disease and to advance innovation, prevention and treatment options.

 

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

CS-01: The ABCs of IBD: The Basics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Diet | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Paula Gallagher, MFN RD LD

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are diseases affecting upwards of 1 million Americans. While diet is not the cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, many disease sufferers follow food exclusion diets. Nutritional deficiencies in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can increase symptoms and further delay disease remission. In this session, we will examine evidence-based research that can assist patients in achieving a diet that supports energy needs, provides adequate vitamins and minerals, and improves symptoms.

 

CS-02: Exploring The Hidden Secrets of the Pancreas | 1.00 Contact Hour

K. Jane Malick, BSN RN CGRN

The pancreas was one of the last organs to receive attention as an entity for disease. Today, disorders of the pancreas are becoming more recognized and have evolved into the forefront of gastroenterology. This presentation will be introduced with an overview of the endocrine and exocrine functions of the pancreas. Various pancreatic disorders will be discussed to include: acute, chronic, and autoimmune pancreatitis, pancreatic cancers, pancreatic cysts, IPMN and pancreas divisum. Treatment modalities (pharmacologic, endoscopic, surgical) for the aforementioned disorders will be reviewed.

 

CS-03: Effervescent Crystals in the Treatment of Food Bolus Obstruction | 1.00 Contact Hour

Judy A. Corliss, DIPL RN BSN MSN CGRN

Esophageal food bolus obstruction is a common GI emergency that often requires expensive medical intervention. This case-controlled study compares standard of care treatment with a simple innovative intervention.  

Twenty-one patients in the retrospective arm were treated with standard of care; and 33 were treated with effervescent granules for esophageal food bolus obstructions. 3 out of 21 patients from the retrospective arm and 20 out of 33 patients from the prospective arm had successful food bolus clearance (success rate = 14.3% vs. 60.6%; p = 0.002). This should be further studied as an effective medical treatment option for this GI emergency.

 

CS-04: Zero Infections After GI Endoscopic Procedures: Many Centers Do It, You Can Too! | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Susan Hutfless, PhD MS BA

More than 1 in 1,000 patients are hospitalized or visit the emergency room for infection within 7 days of a gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy procedure. This results in $200 million in annual spending to treat post-endoscopic infections.

This presentation will summarize the history of infections after GI endoscopy including the rates of disease and pathogens involved. Preliminary results of an ongoing clinical trial to decrease these infections will be presented. 

 

CS-05: Leading as Nurse Managers: Does Style Really Matter? | 1.00 Contact Hour

Jessica C. Miller, BSN RN CGRN NE-BC

Considering the responsibility of nurse leaders to promote a thriving organizational climate consisting of motivated and engaged nurses, it is necessary to understand the leadership style required to effectively create, maintain and grow such an environment. Especially with current research indicating that a nurse's immediate manager is cited as one of the top reasons why nurses resign from their hospital organizations. With the increasing nursing shortage, it is important to discover the impact leadership style has on staff nurse satisfaction and retention. In this session, current research related to nurse leadership style will be reviewed and effective leadership styles revealed.

 

CS-06: The Biopsychosocial Approach to Constipation and IBS for GI Nurses | 1.00 Contact Hour

Kyle Staller, MD MPH BA

In this session, we will talk about how a gastroenterologist approaches a patient complaining of constipation or IBS including symptom assessment, testing (including anorectal manometry), and treatment options for patients. Additionally, we will talk about bloating and the role of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in this patient population with fun insights into your own and your patients' bowel health.

 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

CS-07: Get your Ducts in a Row: Understand and Manage PSC and PBC | 1.00 Contact Hour

Patricia Raymond, MD FACG BS

Let's take a deeper look into the ducts and discuss the differences, diagnosis, and endoscopic and medical management of these troubling liver conditions; Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Primary Biliary Cholangitis.

 

CS-08: Mitigating Risk in Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing: A Systematic Multidisciplinary Team Approach | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Joanna Mills, RN MSN CNS CIC
Nancy S. Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN CER

How many endoscopy-related infection near misses have you experienced?

This presentation discusses the benefits of a collaboration between endoscopy nursing and the infection preventionist to proactively develop a Reprocessing Oversight Committee that provides an organizational infrastructure and dynamic process to guide, implement, monitor and continuously improve reprocessing and surveillance of flexible endoscopes.  

Discussion focuses on the importance of leveraging synergies of all areas performing flexible endoscopic procedures to provide direction and promote compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards, improve outcomes and create a safer environment for the delivery of quality care for endoscopy patients. Tools and templates will be provided.

 

CS-09: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)—Revolutionizing Treatment of GERD | 1.00 Contact Hour

Regina M. Crowell, BSN RN MAS

GERD is one of the most prevalent GI disorders worldwide. The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, TIF is revolutionizing the treatment of GERD. It has demonstrated lower complication and decreased mortality rates as compared to traditional Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. TIF is generally done as a same day discharge and is an easier recovery secondary to its incisionless nature. We will explore which patients are optimum candidates, discuss procedure equipment set up, how to load the device and discuss trouble shooting opportunities. We will examine the optimum anesthesia protocol and the pre-and post-procedure patient teaching.

 

CS-10: Foreign Body Extraction: Up Above and Down Below | 1.00 Contact Hour

Keith L. Obstein, MD MPH FASGE FACG AGAF

This session will highlight the most common questions in the management of gastrointestinal tract foreign bodies including timing of endoscopy, which tools are necessary, how best to protect a patients airway, and how object location and object type impact decision making.
 

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

CS-12: Writing for Publication Workshop | 2.00 Contact Hours 

Kathy Baker, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAAN
Cathleen Shellnutt, MSN RN AGNS-BC CGR

This presentation by the Gastroenterology Nursing Journal Editor  and Associate Editor will discuss the "how-to" of writing for publication including tips for increasing the success of being published. Gastroenterology nurse authors and members of the editorial board will be present to talk one-on-one with workshop attendees. Participants complete the workshop with the beginnings of a published manuscript.
 

 

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Monday, November 2, 2020

8:15 am - 9:45 am

GS-03: Community Cancer Screenng/Colonoscopy | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Whitney Jones, MD

The talk will cover several topics of interests to the attendees including national progress on colorectal cancer and the slow motion epidemic of increasing under age 50 CRC.  We will cover two areas of critical importance to the GI nurse: benchmarking for quality colonoscopy and the increasing presentation for colonoscopy after a positive stool DNA test (Cologuard).  Finally, we discuss emerging technology with gene testing for hereditary colon (and gastric and pancreatic cancers) at the syndromes, the importance of family history collection and earlier messaging to promote prevention.

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

CS-13: The Changing Role of the Endoscopy Technician and the Challenges to the Endoscopy Team | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Ronda Flesch, CGRN
Michelle Oilar, CST
Brittany Jones, MIT

The role of the GI technician is expanding within the endoscopy practice setting to provide direct patient care, utilization in high technology procedures and increasing regulatory demands for infection prevention. This program will focus on the challenges faced by endoscopy leaders, and team, to recognize responsibility for orientation, growth and competency review for the endoscopy technician to meet professional standards and community expectations.

 

CS-14: The GIST on GISTs | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz, MD FACS

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract. GISTs arise in the smooth muscle pacemaker interstitial cell of Cajal. Most ( 66%) occur in the stomach and GISTs have a lower malignant potential than tumors found elsewhere in the GI tract. GISTs were introduced as a diagnostic description in 1983. Understanding the biology make up of GISTs significantly changed how they were studied, categorized and treated. All GIST tumors are now considered to have malignant potential and therefore no GIST tumor can be classified as "benign". GISTs may present with dysphagia, GI bleeding or metastases (mainly the liver). In localized GISTs, surgery can potentially be curative. GISTs occur in 10-20 per one million people , but the true incidence may be higher. GISTs are the most common form of sarcoma which constitutes more than 70 types of cancer. This is a tumor that cannot be ignored. This lecture will do a deep dive into the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for patients diagnosed with a GIST tumor. Presented will be the latest research and treatment available and the participant will come away with a new understanding of this tumor.
 

CS-15: Love Your Liver: The Role of Food in Liver Disease | 1.00 Contact Hour

Paula Gallagher, MFN RD LD

The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the human body. It is estimated that by 2020, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease will be the most common reason for liver transplant in the United States, surpassing hepatitis C! Come explore the research behind the primary disease, lifestyle, and dietary factors that increase the risk of developing liver disease.

 

CS-16: Hash It Out: The Role of Medical Marijuana in GI | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Patricia Raymond, MD FACG BS

Marijuana's side effect of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is well known to us, as is use of Marinol to enhance appetite in the chronically ill, but are there other high points in the use of medical marijuana? What about the possible use of CBD oil for chronic pancreatitis or intractable abdominal pain?

Studies have shown cannabis' effect on GI motility, inflammation and immunity, intestinal and gastric acid secretion, nociception and emesis pathways, and appetite. Let's weed through the available data on the medical use and side effects of medicinal cannabis in gastroenterology.


CS-17: 2020 Perfect Pre-Procedure Vision “Can We Make it Better?” | 1.00 Contact Hour

Kathleen J. Holloway, MSN RN CGRN

In the current medical climate, pre-endoscopy assessment has become increasingly complex. Patients present with obesity, airway issues, cardiovascular disease and the use of recreational drugs. Pre-assessment and management of patients with complex comorbidity have played a key role in keeping patients safe before endoscopy procedures requiring monitored anesthesia care. It is recognized that safe and efficient pre-procedure practices will provide optimized patients. Improving the efficiency of the pre-procedure assessment is a high priority in the outpatient environment. Screening patients prior to procedures should be evaluated to reduce of complications and undisclosed health risks that may be encountered during the admission process. Sedation and management strategies are discussed to optimize the safety of the patient prior to procedure, intraprocedural and recovery.
 

CS-18: The Art of Transformation: Building a Tertiary Endoscopy Regional Center | 1.00 Contact Hour

Joanie Shanley, BSN RN CNML
Nancy S. Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN CER

This session discusses the role of the GI/endoscopy nurse in the transformation of a community gastroenterologist hospital based endoscopy unit into the preferred provider for advanced endoscopic procedures, using a GI hospitalist model. Presentation addresses challenges, changes and learning opportunities to create momentum and leverage resources within a previously leaderless department accustomed to low volumes, basic procedures, and old habits. This topic will also include real life “growing pains,” experiences and strategies the endoscopy unit used to introduce new physicians, new procedures, new staffing and scheduling patterns. Video clips featuring endoscopy nurses’ interpretation of the changes and how they were able to move forward and transform themselves and their department.
 

 

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

CS-19: Gastric Cancer: The Elusive and Silent Killer | 1.50 Contact Hours 

John C. Lipham, MD

Gastric cancer develops from the lining of the stomach. Adenocarcinoma begins in the cells in your stomach that produce mucus and other fluids. Early symptoms of gastric cancer mimic and resemble GERD, abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite. Some patients present with profound anemia. The most common cause in 60% of the cases is an infection by the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori. The second greatest cause is from chronic use of NSAIDS. Most cases of stomach cancer develop through a number of stages over a number of years. It can and is silent and slow growing in symptoms. In the early stages, there are no symptoms. Sadly, most symptoms reflect advanced disease. By the time the patient develops symptoms, it is almost invariably too advanced for a cure. Japan and Korea have a high rate of gastric cancer and they have instituted a nationwide screening program and have significantly reduced the incident and mortality rate. Globally gastric cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer and the third leading cause of death. This lecture will explore in depth the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of this deadly and silent disease. Topics will include staging, prevention and management of gastric cancer.

 

CS-20: Identifying Predictors of Airway Complications in Conscious Sedation | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Rose Bray, DNP MSN RN CCRN CNML

Conscious sedation during endoscopic procedures can be complicated by unanticipated airway compromise and obstruction. The STOP-Bang questionnaire is a validated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening questionnaire. This study examines to what extent the STOP-Bang question variables reliably predict airway complications during conscious sedation procedures. Study findings support the literature review and identified predictor variables that correlated with physiologic signs of airway compromise and maneuvers required to relieve airway obstruction that reached statistical significance. Translation of research into clinical practice included the institution of proactive clinical procedural monitoring protocols for patients with a high probability for airway complications during conscious sedation.

 

CS-21: Infection Control in ERCP: Cholangitis, Duodenoscope Reprocessing and New Technology | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Mark Gromski. MD

Lecture with subsequent Q&A session which will discuss bacteria and therapeutic approaches to cholangitis. It will also describe the problem of potential transmission of bacteria due to inadequate ERCP duodenoscope reprocessing.  Finally, it will describe new technology to address the issue of inadequate duodenoscope reprocessing. 

 

CS-22: ESD, EMR, EFTR...This is the New GI Alphabet Soup | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Paul Korc, MD

This presentation will review the resection techniques that are available in GI endoscopy, both for mucosal based lesions such as polyps and for intramural lesions. The different techniques will be highlighted, with case presentations to demonstrate examples. There will be a focus on technique and things to look out for during such procedures from the GI Nursing perspective.
 

CS-23: ERCP for Beginners | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Kimberly F. Venturella, BSN RN CGRN

You can do ERCP! This is the perfect resource to leverage so you can build your momentum in developing as a GI Nurse. You've mastered the basics, now it's time to learn ERCP. This is nothing like our basic procedures, with the exception we use a scope. Don't dread the Extremely Ridiculous Crazy Procedure! This can be Everybody's Really Cool Procedure. If you are new to ERCP this is the course for you! What is all that equipment? What are we actually looking at? Come climb the Biliary Tree with me and learn all about ERCP .
 

 

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

CS-25: Compassionate Care for the Chronically Ill Patient: A Current Overview of Infusion Therapy | 1.00 Contact Hour

Ashley Balma, RN BSN PHN
Karin Cierzan, RN CGRN

This lecture will provide the audience with a basic overview of Infusion Therapy in the Chronically Ill, Inflammatory Bowel Diseased patient. Nurse speakers will address the following topics to create momentum, through education by providing the audience with current and relevant topics to establish Compassionate, Holistic Care for the infusion Therapy Patient.

 

CS-26: The EATiology of Constipation: Choose your Food if you Haven’t Poo’d | 1.00 Contact Hour

Patricia Raymond, MD FACG BS

Constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the United States, propelling a solid 13 million with IBS C, 35 million with CIC, and untold numbers straining under occasional constipation to seek relief. The pharmaceutical industry has concentrated its research toward this lucrative symptom, but peer-reviewed studies are packed with information about foods and exercise for this common symptom. 

Today we'll bear down on constipation verses defecation disorder and identify the warning signs that push a need for a deeper evaluation. Then we'll review kitchen remedies for constipation, looking at studies about efficient use of actinidin in kiwis, sorbitol in prunes, magnesium in almonds, and other common foods. We will delve into the demonization of cheese and examine the rocky data on efficacy of exercise, yoga and abdominal massage on colon transit. 

“I wish that being famous helped prevent me from being constipated.” 
― Marvin Gaye
 

CS-27: Achalasia: Everything You Thought You Knew and Then Some | 1.00 Contact Hour

Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz, MD FACS

The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. When a person swallows, coordinated muscular contractions propel the food down into the stomach in a smooth rhythmic way. When these contractions become discoordinated or absent, this condition is classified as a motility disorder. Achalasia is one of several sub types of motility disorders. The characteristic absence of muscular contractions in the lower esophagus and failure of the LES to open with food or a fluid bolus is one of the hallmarks of Achalasia. Early in the disease process, inflammation can be present and frequently patients complain of GERD or chest pressure after eating. As the disease progresses, these nerves degenerate and ultimately disappear, which further impairs the function of the LES. It can take up to ten years after the first symptoms appear to correctly diagnose Achalsia. At the time of diagnosis, patients have developed sophisticated and unique ways of eating and social interaction. THERE IS NO CURE FOR ACHALASIA. This lecture will discuss in depth the latest research being done on Achalasia and the current treatment modalities for this devastating disease.
 

CS-28: One Facility, One Goal! | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Lisa A. Brown, ACNA AGTS CFER CER

This presentation will show the importance of all departments of a facility having the same policies, protocols, and procedures for endoscope reprocessing. Even though multiple departments throughout a facility reprocess endoscopes, every department should take the same measures for endoscope reprocessing. This shows the importance for the patients' safety, as well as the facility passing accreditation surveys.

 

CS-29: The Triple Crown Of Interventional Biliary Endoscopy | 1.00 Contact Hour

James Collins, BS RN CNOR

This presentation will review current intraductal treatment pathways of the patient with malignant bile duct obstruction featuring the utilization of Radiofrequency ablation, Cholangiopancreatography and metallic stenting.

 

CS-30: Dealing with SOB: Take a Deep Breath | 1.00 Contact Hour

Ayesha Angelito, BSN RN CGRN
Christopher Cabral
Celina D. Silverio, BSN RN CGRN

In the field of Interventional Bronchoscopy, Endobronchial Valve Placement and Bronchial Thermoplasty are available for the non-pharmacologic and non-surgical treatment of Asthma and COPD. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of these procedures. The focus will be the management of these procedures from the nurse and technician perspective and on patient education. Teaching methods will include visual aids and videos.
 

 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

CS-31: Inflammatory Bowel Disease | 1.00 Contact Hour

Ann Tuskey, MD FACG

Provide an overview on the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and management of Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
 

CS-32: Liver: A Deep Dive into This Complicated, but Essential Organ | 1.00 Contact Hour

Teri A. Derimanoczy, MSN FNP-BC RN CGRN

The Liver is responsible for a multitude of complicated functions including but not limited to protein synthesis, detoxification and a multitude of metabolic processes. We often take for granted just how important this one organ is to our health and well being until we develop symptoms. With over 500 complex functions, the liver is a very important organ to understand and protect from injury or disease. Too often we see patients with end stage liver disease in our GI Labs and do we really understand how the liver progressed from healthy to disease to failure. Understanding liver disease is like putting together a complicated puzzle where each test, procedure and analysis is essential to the diagnosis. Understanding basic liver functions, histology and embryology is essential to understanding this dynamic and forgiving organ. Just as the liver has numerous essential functions, it is vulnerable to disease and injury. This lecture will examine in depth the functions of the liver and what happens to the liver when it is overwhelmed by fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. The take away message is love your liver or loose it!
 

CS-33: JCOH Accreditation Made Easy | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Kim Hirsch, RN CGRN

An accreditation or survey can cause anxiety and stress, even with experienced staff, but by planning ahead and energizing your staff, this can be a fantastic team building experience and success. Having an Endoscopy Department that utilizes best patient practice at all times, as well as focusing on patient safety ensures team success. Constructing a plan to execute by enlisting the team makes a survey much more successful and is a great learning experience.
 

CS-34: The Implementation of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) in a Community Hospital - Staff Nurses Approach to Engaging and Educating in the Endoscopy Suite, the Organization and Beyond | 1.00 Contact Hour

Stephanie L. Rollo, BSN RN CGRN
Nicole Young, BSN RN CGRN

This presentation will provide up-to-date information on fecal microbiota transplantation and share the experience of implementing this procedure in a community hospital endoscopy unit. The content will include a brief overview of Clostridium difficile, review indications for fecal microbiota transplantation and identify potential candidates. Staff nurses directly involved in the implementation of fecal microbiota transplantation will discuss the process and educational plan utilized to successfully bring this procedure to their unit, institution and community. The presentation will emphasize how their nurse-led education initiative increased awareness of this treatment option and decreased negativity associated with fecal microbiota transplantation.

 

CS-35: The Use of Advanced Endoscopy Modalities in the Management of Barrett Esophagus | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Bryan Sauer, MD MSc FACG FASGE

The session will provide a comprehensive look at the use of advanced endoscopy modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of Barrett esophagus. The session will provide details on technologies such as confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE), volumetric laser endomicroscopy (VLE), and WATS3D for the identification and diagnosis of Barrett esophagus and dysplasia. Furthermore, management of Barrett esophagus will be discussed including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), radiofrequency ablation, and cryotherapy ablation. The session learning content will be a combination of clinical cases, informative slides, and group discussion.
 

CS-36: GERD: What’s New in the Surgical Treatment of This Problematic Disease | 1.00 Contact Hour 

John C. Lipham, MD

The treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease in the United States has undergone a dramatic transformation from the the traditional binary approach of the majority of patients being treated with anti secretory medications and a minority of patients, typically those with volume regurgitation, undergoing Nissen fundoplicaton. However, there has been increasing dissatisfaction with PPI therapy due to cost, side effects and refractory symptoms. There is also a general reluctance to undergo surgical fundoplication due to its attendant side effect of bloating, gas and the inability to burp and vomit. The need to develop alternatives for these patients and the 600% rise in esophageal cancer associated with unchecked GERD has led to new and innovative ways to combat the ever caustic condition plaguing our patient population. This lecture will cover cutting edge technology including: TIF transoral fundoplication, RF radio frequency energy, LINX, LES pacemaker and the new LES bulking agent (finishing clinical trials in next few months). This is a informative and important review of the latest technologies available to our patients in the fight to combat GERD .
 

 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

7:00 am - 8:00 am

CS-37: Poster Oral Presentation 1 | 1.00 Contact Hour

CS-38: Poster Oral Presentation 2 | 1.00 Contact Hour

CS-39: Poster Oral Presentation 3 | 1.00 Contact Hour

CS-40: Poster Oral Presentation 4 | 1.00 Contact Hour 

 

CS-41: Understanding Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease and the 3 Diagnostic pH Testing Options used in the Motility to Lab | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Janet R. King, BSN RN CGRN

Gastro esophageal reflux Disease (GERD) develops when the reflux of gastric content causes troublesome symptoms or complications. GERD effects 20 to 30% of the population in the United States. It is a common disease among all age groups and accounts for about 4% of all office visits in primary care practice. This session will include a review of the pathophysiology of GERD, discuss factors that can increase your risk of GERD and compare and contrast the three pH testing options used in the motility lab to assist in diagnosis of GERD.

 

CS-42: 2020 Year of the Nurse Panel | 1.00 Contact Hour

Kathy Baker, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAAN
Cynthia M. Friis, MEd BSN RN-BC
Kerri Hensler, MPA BSN RN CNOR NEA-BC
Rhoda Redulla, DNP RN-BC

 

CS-43: IP Standards and Comparison of Hot Topics | 1.00 Contact Hour

Catherine M. Bauer, MSN MBA CGRN CFER

This presentation will review and compare guidelines and recommendations for infection prevention in endoscopy departments. Giving the audience an understanding of the Differences/Similarities between guidelines and recommendations from the following agencies: FDA, TJC, AAAHC, CMS, SGNA, APIC, AAMI, AORN and ASGE. Case scenarios will be presented as well as time for time for discussion with the audience on ways to prepare for inspections/surveys from accreditation agencies.
 

 

8:15 am - 9:15 am

CS-44: Cleaning Verification Conundrum: Solved! | 1.00 Contact Hour

Sheri King, BSN CGRN CSPDT
Rebecca Washburn, BSN MHA RN CER

Cleaning verification tests provide assurance that the more critical and challenging areas of endoscopes, like elevator mechanisms, are fully cleaned and ready for high level disinfection. These tests add value to the process for the patients; but can be viewed by staff as an extra or unnecessary step. Involving staff in the product selection can help them see the value in the process and involving them in the implementation helps them gain ownership. This presentation will discuss how we chose a cleaning verification test, how we gained staff acceptance and what we learned.

 

CS-45: Management of Pulmonary Specimens in the GI Lab | 1.00 Contact Hour 

Eileen R. Babb, BSN RN CGRN CFER

Accurate specimen collection is vital for the recovery of pathogenic organisms responsible for diagnosis and staging. This presentation was developed to equip the Endoscopy personnel with the best practice information regarding the collection and preparation of specimens obtained during bronchoscopy, EBUS, and ENB. Thoracic anatomy, chemical safety, specimen preparation methods, tools, and sampling techniques will be discussed. A better understanding of this foundational knowledge will enhance multidisciplinary team relationship, creating a more cohesive and mutually respectful environment.

 

CS-46: Esophageal Manometry 101 | 1.00 GI Specific 

Kimberly F. Venturella, BSN RN CGRN

Tap into the current! You are growing as a GI professional. It's time to learn Manometry or is it Motility? This is one resource you can tap into to learn the foundations of Esophageal Manometry. It seems rather mystical, mysterious and very covert. With a solid foundation you can confidently perform this procedure. Manometry/Motility is there a difference? What on earth are all those colors? What are we looking at and why? What does it all mean? We can make sense of all that and put our patient at ease because you are an expert! This presentation will explain the basics of manometry and why we perform it, and what the implications are for the patient.

 

CS-47: Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE): From Farm to Table | 1.00 Contact Hour

Bryan Sauer, MD MSc FACG FASGE

The session will provide a comprehensive look at the current state of diagnosis and management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). The session will provide details on the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of the EoE. Furthermore, management of EoE will be discussed including proton pump inhibitors, dietary elimination, swallowed sterids, and biologic agents (current in clinical trials phase). The session learning content will be a combination of clinical cases, informative slides, and group discussion.

 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

CS-49: Endoluminal Functional Lumen Imaging Probe (EndoFLIP) in the Management of Challenging Esophageal Disorders | 1.00 Contact Hour

Christopher Vélez, MD BA

Appropriate management of esophagogastric junction, peristaltic, and reflux disorders hinges upon diagnostic testing such as high-resolution esophageal manometry (HRM) or pH testing (pH/ impedance or wireless BRAVO). At times there can be diagnostic ambiguity which may be difficult to resolve using these traditional assessments. One tool being used to manage difficult diagnoses is the endoluminal functional lumen imaging probe, EndoFLIP. It is important to highlight this device to the general gastroenterology community; although EndoFLIP is still a relatively novel technology that is not available in the majority of practices, its use is likely to increase in the coming years.

 

CS-50: Comparing Different Hepatitis Treatments & Updates | 1.00 Contact Hour

Heather McCurdy, MSN NP-C

The session will describe the incidence and prevalence of HCV infection in the US and review the guidelines for screening, evaluation and treatment of HCV.   

CS-51: Tap Into the Current Topic of Stress and Gut Health | 1.00 Contact Hour

Kristen L. Seay, MSN RN CGRN

Stress…. No one experiences stress in this life! Right??!  We have heard for years that stress affects the heart and causes ulcers, but recent studies are showing that stress plays a major role on the digestive system. The “gut” is especially vulnerable to both chronic and acute stress. Chronic stress promotes changes in gut motility, gastric secretion, mucosal permeability and barrier function, visceral sensitivity and mucosal blood flow. Evidence is now confirming that gut microbiota may respond to stress related signals. 
We will discuss the relationship between stress and gut health and the steps that we can take to minimize the damage to our health as a result.

 

CS-52: Rebuilding the Gastrointestinal Tract Through Targeted Nutraceutical Treatments | 1.00 Contact Hour

Brian McFarlin, PhD FACSM

Transient compromise of gut barrier function can accumulate over one’s lifespan, leading to long-term decline in gastrointestinal health. Such imbalances increase chronic inflammation, eventually leading to the development of irritable bowel disease, Type II Diabetes Mellitus, and/or various forms of Cardiovascular Disease. Recent research efforts have focused to better understand the link between gastrointestinal health and chronic disease risk. By understanding this relationship better, it is plausible to design non-drug interventions to treat it. This session will include a mechanistic exploration of the underlying anatomy and physiology involved. We will also discuss targets and side effects of various nutraceutical treatments that are currently on the market. We will focus on the mechanism of action for these treatments and how to monitor their effectiveness in free-living patients. We will also discuss emerging treatments that are begging to appear in the scientific literature. The goal of this presentation is to provide the audience with a foundation of knowledge that they could apply to a variety of settings involving free-living patients.

 

CS-53: Help! I Need a Competent Endoscopy Nurse. Training Endoscopy Nurses for the Future | 1.00 Contact Hour

Melissa Dukes, BSN RN CGRN
Michelle Reigard, MSN BSN CNOR
Ellen Thomas, BSN RN CNOR

The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to implement a successful endoscopy internship that adequately staffs the department with well-trained novice nurses who are competent and confident in their complex roles.

 

CS-54: Mentoring: Leveraging your Talent to Help our Future Leaders | 1.00 Contact Hour

Cynthia M. Friis, MEd BSN RN-BC
Lisa Heard, MSN RN CGRN CPHQ

A mentor has been defined as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. In healthcare, mentors play an important role in clinician development. Studies show that mentorship relationships have additional benefits such as decreasing medical errors, enhancing staff retention, improving recruitment and aiding in leadership development. Being a mentor carries the responsibility to help others to recognize and achieve their goals in their pathway to becoming strong leaders. How can you perfect your skills at being a mentor for future leaders? This session will help the mentor understand their role and how to use their skills to influence and grow mentees. Interactive exercises will be utilized to enhance learning. Participants will take away tools for developing and maintaining a successful mentorship relationship.

 

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

GS-04: Surviving and Thriving in the Crazy World of Nursing | 1.00 Contact Hour

Terry Foster, MSN RN CCRN CPEN TCRN CEN FAEN

This fun and enlightening talk will focus on the very “different” sense of humor shared by all nurses. Often used as a coping mechanism, this speaker will explain the appropriate uses of our type of humor. Our humor invokes a positive attitude and unites us, no matter what your area or era, of nursing practice. Plan to be thoroughly entertained!
 

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Vendor Programs

Program sponsor reserves the right to refuse admittance to any individual and/or company.

Saturday, October 31, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Boston Scientific

Advances In Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy
 

ERCP procedures have improved with technology allowing for better diagnostic results and earlier intervention for biliary and pancreatic cancers. In order to improve procedure and treatment,  ERCP teams must be able to identify the appropriate tools to diagnose and treat these cancers. This presentation includes methods of diagnosis and treatment algorithms as well as physician techniques and current technological options.

Register for the Boston Scientific Vendor Program

ConMed

The Role of Endoscopy in Management of Biliary Diseases of Adults and Children:  Past, Present and Future
Sandeep Patel, DO
Michael Reyes, GTS ST
Robert Edwards, RN
Chris Moreau, BSBME AASBMET

This session will cover the history and utilization of endoscopy in the management of hepatobiliary diseases, including cancer, stone-related disorders, and post-surgical complications.  Evolution of devices and comparison of endoscopic techniques will be discussed, including plastic and metal stents, EUS-assisted interventions, traditional ERCP, and lithotripsy.  An up-to-date summary of current research on endoscopy and its role in patient management will be presented.  Considerations for both pediatric and adult patients will be reviewed.  Audience participation is highly encouraged!  To conclude, a Continuing Education Unit concentrating on Biliary and Biliary Stenting for 1 credit hour will be administered.

To register for the ConMed program, please email gimarketing@conmed.com

Erbe USA, Inc.

Saturday Night Live with Erbe: Featuring – Running the Race Against Colon Cancer and Jockeying for Knowledge in Infection Control
Mark O’Sullivan, Vice President of Sales
Rhonda DelCampo, BSN RN CGRN, Clinical Education Manager

This session will explore ways to win the race against eradicating colon cancer by early detection and removal of benign-mucosally based and pre-malignant lesions. Various polypectomy methods will be discussed along with which method is most appropriate for each lesion. Electrosurgical principles will be highlighted, along with variables that influence endoscopic resection. Advancements in Argon Plasma Coagulation®, irrigation tubing options, along with best practices in infection control will also be discussed. Please join us to study some of the current trends in endoscopy. This fun, interactive, educational happy hour is sure to jumpstart your SGNA experience.

To register for Erbe USA, Inc. program, please email education@erbe-usa.com.

PENTAX Medical Company 

Building a Comprehensive Patient Safety Program for Endoscope Reprocessing: A Human Factors Approach
J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD MSN MPH MBA FNP-BC PLNC VA-BC IP-BC AS-BC CFER FACDONA FAAPM FNAP, Global Chief Clinical Officer, PENTAX Medical
Cindy Winfrey, MSN RN VA-BC IP-BC CIC FACDONA, Director Global Clinical Affairs, PENTAX Medical

This program will review the key findings of the recent FDA 522 Human Factors study and discuss best practices including implementing validated approaches for flexible endoscope reprocessing and GI personnel training and competency validation, building high reliability patient safety processes, and reviewing lessons learned. This interactive program will provide participants with a comprehensive toolkit to implement best practices in their own clinical practices environment. 
 

Sunday, November 1, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Boston Scientific

Tides are Turning - What is Your Infection Prevention Strategy?

Infection prevention for endoscopy is in a state of transition so keeping up with the latest developments can be a full-time job.  Save some time and attend this session to get an update on current hot topics.  Attendees at this session will receive an update on current FDA recommendations for endoscope reprocessing.  Learn about the current research results on persistent contamination of endoscopes, the efficacy of enhanced reprocessing measures and the impact of multidrug-resistant organism epidemiology on endoscope-associated infections.  This presentation takes a practical approach to help you understand the impact that the changing regulatory, public health and research landscapes may have on your facility.

Register for the Boston Scientific Vendor Program

Cantel

Variation in GI Endoscopy Unit Practice Patterns and Their Association with Infectious Outcomes
Susie Hutfless, PhD SM BA

  • Describe cutting edge evidence on high level disinfection for GI endoscopy units.
  • Present results from the literature of surveys on practice patterns related to high level disinfection and infection control monitoring.
  • Present never-seen-before data on the association between practice patterns and rates of infection outcomes in patients

ConMed

Let’s Clear the Air – The Time is Now
Rachel Karolski, RN BSN

Once thought to be harmless, evidence has proven surgical smoke plume to be a significant occupational health hazard for healthcare personnel. Procedural smoke plume presents physical, chemical and biological hazards for both health care providers and patients. Even though smoke might not be seen, it can exist when cautery is used. This continuing education activity reviews the hazards of procedural smoke plume and risks associated with exposure to procedural smoke plume. Safe, effective removal of smoke during endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures is essential to visibility. Additionally, safe management of procedural smoke to protect healthcare workers and patients from exposure is essential. Recommendations from current standards, guidelines, and resources to support the development and implementation of policies for protection from the hazards associated with procedural smoke plume will be discussed.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
California Board of Registered Nursing
Pfiedler Enterprises is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP14944, for 2.0 contact hours.

To register for the ConMed Vendor Program, please email gimarketing@conmed.com

 

Monday, November 2, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

 

Boston Scientific

Therapeutic Tissue Resection

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is a technique used in the GI Suite for the staging and treatment of superficial neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract. The procedure is an alternative to surgical resection of mucosal and submucosal neoplastic lesions, as well as intramucosal cancers. This program will focus on lesions in the colon and review the techniques used to manage these issues, along with the technology to diagnose and resect them.

Register for the Boston Scientific Vendor Program

Healthmark Industries

Innovative Sampling and Microbial Surveillance Techniques for Flexible Endoscopes
Dr. Bradley Catalone
John Whelan
Mary Ann Drosnock

During this informative program, educators will present information on the latest innovations in sampling techniques and microbial surveillance for flexible GI endoscopes. Topics discussed will include sampling via a closed-loop system (turbulent fluid flow) for cleaning verification and microbial surveillance. Rapid gram-negative test kits will also be discussed. Implementation of these new products can increase the extraction efficiency for sampling, reduce exposure to sampling technicians while helping to institute quality practices within your facility.

Register for the Healthmark Industries Vendor Program.

Provation

Discover How the Right Nursing Documentation Software Can Be #LifeChanging
Andrew O’Connell, Product Manager at Provation

Join this Provation-sponsored program to hear how one team of GI nurses stopped chasing paper charts and started experiencing #lifechanging efficiency and continuity of care with Provation® Apex’s Nursing Notes. Learn how you, too, can benefit from:

  • Customizable electronic forms
  • Reduced double documentation
  • Ability to access and edit patient data from pre- to post-op
  • Vitals integration
  • Streamlined specimen collection
  • Reporting to improve patient throughput
  • Freedom to chart on a tablet or laptop

Register for the Provation Vendor Program.

 

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Booth CEs

SGNA provides a Booth CE Program to increase the value of your time in the Exhibit Hall. The Booth CE Program will offer brief educational presentations within the participating exhibitors’ booths. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and may include a lecture presentation, video presentation and/ or hands-on demonstration of procedures and equipment use. The company giving the presentation will award contact hours for participation. 

Monday, November 2

 

Healthmark Industries

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Importance of Point of Use Treatment (Precleaning and Transport) for Flexible Endoscopes

This presentation will define the current requirements for proper point of use treatment (precleaning) for flexible endoscopes and transportation from the procedure room to the reprocessing area. In addition to IFU requirements, current standards and guideline recommendations for this process will be reviewed along with information from the latest published studies and adverse event reports. We will define the best practices for point of use treatment, including any inspection steps and outline how to implement these practices in your facility.

Cantel

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Discovering Your Scopes’ Hidden Secrets
Cheri Ackert-Burr, DNP RN BAEd CNS CNOR AGTS

Visual inspection of any medical device is critical during processing. Inspection plays a pivotal role to determine if a medical device is clean enough to undergo high level disinfection or sterilization. It is especially important to inspect both internal channels if possible and external surfaces where debris can reside in dents, scratches, and crevices. Additionally, research-based evidence has been published that documents the amount of bioburden loading on procedurally used medical devices and the amount of bioburden that is removed during the cleaning of these devices. This program discusses the important role visualization plays in flexible endoscope reprocessing and provides strategies for utilizing available technology to achieve the highest level of success in validating the cleaning process outcome

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Drying Flexible Endoscopes –Fact and Fiction 
Ann Hewitt, MM BSN RN

Drying is a big focus in flexible endoscopy practice right now.  SGNA and other professional societies recommend "complete drying" before storage, but no one prescribes exactly how to get there.  Figuring out the solution is a growing challenge for the typical GI department. Research illustrates that incomplete drying is a source of post-processing contamination, and may be related to biofilm proliferation and patient exposure.  Less than optimal storage and transport of high-level disinfected, patient ready endoscopes can also be a source of problems - for your scopes and accessories and for the people on whom they're used. Come to this faculty-directed, learner-paced activity to learn more about what you can do to elevate your practice and safeguard your patients.

Medtronic

11:15 am - 11:45 am
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Detect Early, Act Fast.
Susan Thibeault, MS MBA CRNA CLNC CCRN CFRN EMT-P

Early detection means you can act fast and help improve patient outcomes. This CE session will examine the common risk factors that may lead to respiratory compromise (RC) during a GI procedure. The speaker will explore strategies for early intervention that may help reduce adverse events, such as using continuous etCO2 monitoring.

Topics include:

  • Issue of RC and patient safety, especially during GI procedural sedation
  • How using capnography to monitor sedated patients’ ventilation may help decrease adverse events

 

Tuesday, November 3

 

Healthmark Industries

9:15 am - 9:45 am

The Importance of Point of Use Treatment (Precleaning and Transport) for Flexible Endoscopes

This presentation will define the current requirements for proper point of use treatment (precleaning) for flexible endoscopes and transportation from the procedure room to the reprocessing area. In addition to IFU requirements, current standards and guideline recommendations for this process will be reviewed along with information from the latest published studies and adverse event reports. We will define the best practices for point of use treatment, including any inspection steps and outline how to implement these practices in your facility.

Cantel

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Discovering Your Scopes’ Hidden Secrets
Cheri Ackert-Burr, DNP RN BAEd CNS CNOR AGTS

Visual inspection of any medical device is critical during processing. Inspection plays a pivotal role to determine if a medical device is clean enough to undergo high level disinfection or sterilization. It is especially important to inspect both internal channels if possible and external surfaces where debris can reside in dents, scratches, and crevices. Additionally, research-based evidence has been published that documents the amount of bioburden loading on procedurally used medical devices and the amount of bioburden that is removed during the cleaning of these devices. This program discusses the important role visualization plays in flexible endoscope reprocessing and provides strategies for utilizing available technology to achieve the highest level of success in validating the cleaning process outcome

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Drying Flexible Endoscopes –Fact and Fiction 
Ann Hewitt, MM BSN RN

Drying is a big focus in flexible endoscopy practice right now.  SGNA and other professional societies recommend "complete drying" before storage, but no one prescribes exactly how to get there.  Figuring out the solution is a growing challenge for the typical GI department. Research illustrates that incomplete drying is a source of post-processing contamination, and may be related to biofilm proliferation and patient exposure.  Less than optimal storage and transport of high-level disinfected, patient ready endoscopes can also be a source of problems - for your scopes and accessories and for the people on whom they're used. Come to this faculty-directed, learner-paced activity to learn more about what you can do to elevate your practice and safeguard your patients.

Medtronic

9:15 am - 9:45 am
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Detect Early, Act Fast.
Susan Thibeault, MS MBA CRNA CLNC CCRN CFRN EMT-P

Early detection means you can act fast and help improve patient outcomes. This CE session will examine the common risk factors that may lead to respiratory compromise (RC) during a GI procedure. The speaker will explore strategies for early intervention that may help reduce adverse events, such as using continuous etCO2 monitoring.

Topics include:

  • Issue of RC and patient safety, especially during GI procedural sedation
  • How using capnography to monitor sedated patients’ ventilation may help decrease adverse events

 

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