2019 VASA Practicum: Agenda

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:00 pm Registration
Welcome Reception
9:00 pm Reception Ends

Friday, May 10, 2019

6:30 am Registration
Continental Breakfast
7:00 am - 7:30 am Welcome
RI Auditorium

Attendees split into 3 PHYSICIAN Groups and 3 RN/TECH Groups.

8:00 am Session I
10:00 am Refreshment Break & Exhibits
10:30 am Session II
12:30 pm Lunch Lecture
RI Auditorium
An interactive patient discussion with patient panelists talking about their dialysis experience.
1:30 pm Session III
3:30 pm Refreshment Break & Exhibitis
4:00 pm Vascular Access Clinic
RI Auditorium
This session will broadcast an access clinic with clinical evaluations of new and established patients, with panel discussion.
5:00 pm Adjourn
Evening Dinner in Downtown Houston
Mingle with attendees and faculty
 
Friday PHYSICIAN Sessions
Pick one activity per session.
  • Activity 1: 1. Live cases transmitted from Orangeburg and the Houston Methodist ORs with panel discussion
    Highlights: Dialysis access surgery and interventions with panelists from both surgical and interventional backgrounds to discuss
  • Activity 2: Percutaneous AVF instruction and deployment in a model
    Highlights: Learn patient selection, do ultrasounds to evaluate eligibility and prediction of success, and deploy both devices
  • Activity 3: PD placement, both percutaneous and laparascopic
    Highlights: Experts on hand to demonstrate best techniques for success
  • Activity 4: Percutaneous interventions in pig models with different grafts, HeRO grafts
    Highlights: Experts on hand to demonstrate best techniques for success
  • Activity 5: Anatomic exposures on a cadaver
    Highlights: Review the anatomy pertinent to dialysis i.e. perforator anatomy, cutaneous nerves that cause symptoms, central venous structures with rib and clavicle removal, femoral fistula dissection, and more.
  • Activity 6: HeRO station
    Highlights: Learn HeRO placement techniques and tips from experts
  • Activity 7: Live patient evaluations with examination and US interrogation
    Highlights: Most patient issues can be solved simply by a focused history, exam, and bedside Ultrasound. Not every aneurysm needs to be repaired, not every fistula needs to be “perfect”, and not all tingly fingers need a procedure. Come evaluate patients and discuss with the faculty.

Friday RN/TECH Activity Sessions I, II, & III
Pick one activity per session
  • Activity 1: Live cases transmitted from Orangeburg and the Houston Methodist ORs with panel discussion
    Highlights: Watch live dialysis access surgery and interventions with panelists from both surgical and interventional backgrounds to discuss
  • Activity 2: Live patient evaluations with examination and US interrogation
    Highlights: Most patient issues can be solved simply by a focused history, exam, and bedside Ultrasound. Not every aneurysm needs to be repaired, not every fistula needs to be “perfect”, and not all tingly fingers need a procedure. Come evaluate patients and discuss with the faculty.
  • Activity 3: Access Station
    Highlights: Learn Ultrasound guided punctures, handle different graft materials to see the unique qualities, examine fistula/graft simulators, review US reports and learn what they mean, see anatomy on a cadaver with important exposures

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Saturday will feature a half-day of lectures. Highlights include a discussion of access challenges like steal, aneurysms, recurrent thromboses, maturation techniques for percutaneous fistulas, PD problems, and more.