VASA 2015 Hands-On Practicum on Hemodialysis Access

2015 VASA Hands-On Practicum on Hemodialysis Access
May 14-16, 2015
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Thank you to everyone for another successful VASA Practicum. See in 2017!


The following has been approved by Duke University Continuing Education:
AMA CME credits (7.75 for Friday and 4.5 for Saturday)
ANCC credits (6.8 for Friday and 3.8 for Saturday)

The following has been applied for: ISET CEU credits.



2:00 pm

  Registration Opens

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Welcome Reception – Washington Duke Inn
President’s Ballroom and Terrace


6:00 am - 6:30 am

  Breakfast with Exhibitors- Washington Duke Inn
President III&IV

6:45 am

  Transport to Duke University Medical Center

7:00 am - 7:50 am

  Opening Remarks

7:00 am - 7:20 am

  US Standards of Vascular Access: Room for Improvement?
Jeffrey Lawson, MD, PhD

7:20 am - 7:30 am

  Access Standards in the UK
Eric Chemla, MD

7:30 am - 7:40 am

  Vascular Access Trials and Outcomes in US and Canada
Charmaine Lok, MD

7:40 am - 7:50 am

  The Dialysis Access Care Team: Empowering the Allied Health Members to Support the Process of Care
Deborah Brouwer-Maier, RN

8:00 am

  Attendees split for Physician and Nursing Sessions
Physicians/Surgical PA Groups will rotate between three Sessions:
  • Live OR Observation - Multiple surgical cases will be taking place in Duke’s operating rooms while moderators engage in open discussions with the operative team during the cases and participants are encouraged to ask questions.
  • Fresh Tissue and Simulation Lab - Attendees will work with human fresh tissue and anatomic simulation models using the newest technologies and devices.
  • Live Animal Lab - Allows the groups to participate in a variety of surgical procedures including anastomotic techniques, device implantation, and endovascular procedures.
Nurses/ Ancillary/Non-Surgical Groups will rotate between three Sessions:
  • Didactic Presentations - Leaders in the field of dialysis access will present talks and discussions on the care, planning, and treatment of dialysis access patients.
  • Hands-On Device Demonstrations/Fresh Tissue Lab - Enables attendees to see human fresh tissue models that are handled by surgical proctors who will demonstrate planning and placement of AV access. This session will also include a hands-on area where attendees will be able to handle and work with the newest devices and technologies in the access arena.
  • Clinical Setting Simulation Lab - Allows participants to “walk-through” a patient’s treatment from beginning to end. Each group will follow patients from an initial “phone call” to a clinician’s office to actually evaluate that patient in a clinical setting with a surgical proctor.

8:00 am - 10:00 am

  Physician Session I

8:00 am - 10:00 am

  Nursing Session I

8:00 am - 8:10 am

  What Hat or Hats Do We Wear as Allied Healthcare Members of VASA?
Deborah Brower-Maier and Janet Holland

8:10 am - 8:20 am

  Community Outreach to Reach the PCP’s About CKD and Vessel Preservation
Audrey Broaddus, BA, CCHT

8:20 am - 8:30 am

  Hemodialysis Catheter Avoidance by Use of Urgent Start PD
Vicki Lederle, BSN MBA CPDN

8:30 am - 8:40 am

  Vessel Mapping (Arteries & Veins) - How to Interpret the Result to Help Coordinate Access Planning
Dr. Surendra Shenoy

8:40 am - 8:50 am

  Demystifying the Science Behind AVF Maturation Process
Michele Inglese

8:50 am - 9:10 am

  Role Play on Dealing with Patient Fears Related to Access Placement: “I like my catheter and don't want one of those ugly AVF's in my arm”
Michelle Gilliland, Lillan Pryor and Sandy Bodin

9:10 am - 9:20 am

  FFCL: Access Planning Manual to Empower Your Patients
Janet Holland

9:20 am - 9:30 am

  Network ESRD 6: How Best to Collaborate for Improved Dialysis Access Outcomes
Cyndy McCallus, Quality Improvement Nurse Specialist

9:30 am - 9:40 am

  Group Discussion: What Can VASA Do for You to Support your Learning Needs and Process of Care Needs?
Janet Holland and Deborah Brower-Maier

10:00 am - 10:20 am


10:30 am - 12:30 am

  Physician/Nursing Session II

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  Physician/Nursing Session III

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm


Groups Join Together for General Session

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Vascular Access Clinic: 4 Patient Presentations with Clinical Decision Making

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  Transportation to Hotels

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Transportation to Sarah P. Duke Gardens

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Dinner at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
*There will be an opportunity for those who would like to attend a Durham Bulls baseball game and visit local Durham Nightlife to do so Friday evening.


6:00 am

  Shuttle begins transporting between outside hotels and Washington Duke Inn

7:00 am

  Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am - 9:40 am

  New and Emerging Technologies

8:00 am - 8:10 am

  Endovascular AV Fistula Creation
Dr. Charmaine Lok

8:10 am - 8:20 am

  AV Fistula Salvage with the Vwing
Dr. William Jennings

8:20 am - 8:30 am

  Tissue Engineering of Vascular Access Grafts
Dr. Jeffrey Lawson

8:30 am - 8:40 am

  Acuseal and Hybrid Grafts
Dr. Eric Peden

8:40 am - 8:50 am

  Bulletproof: An Injury Proof Dialysis Graft
Shawn Gage, PA-C

8:50 am - 9:00 am

  Techniques for Crossing Total Central Vein Occlusion
Dr. Charles Kim

9:00 am - 9:10 am

  Inside Out Access for Central Vein Occlusions
Dr. John Gurley

9:10 am - 9:20 am

  HeRO Graft: Success and Failures
Dr. Stephen Hohmann

9:20 am - 9:30 am


9:30 am - 9:50 am


9:50 am - 11:00 am

  Controversies in Education, Training, and Outpatient Surgery

9:50 am - 10:00 am

  Training Expectations for Access Coordinators
Deborah J. Brouwer-Maier, RN, CNN

10:00 am - 10:10 am

  Surgical Curriculum for Training AV Access Surgeons
Dr. Mitchell Henry

10:10 am - 10:20 am

  Training Programs for Interventional Nephrologists
Dr. Monnie Wasse

10:20 am - 10:30 am

  Training Non-Surgeons to Operate
Dr. John Ross

10:30 am - 10:40 am

  How Much Surgery is Safe in the Office?
Dr. Dirk Hentschel

10:40 am - 10:50 am

  How To Build An Access Team and Program
Dr. Christie Gooden

10:50 am - 11:00 am

  Franchising Vascular Access Care
Dr. Aris Urbanes

11:10 am - 12:30 pm

  Clinical Controversies

11:10 am - 11:20 am

  Choosing the Right Access for the Right Patient
Dr. Ingemar Davidson

11:20 am - 11:30 am

  Hemodynamics of AV Fistula Maturation
Dr. Surendra Shenoy

11:30 am - 11:40 am

  Insights into AV Fistula Maturation
Dr. John Lucas

11:40 am - 11:50 am

  Appropriate Conversion of Non-Maturing AV Fistulas to AV Grafts
Dr. Marc Glickman

11:50 am - 12:00 pm

  Are BVTs Worth It?
Dr. David Fox

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

  The Role of First Rib Resection in AV Access Creation and Management
Dr. Karl Illig

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm

  The Acute and Chronic Management of Steal Syndrome
Dr. David Cull

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm

  Boxed Lunches

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Durham Social Program:
Golfing at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.
Guided Tour of Duke University and the 2015 Duke Blue Devils (National Champions) home (Cameron Indoor Stadium and Museum)
Nasher Art Museum
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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