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8/19/2017
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Session Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:10 AMWelcome Announcements
8:10 AM - 9:10 AMSession 1: Crossing the Chasm of Heart Disease in Women
9:20 AM - 10:20 AMSession 2: Transitions of Care for Geriatric Patients
10:20 AM - 11:20 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
11:20 AM - 12:20 PMSession 3: Palliative Care - Basics and Beyond
12:20 PM - 2:00 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMSession 4: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
3:00 PM - 3:15 PMChapter Business Meeting
3:15 PM - 4:15 PMSession 5: Landmark Legal Cases and Ethical Issues in Coma, Vegetative State, and the Minimally Conscious State
4:15 PM - 4:25 PMClosing Remarks

Welcome Announcements

Session 1: Crossing the Chasm of Heart Disease in Women

Caitlin M. Giesler, MD, FACC

Women’s Heart Center, Seton Heart Institute · Austin, Tx

ABSTRACT:
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Women are more likely than men to die following a heart attack. We will discuss the reasons for the gap in diagnosis and treatment of heart disease by looking at the interesting history of heart disease in women. Armed with this information, we can join together and fight back against heart disease.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discuss differences in the risk factors for heart disease in women
  2. Analyze the biological and social differences in women that affect treatment and prevention of heart disease
  3. Design interventions to advance community awareness of heart disease in women

Session 2: Transitions of Care for Geriatric Patients

Liam Fry, MD, CMD, FACP
Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care · Internal Medicine
University of Texas Dell Medical School · Austin, TX

ABSTRACT:
General principles of care for the hospitalized geriatric patient will be reviewed with a focus on new updates in evidenced based medicine. The various locations available for post-acute care for geriatric patients including the evidence in the literature for each will be discussed. Finally, the main risk factors for poor outcomes for discharged elderly patients will be reviewed and discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify two to three new updates in the care of hospitalized geriatric patients
  2. Define two to three risk factors for poor outcomes at discharge
  3. Establish six different options for post-acute care and pros/cons of each

Session 3: Palliative Care - Basics and Beyond

Elizabeth Powell, MAC, BCC
Chaplain · Palliative Care
Seton Healthcare Family, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas · Austin, TX

Phyllis Barron, RN, BSN, MSN, MSHP, APRN, FNPC, CCRN-K
Family Nurse Practitioner · Palliative Care
Seton Healthcare Family, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas · Austin, TX

ABSTRACT:
Palliative Care services are a key component of quality healthcare. In this session, attendees will learn and discuss palliative care services and quality domains. We will review advanced care planning as it relates to patient care, and identify potential barriers and solutions. Healthcare professionals often express discomfort when providing emotional support in difficult clinical encounters. We will explore how to increase skill and comfort in communication with patients and families regarding difficult or complex conversations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Differentiate between palliative care and hospice
  2. Identify the eight domains of quality palliative care and describe indications for palliative care consult
  3. Verbalize strategies and tools for effective communication with patients and families re: advanced care planning

Session 4: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Kristin Wong, MD
Assistant Professor · Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Seton Brain & Spine Institute · Austin, TX

ABSTRACT:
This session will define spinal cord injury/myelopathy and explain pathophysiology. Attendees will learn to describe the sequelae of SCI including neurogenic bowel/bladder, spasticity, paralysis, etc. Instructor will articulate the short and long range ramifications of spinal cord injury, its complications, and how this impacts discharge planning. Role of case management and PM&R in the treatment team for comprehensive care of the spinal cord injured patient will be discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Recognize the role of PM&R in the spinal cord injured patient
  2. Define spinal cord injury and recognize sequelae of SCI
  3. Describe how pathophysiology influences discharge planning for SCI patients

Chapter Business Meeting

Session 5: Landmark Legal Cases and Ethical Issues in Coma, Vegetative State, and the Minimally Conscious State

Walt Mercer, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services, Licensed Psychologist
Texas NeuroRehab Center · Austin, TX

ABSTRACT:
Over 315,000 individuals in the United States live with a disorder of consciousness. The misdiagnosis rate of these disorders ranges from 37% to 43% and misdiagnosis can lead to sober consequences, especially in end-of-life decision making. Several cases have established the legal framework for decision-making with disorders of consciousness. However, for many, lack of appropriate tools and ambiguous loss reduces decision-making capabilities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Describe/define coma, vegetative state and the minimally conscious state
  2. Identify cases that establish legal precedent with respect to disorders of consciousness
  3. Define the cause(s) of ineffective decision making and suggestions to improve decision making

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