Current Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Covid-19 Perspectives

A Five-Hour Seminar for Perioperative Techs (Surgical Techs, Central Sterile Techs, and Anesthesia Techs)

8:00 am – Participants Login

8:30 am — Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

9:30 am — Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

10:30 am — Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

12:00 pm — Changing Surgical Care in the Time of COVID-19

12:45 pm — Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and the Perioperative Team

2:00 pm – Program Concludes

 

ACCREDITATION:

Surgical Technologists/Technicians:

This course is approved by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) for five (5) continuing education credits.

Central Sterile Technicians:

This course is approved by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for five (5) continuing education credits.

Anesthesia Technologists/Technicians:

This course is approved by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) for two (2) continuing education credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals:

All other healthcare professional will receive a general certificate of attendance. Please check with your accreditation board with respect to receiving credit for this program.

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8:30 am — Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Presenter:

Jeremy M. Steinberger, MD

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about trends in minimally invasive spine surgery;
  2. Elaborate on how minimally invasive spine surgery can be particularly beneficial in the COVID era;
  3. Describe how technology such as robotics and navigation can lead to better surgical results; and
  4. Describe how and why virtual reality and augmented reality are making their way into spine surgery operating rooms.

9:30 am — Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Presenter:

Joseph DeRose, MD

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three invasive components for target during conventional cardiac surgery
  2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of coronary artery bypass grafting performed on pump and off pump
  3. Describe the most common uses of robotics and thoracoscopy in minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  4. Gain an understanding for the techniques and tools used in transcatheter approaches to valvular heart disease

10:30 am — Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

Presenter:

Marc A. Bjurlin, DO, MSc, FACOS

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the instruments used for minimally invasive genitourinary cancer surgery
  2. Understand the role of the tech in supporting a cancer operation
  3. Understand the benefits of minimally invasive surgery compared to the open approach
  4. Recognize the steps, risks, and benefits in robotic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection of testis cancer, radical cystectomy for bladder cancer, and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer

12:00 pm — Changing Surgical Care in the Time of COVID-19

Presenter:

Karen Rowan MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of COVID-19 to the roles & practice of the Surgical Technologist, Anesthesia Technician and Sterile Processing Technician.
  2. Devise strategies that may be used to enhance both patient safety and workplace safety during a pandemic.
  3. Initiate techniques for “self-care for the care giver” post crisis.

12:45 pm — Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and the Perioperative Team

Panelist:                                                                                       

Kevin B. Frey, CST, MA

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how the role and duties of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) were expanded during the time that surgery departments were closed.
  2. Discuss the additional precautions that have been recommended as surgery departments reopened to resume elective surgery.
  3. Assess the mental health resources available to include how AST has addressed this issue.

Panelist:

Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.                                                                   

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explaining the impact on the role and duties of the Anesthesia Technician &Technologist preparing for a COVID case, during and after the case;
  2. Changes that our Anesthesia Department have made regarding OR Protocol for COVID Patients; and
  3. How to make the Anesthesia Providers job a lot less stressful than it already is.

Panelist:                                                                                         

Mary Olivera, MS, CRCST, CHL, FCS

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine healthcare changes driving today’s Surgical Services and Sterile Processing Departments’ functions
  2. Understand standards and regulations under a public health emergency
  3. Identify the factors affecting Sterile Processing Department operations during COVID-19
  4. Learn how to stay mentally healthy and well during a pandemic event.

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