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The entire conference (including the post session) has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 16.00 Class (this includes the post conference session, which is 4 hours) A CE credits - 12 hours only if you are just doing the Saturday and Sunday regular sessions; Code number 1036670; Expiration date 9/30/2018. AANA designates this program as meeting the criteria for up to 4.00 CE credits in pharmacology/therapeutics. 

Register for the conference by September 7th before the Early Bird rates expire!

Friday, September 28, 2018

5:30-7:30 p.m.


7:30-9:30 p.m.
Board of Director's Meeting


Mass Mutual Welcome Party


Saturday, September 29, 2018

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 a.m.
Opening Statements - OANA President Maria Roberson
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
General Session

Healthcare Fraud: What Every CRNA Should Know
Speaker: Mark J. Silberman, J.D.

The goal of this presentation is for CRNAs to learn about basic healthcare fraud rules and regulations that could impact their practices and distract from their primary focus: the welfare of the patient in front of them.

  • Learn what regulations are the base of the government's enforcement efforts;
  • Learn how to avoid the avoidable problems facing practitioners.


*9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
General Session



*Pediatric Pain Adjuncts
Speaker: Heather J. Rankin, DNP, CRNA

This lecture presents pediatric pain medications to the attendees.  Medications, their doses, and their indications will be discussed.  Surgical cases where these medications are useful will also be presented.

  • Discuss and learn pediatric pain medications, doses, and indications.



10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Break with Exhibitors
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
General Session




Medical Malpractice and Basic Insurance
Speaker: Mark J. Silberman, J.D.

Obtain a basic understanding of insurance tools available to CRNAs to protect their practices and themselves and how to manage an allegation of malpractice.

  • Learn the basic types of insurance available to CRNAs;
  • Learn the mechanics of a malpractice claims.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
General Session


AANA Update: The Value of Membership
Speaker: Heather J. Rankin, DNP, CRNA

This lecture provides the attendee an opportunity to hear an update on the activities of the AANA, see state specific information from AANA surveys, and an opportunity to interact with a member of the AANA Board of Directors.

  • Discuss and learn ongoing activities in the AANA
  • Discuss the value of membership in the AANA


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Members and Exhibitors and Business Meeting
*1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
General Session




*Anesthesia and Pediatric Neurodevelopment
Speaker: Heather J. Rankin, DNP, CRNA

Certain medications have been linked with neuroapoptosis in research studies. It is unknown what these medications do to human children.  This lecture will present the medications that have been associated with neuroapoptosis in animals, discuss these medications and their uses with humans, and look at evidence-based literature research regarding neuroapoptosis.

  • Discuss and understand medications associated with neuroapoptosis in animals, the use of these medications with the pediatric population, and the research that has been published regarding both.
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
General Session



Business Basics Every CRNA Should Know
Speaker: Mark J. Silberman, J.D.

Obtain a basic understanding of contracting and negotiating issues facing CRNAs as employees and as employers.

  • Understand basic contracting issues facing CRNAs;
  • Learn the basics of evaluating and negotiating employment contracts.



3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Break with Exhibitors
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
General Session



SLAM Airway Flowchart and Airway Anatomy Assessment
Speaker: James Rich, CRNA, APRN

If your patient can't breathe, nothing else matters. We will cover three main topics in this session: 1) Uses of Oxygenation status and carbon dioxide to determine whether to use an elective or emergency pathway. 2) The four pathways: oxygenation/ventilation, intubation, rescue ventilation and cricothyrotomy. 3) How to rapidly deal with critical airway events and a crash airway. 

  • In this session, you will learn to never tolerate hypoxia. You will put iinto action rescue ventilation after three failed intubations. In normal circumstances, you will provide rescue ventilation with an FDA approved SGA.



5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Happy Hour with Exhibitors


 Sunday, September 30, 2018

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Attendees with Exhibitors
*7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
General Session




*Rapid Sequence Intubation, Delayed Sequence Intubation and Airway Pharmacology
Speaker: James Rich, CRNA, APRN

Is RSI scientifically based or part of an anesthesia folk lore? How can delayed sequence intubation eliminate the need for RSI? Have a rational and methodical approach to use of airway drugs. The future of Succinylcholine in the presence of Sugammadex.

  • After attending this session, you will be able to list absolute contra indicators to the use of Succinylcholine.  You will also be able to list the advantages of DSI over RSI




*8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
General Session



*Legal Regulatory Issues a CRNA Should Know in Dealing with Anesthetic Shortages
Speaker: Mark J. Silberman, J.D.

Many CRNAs are facing anesthetic shortages and need to have an understanding of the issues they should consider in managing anesthetic shortages while ensuring quality patient care.

  • Learn how to avoid problems managing circumstances involving anesthetic shortages;
  • Understand the importance of prioritizing patient care - and documenting that priority.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
General Session


Basic Through Advanced Techniques to Rescue Intubation (Including video Laryngoscopy)
Speaker: James Rich, CRNA, APRN

In this session you will be able to: define difficult intubation versus failed intubation, find ways to prevent airway trauma during difficult intubation, and learn simple techniques to make intubation easy. You will also learn about head-elevated laryngoscopy position versus ear-to-sternal notch position, the rational use of video laryngoscopy versus laryngeal mask assisted intubation, and to compare and contrast the channeled versus non channeled V.L.S. Learn to avoid the law of insanity; doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.

  • Define difficult versus failed intubation
  • Learn, compare and contrast different intubation methods


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Break with Exhibitors
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
General Session



Rescue Ventilation Techniques Using Supraglottic Airways
Speaker: James Rich, CRNA, APRN

In this session, you will learn 1) When to proceed with rescue ventilation 2) What are the contra indications to the use of supraglottic airway for rescue ventilations, 3) Why choose one SGA over another? and 4) Compare and contrast of supraglottic airways 

  • You will be able to discuss the advantage of SGAs over BVM ventilation.
  • You  will know what the clinical threshold for rescue ventilation is.
  • You will know, which clinical situations prevent the use of SGAs for rescue ventilation.



1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Closing Remarks - OANA President Maria Roberson
1:20 p.m. Adjournment of Conference
 1:30-5:30 p.m.  Post Conference Session



SLAM Airway Training
Speaker: James Rich, CRNA, APRN

In this program, you will learn safe and effective airway management techniques for healthcare practitioners. Participants will learn 1) Rapid sequence  inttubation, delayed sequence intubation, and airway pharmacology - when should I hurry? When should I delay? Which drugs are appropriate? 2) Rescue ventilation techniques using supraglottic airways, 3) Understand the impact of intubation techniques in obese patients 4) Perform a bougie-assisted intubation. 

  • Describe the indications and contraindications for using a supraglottic airway for rescue ventilation.
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for identifying the cricothyroid membrane.
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for performing bougie-assisted intubation.
  • Discuss airway management implications in morbidly obese patients.
  • Contrast the difference between rapid sequence intubation and delayed sequence intubation with emphasis on apneic oxygenation.

*Indicates the session has been prior approved for pharmacology/therapeutics credit.


 Register for the conference by September 7th before the Early Bird rates expire!