WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
Drug Interactions: Combinations That Kill Your Patients
McCormick Place West, W185 ABCD
Faculty: Steven B. Bird, MD, FACEP
New medications, polypharmacy, alternative drugs, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter medications—how can we keep track of them all? Certain combinations can have dire consequences. The speaker will review the drug interactions that can harm patients, both in the ED and later on. The speaker will also discuss what to look for, what to ask, and how to avoid unfavorable drug combinations.
Everyday Leadership: Secrets of Great Leaders Through the Ages
Skyline Ballroom, Room W375 B
Faculty: Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP
A successful leader can be defined very simply as an individual that others want to follow. This definition implies nothing about titles, money, or delegated power. History, in fact, is rife with examples of “ordinary” people that became known as great leaders, as well as national figureheads that were not considered great leaders. The difference between these great leaders and failed leaders was often simple behaviors and attitudes. During this presentation, the speaker will discuss those qualities and characteristics of the truly successful leaders. The speaker will use examples and teachings set forth by history’s great leaders and great thinkers, such as Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and others. By the end of the session, participants will have acquired new skills in how to be a successful leader. Most importantly, participants will understand that successful leadership skills are critical to success in all walks of life, whether one aspires to succeed as a national leader or whether one simply aspires to be a successful emergency physician, spouse, and parent.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
From Paper to Patient: Recent Advances in Emergency Electrocardiography That Will Save a Life
Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place West, W375 A
Faculty: Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP
Tremendous advances have been made in the field of electrocardiography in the past several years. We are now able to detect subtleties that may literally mean either detection of disease and/or changing management that can save lives. Join this expert in finding and utilizing electrocardiographic pearls buried in years of bench studies. Once you have finished this review, you will not only have skills in new and improved methods of ECG analysis, but you will have the literature to back you up.
Clinical Query: The Awake Airway
Room W179 AB
Faculty: Diane M. Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP; Peter M. DeBlieux, MD, FACEP; Robert J. Vissers, MD, FACEP, FRCPC
Maintaining spontaneous respirations during airway management (for both patient and provider) is desirable in many clinical scenarios. The awake airway can be an effective strategy to avert the dreaded “cannot intubate, cannot ventilate” scenario. This presentation will incorporate multiple vantage points addressing the optimal approach to a difficult airway by using an awake approach by a panel of airway experts.