Heart and Vascular Institute Continuing Education Programs




3rd Annual Dimensions in Heart and Vascular Care:
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

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With the significant incidence and prevalence of cardiac and vascular disease in the United States, health-care professionals must stay abreast of the developments within this field. Open to all members of the interdisciplinary team, Penn State's Dimensions in Heart and Vascular Care 2015, is designed to highlight the numerous dimensions and advances within the field of heart and vascular care.

This meeting is designed to impact practice, explore evidence-based research, and demonstrate cutting-edge techniques that can be directly applied to the learner's clinical and academic practice.

"Featuring Keynote Speakers"

Kevin L. Thomas, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Director of Faculty Diversity and Health Disparities Research
Associate Director of TL-1
Scholars program/CTSA
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Durham, NC

Gene Beyt, MD, MS
Executive Director
The Positive Healthcare Network
Senior Executive Associate
Interventional Learning, Inc
Indianapolis, IN

Jan Phillips, DNP(c), MSN, RN, CENP
Director of Nursing
Emergency and Surgical Services
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hershey Lodge. Rate is $159 single/double. The deadline for this rate is October 19, 2015. Reservations can be made online at hersheylodge.com or by calling 717-508-1957. Please mention the group name Continuing Education when making your reservation. Overnight guests receive complimentary admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story.

Penn State Continuing Education appreciates the support of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology for their partnership for this activity.



LVAD Basics-What You Need to Know
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where: Penn State Hershey Medical Center University Conference Center

Session offered: 7:30 A.M. - Noon

The Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute is providing free educational session that include didactic and hands on training related to the care of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patients in community based medical settings. These sessions are intended for RN, LPNs, Medical Assistants, EMT, Paramedics and other medical team members from settings including Emergency Medical Services in the field, Long-term Acute Care Facilities and SNIF.

There is no cost for this program. 

Registration maintained by CME

Agenda (7:30 A.M. - Noon)

7:30 am - Check In

8:00 am - Introduction Lecture
               Allana Langley, Rn, MSn, CCRN

9:30 am - Break

9:45 am - Rotating Stations (30 minutes each)

  • Heartmate II power sources/ controller
  • Heartware power sources/controller
  • Dressing change
  • Basic Care/Emergency Care

Noon - Program Evaluation/Adjournment

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to change the controller on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to change power sources on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to perform an LVAD drive line dressing change
  • Demonstrate LVAD hemodynamics
  • Identify LVAD basic indications/contraindications, components, and goal of therapy
  • Discuss the elements of daily routine care and lifestyle changes care associated with a patient living with an LVAD
  • Identify unique elements of emergency care and appropriate interventions

2.0 contact hours awarded. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Nursing Education
and Professional Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by
PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of
our sponsored educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant
financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place
to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program
participants at the beginning of the activity