Special programming targets specific groups

story5_bootcampScientific Sessions 2016 featured programs that explored specialized information for increased learning for specific groups. These programs aimed at aiding cardiovascular nurses, exploring advances in resuscitation science and expanding general knowledge of genomics.

Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium

Advance practice nurses and staff nurses learned about innovations in clinical practice at the Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium on Nov. 14 and 15. There they discussed clinical approaches for improving outcomes and the impact of genomics and new cardiovascular medications, as well providing an update on guidelines for treating patients with acute coronary syndromes.

The symposium opened with presentations on treatments for both cardiovascular and stroke patients, including a panel on novel ideas in nursing care, neurological interventions in stroke and dealing with dysrhythmias.

Optimization of electrocardiography monitoring, the impact of new cardiovascular drugs and genomics on nursing and leveraging technology for remote monitoring of heart failure patients opened the second day’s discussions. Closing the symposium were presentations on improving education of patients and their families, and the role of palliative care for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Resuscitation Science Symposium

The Resuscitation Science Symposium included three full days of presentations Nov. 12-14. This international forum addressed recent advances related to traumatic injury and treating cardiopulmonary arrest. ReSS was developed for fundamental, translational, clinical and population scientists and care providers.

The symposium featured the presentation of late-breaking abstracts, and poster and oral abstracts in resuscitation science, as well as posters, both electronically and in the traditional paper format.

A highlight was the presentation of numerous awards from around the world, including Lifetime Achievement Awards to two U.K. physicians — Jerry P. Nolan, FRCA, FRCP, FFICM, FCEM (Hon), and Karim Brohi, BSc, MBBS, FRCS, FRCA.

Genomics Bootcamps

Two Genomics Bootcamps were presented Nov. 12 and 13 to help attendees incorporate cutting-edge genomic technologies into research programs. Both camps included case-based learning activities.

Next-Generation Sequencing Classroom was designed for early-career members to get hands-on experience with RNA-sequencing data processing and related techniques. Clinical Genomics Bootcamp was aimed at clinical practitioners wanting to learn basic concepts of genetics and genomics and how to apply them to clinical practice.

The faculties featured experts in genetic counseling who moved around the room to guide small-group discussions. The groups discussed patient scenarios covering single-gene testing, whole-genome sequencing, cardiovascular risk prediction and pharmacogenomics.