Experts Explore Innovations in Multidisciplinary Care

Collaboration among members of the multidisciplinary health care team has never been more important. And while allied health professionals have made significant contributions to performance improvement and research, forums to discuss these findings have been limited.

Multidisciplinary Innovations in Cardiothoracic Patient Care

Sunday, January 28
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 316

The goal of the Multidisciplinary Innovations in Cardiothoracic Patient Care session is for attendees to leave with specific strategies for implementing innovative patient care approaches that foster improved outcomes and efficient care delivery.

“This session is a tremendous opportunity for allied health professionals worldwide to come together, network, and share innovative best practices,” said Jill Ley, RN, MS, of the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, a moderator of the session.

The first presentations will focus on key lessons from centers demonstrating exceptional outcomes for patients treated with transcatheter aortic valve replacement, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), or long-term ventricular assist device (VAD) support. The care of these patients is complex and challenging, and speakers will offer advice on developing these programs.

Burnout among health care professionals is high, especially among those in the cardiothoracic surgery setting. It can have devastating effects on both health care professionals as well as patients, so strategies to combat this problem will be discussed.

“Burnout is more prevalent in health care workers than ever before—especially in those caring for the critically ill—and is associated with deleterious effects such as decreased quality of care, patient satisfaction, and staff retention rates,” said Mary Zellinger, RN, MS, of Emory University in Atlanta, who will discuss this topic. “Increasing awareness and identifying potential interventions will contribute to restoring the health and well-being of all members of the interprofessional team, as well as improve outcomes for our patients.”

The session also will feature an international perspective on optimizing patient safety throughout the continuum of care. Speakers from the Netherlands and United Kingdom will share information on negative pressure wound therapy, as well as how medical and nursing innovations can contribute to patient outcomes.

Following the invited lectures will be the presentation of five scientific abstracts. The topics include a nurse-driven protocol for ECMO support, using a VAD with a total artificial heart in a child, the impact of an enhanced recovery program on postoperative narcotics use, the effect of frailty and age on outcomes in cardiac surgery, and a mechanical circulatory support program at a children’s hospital.

“We are extremely excited to offer this new, comprehensive session designed specifically for multidisciplinary team members,” said Ley. “We look forward to a lively session.”