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The 2018 ASET Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Pre-Conference Events - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CoA-NDT Educator's Workshop - 1:00-5:15 p.m.

This interactive workshop will focus on the Standards for the accreditation of educational programs in neurodiagnostic technology and how each relates to the major activities related to accreditation, including but not limited to:

• Preparing the self-study report
• Preparing for and participating in a site visit
• Conducting required programmatic and student assessments
• Submitting the Report of Current Status, which is also known as the Annual Report

Participants will discover how each activity required when setting up a new program, or
when implementing an existing program, is governed by one or more of the Standards.

Epilepsy 911: An Educational Event for First Responders - 1:00-5:15 p.m.

This session requires an additional $75 registration fee and awards 4 EMT CEUs to emergency medical personnel and 4 ASET-CEUs to technologist in attendance! 

As a community service, ASET is hosting an afternoon of education about epilepsy for local Emergency Medical Service Providers and first responders. We recognize that we are all on the same team when it comes to the treatment of patients with epilepsy, and technologists often start an EEG recording soon after the patient arrives in the emergency room. Our goal is to build a relationship with those who offer pre-hospital care so that together we can improve patient outcome.

This course will include 4 contact hours on topics related to the emergency care of patients with epilepsy. The goal is to ensure that EMS providers will be able to rapidly recognize various seizure types, conduct a comprehensive initial assessment, and provide appropriate emergency management of seizures. This course will award 4 EMT CEUs for emergency medical personnel and 4 ASET-CEUs for technologists. 

Program Schedule:

1:00-2:00 p.m. - Recognizing and Classifying Seizures and non-Epileptic Events that Resemble Seizures
Robin C. Davis, M.D., Epilepsy Division, Department of Neurology, Ochsner Health System

Learning objectives:

  • List the major categories of seizures according to the International Classification of Seizures
  • Recognize symptoms of all seizure types common to adult patients
  • Differentiate seizures from non-epileptic events which may resemble seizures
  • Consider factors that may have contributed to the seizure

2:00-3:00 p.m. - Pediatric and Neonatal Seizures: An Overview of Symptoms and Causes     
Shannon McGuire, M.D., Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Learning objectives:

  • Name the seizure disorders and epileptic syndromes that occur in childhood
  • Recognize the subtle seizure symptoms of the neonate
  • Recognize life-threatening events and contributing factors to seizures

3:00-3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. - Complications of Seizures: Status Epilepticus, Post-ictal state, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, Medical and Social Consequences
Uma Menon, M.D., MBA (Healthcare), FACNS, FAES Neurology-Epilepsy
International Center For Epilepsy, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
Learning objectives:
  • Define parameters of status epilepticus and recognize this life-threatening situation
  • Recognize features of the post-ictal state
  • List factors that contribute to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy)
  • Name various co-morbidities that occur as a result of epilepsy
  • Develop an awareness of the social implications of epilepsy and how the patient and family may react to the occurrence of seizures, and that non-compliance with anti-convulsant drug regimen may contribute to breakthrough seizures and atypical seizures.

4:15-5:15 p.m. - Assessment of Seizures and Current Trends in Emergency Management of Seizures   
Rana Abusoufeh, M.D., Louisiana State University Health, New Orleans, LA        

Learning objectives:

  • List methods to assess patient alertness and ability to respond
  • Develop skills to document a wide variety of seizure symptoms through astute patient observation
  • Determine which standard treatment options are appropriate for age, seizure type and other contributing factors
  • Discuss future assessment techniques that may be offered in the pre-hospital environment, such as EEG monitoring with telemetry