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Annual Conference Highlights
Annual Conference

2018 ASET Annual Conference
NOLA - Network, Organize, Learn, ASET

Thursday, August 16
 
Lewis Kull Memorial Keynote Address
“Critical Thinking for the Healthcare Team: Accelerated Skill Building
Cynthia Christie, CLM
 
In our work in Neurodiagnostics we are often faced with a patient care situation that requires an urgent course of action and accurate communication with other members of the medical staff. It might be the loss of waveforms in an intraoperative neuromonitoring case, or a patient having a major seizure in the outpatient EEG lab. In such situations critical thinking skills are essential. We need to know when to initiate an alarm, how to describe the situation, and how to assist during the intervention. During this very interactive presentation, you will have an opportunity to observe the critical thinking process and improve the outcome of the decision-making steps through a simulation problem-solving exercise. The goal of the exercise is to build a skill: working with a team to make rapid, appropriate critical thinking decisions under pressure. Cynthia will explain her connection to Neurodiagnostics and share her motivational thoughts, and will conduct a simulation exercise. The audience will work in small teams, attempting to solve the problem in timed rounds with an analysis of the process between rounds to improve performance.

With a devotion to healthcare, Cynthia Christie has led teams from many hospital departments to improve the processes they use and improve the patient experience. She brings her passion for healthcare along with 20-plus years of experience in performance improvement. For over 10 years, her sessions have brought incredible inspiration and heart to health care workers. Raised by a surgeon and a nurse, she was immersed in healthcare in childhood watching her parents’ devotion through compassionate patient centered care. Later in life Cynthia adopted a beloved child from Russia with special needs, and she shares these touching stories along with an exceptional 45-minute interactive series of exercises which enhance the habits of higher critical thinking in stressful environments. 
 
The Keynote Address is sponsored in perpetuity by ABRET, in memory of Lewis Kull.
 

 
Friday, August 17
 
Ellen Grass Lecture
“Clinical Neurophysiology in the Treatment of Disease"
Aatif Hussain, M.D.
 
Clinical neurophysiology has a long standing history and value in the diagnosis of neurologic diseases. Because of their unique ability to assess physiology and function of the nervous system, EEG, evoked potentials and (NCS/EMG) have long been used in the diagnostic evaluation of epilepsies, demyelinating disorders, neuromuscular disorders and other diseases. The role of these tests and clinical neurophysiology in general has usually ended upon diagnosis. New applications of these trusted techniques are changing old perceptions. Continuous EEG monitoring has found new value in not only diagnosis but in treatment of non-convulsive seizures and status epilepticus. VEPs have been shown to be a biomarker for assessment of demyelination and remyelination associated with treatment of multiple sclerosis. Various EMG techniques can be used to assess improvement or otherwise of many neuromuscular diseases. The use of these techniques in the treatment of various neurologic disorders is the next frontier for clinical neurophysiology. It is time that clinical neurophysiology transforms from neurodiagnostic to therapeutic.
 
Aatif M. Husain, M.D. is a professor of Neurology at Duke University Medical Center and director of the Neurodiagnostic Center of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He is also the director of the Evoked Potentials Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Husain attended medical school in Pakistan. After doing an Internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, he completed Neurology residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. After residency, he did fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine at Duke University. His practice now involves neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring, EEG, epilepsy, and sleep medicine. He is past president of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the American Board of EEG and EP Technologists. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology and the Treasurer of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Husain has authored more than 100 articles and edited and written several books on Clinical Neurophysiology.
 
 

 
Saturday, August 18
 
Kathleen Mears Memorial Lecture
“How Can We Solidify the Future of Neurodiagnostic Technology?”
Cathy Boldery, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM, CCT, FASET
 
The first R. EEG T. credential was awarded to Marion Menzel in 1964. Now, 53 years later there are less than 6500 registered technologists to serve 5534 hospitals in the United States allowing just one per facility. Will we survive? Lack of recognition, educational programs and the advancement of EEG technologists to higher ranks in our profession is leading to an impending personnel crisis. Other allied health professions are growing and gaining recognition through licensure as we fall behind. Networking is a means of survival and essential as we enter into the future. The theme of the ASET’s 2018 Annual Conference is NOLA: Network, Organize, Learn with ASET. Though we come from various backgrounds, we must stand together and determine what is needed for the survival of our profession. Please attend this presentation which is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Mears who was a mentor, educator and motivator to others throughout her career.

Cathy Boldery, CCT, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, RPSGT, FASET, President/CEO of Neurodiagnostic TEX has over 30 years of experience and has earned credentials in several areas of Neurodiagnostics. She received her training at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Duke University. She is a well-respected educator in her field, having provided many lectures, publications and volunteer research. She has served on many national boards and committees and held positions within local, regional, and national societies. Cathy developed the Ethics Program at Neurodiagnostic TEX, which received the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award in 2007. She was inducted as an ASET Fellow for her service and contributions to the field. Currently she is president of the Texas Neurodiagnostic Society to support local education for technologists, and is actively working with a lobbyist towards licensure in the state.
 

 
Saturday, August 18
 
2018 ASET Symposium
“Best Practices in Neurodiagnostics for Staffing, Productivity & Patient Safety”
Panel Discussion
 
ASET receives many requests for information about standards and best practices on a number of topics, including: technologist to patient staffng ratios, reasonable expectations for the number of procedures a technologist can complete in a work day, and how to ensure patient safety by adequately staffng a neurodiagnostic service. As of date there have been no industry standards identified and there is no single-solution, especially when each institution
serves a different patient population and has different staffng models. Our panel of experts represent different areas of the practice to provide a variety of perspectives, from medical director of neurodiagnostic services, to intraoperative services and epilepsy monitoring services, to a traveler who has worked in many clinical neurodiagnostic labs. Together we will discuss viable options for setting such standards to ensure patient safety.
 
Panelists:
Stephen Schule, M.D.
Susan Agostini, R.EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET 
Sheryl Nehamkin, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, FASET 
Connie Kubiak, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, FASET