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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The program is now available for the 2014 Annual Convention. Presentations will explore vascular surgery trends, review current vascular medicine options and provide expert discussion.

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It is the goal of the Society for Vascular Nursing - through their Annual Meeting - to enhance the practice of vascular nurses in order to improve the quality of services provided to patients, formulate strategies to foster the role of the vascular nurse as patient advocate and educator, facilitate networking and professional development of vascular nurses.

We hope you will join us in San Antonio!

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
5:00pm - 6:00pm New Member / First Time Attendee Reception
7:30am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibits
8:00am - 8:15am Welcome from SVN President & Planning Committee Chairs
8:15am - 9:00am KEYNOTE SPEAKER
A Quantum Leap in the Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity Amputee

Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP
Hanger Clinic, Austin, TX
9:00am - 10:15am GENERAL SESSION I
9:00am Top Advances in Medicine and Trauma Care Stemming from the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
Todd E. Rasmussen, MD, FACS, Colonel USAF MC
US Combat Casualty Care Research Program, Fort Detrick, MD
Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
9:45am Vascular Discharge Education and Follow-up Care Subsequent to Wartime Vascular Trauma in Injured Service Members
Diane L. Miller, BSN, RN, MPH; Andrea R. Russell, BSN, RN
US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, San Anotonio, TX
10:15am - 10:45am Coffee Break / Visit Exhibits / View Posters
10:45am - 11:45am GENERAL SESSION II
10:45am Roadmap for Preventing Limb Loss in America: Recommendations from the 2012 Limb Loss Task Force
George Gondo, MA
The Amputee Coalition, Knoxville, TN
11:15am Using Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI®) to Improve Care and Patient Outcomes
Jill Knutson, BSN, RN
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

Carrie Bosela, RN, CPC, CPC-I
Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization
1:30pm - 3:00pm GENERAL SESSION III
1:30pm Searching For The Best Treatment For Our Patients With PAD
Karen Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, NP, CVN
The Vascular Group, Albany, NY
2:00pm Lower Functional Capacity is Associated with Higher Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Intermittent Claudication
Rita de Cassia Silva, RN, MSc, PhD; Vanessa Ferreira Amorim de Melo, RN;
Nelson Wolosker; Fernanda Marciano Consolim-Colombo
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2:30pm Complications after Percutaneous Femoral Vascular Access
Tiffany Street, RN, MSN, ACNP
Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, TX
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break/Visit Exhibits/Poster Viewing with Authors in Attendance
3:30pm - 5:00pm GENERAL SESSION IV
3:30pm The Dreaded Aortoenteric Fistula
Anne Foley, MSN, CRNP, CDE
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
4:00pm Achievement of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Disease-Specific Care Certification
Catherine Ortega, MSN, RN-BC
Baptist Health System, San Antonio, TX
4:30pm Minimal Incision Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Rita Clark, MS, BSN, RN, CVN
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
6:00pm - 7:30pm WELCOME RECEPTION
7:30am - 8:15am BREAKFAST SESSION
AAA Detection and Treatment
Joseph Ricotta, MD, MS, FACS
Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, Atlanta, GA
8:15am - 8:45am Visit Exhibits
8:45am - 9:45am GENERAL SESSION V
8:45am Genetic Basis of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Acute Aortic Dissections
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
9:45am - 10:45am GENERAL SESSION VI
9:45am Management and Treatment of Thorocoabdominal Aortic Dissections in Patients with Marfan Syndrome
Marie Rossi, BS, RN
Albany Vascular Group, Albany, NY
10:15am Spontaneous Arterial Rupture: A Complex Vascular Emergency
Bertha Hughes, NP-Adult, MN, RVT,CCN (c), CDE
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
10:45am - 11:15am Coffee Break / Visit Exhibits / View Posters
11:15am - 12:15pm GENERAL SESSION VII
11:15am Recognizing Delirium in the ICU Vascular Patient
Kathleen Rich, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CSC, CNN
Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, La Porte, IN
11:45am The Vascular Nurse and Diabetes Management
Pamela Mahaffey, DNP (c), MS, RN-BC
Ohio Health, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH
12:15pm - 1:45pm President’s Luncheon
2:00pm - 2:45pm BREAKOUT SESSION I
1A Differentiating Lower Extremity Ulcers
Patty Flanagan, BSN, RN-BC
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
1B Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging: Ordering Studies That Make Dollars and Sense
Aubrey Harman, ARNP-BC
Vascular Specialists of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
1C The "Swollen Leg Clinic": Using Available Resources to Improve Patient Care
Diana Eastridge, MS, RN, CNP
University of Wisconsin Health System, Madison, WI
2:45pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break / Visit Exhibits / Poster Viewing with Authors in Attendance
3:15pm - 4:00pm BREAKOUT SESSION II
2A Learning to Love Lysis
Chris Owen, MSN, CRNP-AC, RNFA; Brenda Gerhardt, RT, CVIR
Univ of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, MD
2B Evidence-Based Practice and Smoking Cessation for Vascular Patients
Pamela Mahaffey, DNP (c), MS, RN-BC
Grant Medical Center, Ohio Health, Circleville, OH
2C Diabetes Care in the Hospitalized Patient: Transitioning From Tradition to Evidence Based Care
Kimberly Bartman, BSN, RN, CVN; Joyce Najarian MSN, RN, CDE; Cheryl Rowan, RN, BSN
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
4:15pm - 5:00pm BREAKOUT SESSION III
3A Writing for Publication: Getting it Write
Cynthia Lewis, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, AHC, Editor of the Journal of Vascular Nursing
St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI
3B ABI Trainer Recertification Session
We will be offering ABI certification and re-certification at the Annual Convention in San Antonio.
3C PADnet® Train the Trainer Course
Click to view flyer for more details
(*Not part of the official SVN scientific program)
The inclusion of this session does not indicate an endorsement of Biomedix or the PADnet System by SVN or its members.
6:00pm - 7:00pm AAAneurysm Outreach presents
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Speaker Series
Click to view flyer for more details
Open to All Attendees & General Public
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
7:30am - 8:30am BREAKFAST SESSION
Lymphedema Management and the Role of the Vascular Nurse

Kate Obermiller, PTA, CLT-LANA
Select Medical, San Antonio, TX
8:45am - 9:45am GENERAL SESSION VIII
8:45am Fenestrated Endovascular Stent Grafts and Complex Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Alan Lumsden, MD
Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
9:45am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am GENERAL SESSION IX
10:00am Thoracic Stent Grafts: Is it as Simple as it Seems?
Stacy McDowell, MSN, RN
Beacon Vascular and Interventional Radiology, South Bend, IN
10:30am Standardized Perioperative care of the TEVAR Patient
Amanda Hasseltine, FNP-BC
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
11:00am - 11:45am CLOSING SESSION
Beyond Limits:  One Woman's Experience Living as an Amputee
Katy Sullivan
Hanger Clinic, Austin, TX
11:45am - 12:15pm Award Presentations
12:15pm Meeting Adjourns



Validity, reliability and accuracy of oscillometric devices in Ankle-Brachial Index determination: an integrative review
Vanessa Ferreira Amorim de Melo, RN; Maria Aparecida de Medeiros; Rita de Cassia Gengo e Silva, RN, MSc, PhD
Heart Institute, Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Carbon Dioxide Angiography for Endovascular Procedures
Miriam Brainard, BSN, RN, CNOR
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas, TX

Improving Adherence to Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Administration
Kerry Carnevale, MS, RN; Linda Denekamp MS, RN; Kim Sulmonte, MSN, RN
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Hospital Charges and Establishment of Inferior Vena Cava Filter Retrieval Team in a Level One Trauma Center
Cristina Sola, BSN, RN
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

Delivering Information to Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Lessons Learned and Thoughts for the Future
Olga Nilsson, BSC, RN
Karolinska University Hospital; Department of Vascular Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital,  Stockholm, Sweden

Multidisciplinary Approach To Creating A Safe Environment For Post-Op Amputees
Cimmaron Norton, RN, CVN; Kristin Morgan; Annette Stewart; Erin Reinhardt; Martha Knapp
Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY

Transitions of Care: Improving the Hospital Discharge Process
Kathleen Behan, MS, RN
University California Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA

A Team Leader's Perspective: Integrating Patient Acuity and Proximity into Nursing Assignments
Kayla L. Daugherty, BSN, RN, CVN; Lauren P. Scarbro, BSN, RN, CVN
University of Tennessee Medical Center- Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Obtaining a 100% implementation of VTE prophylaxis protocol - Is it possible?
MINI IYPE, MSN, MHA, RN-BC; Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Mark Sanders, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Henry Viejo, BSN, RN-BC
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Sunnyvale, TX

Tracking Wound Vacs and Preventing Loss
Henry Viejo, BSN, RN-BC
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas, TX

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening Within A Hispanic Community
Kathleen M. Large, BS, M. Eileen Walsh, PhD, APN, RN-BC, FAHA
College of Nursing, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Peri-Operative Management of Reperfusion Syndrome After Carotid Endarterectomy: A Case Study
Elaine M. Raven BS, Regina Torti MSN, RN, CPAN, M. Eileen Walsh, PhD, APN, RN-BC, FAHA
College of Nursing, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH