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ASET Symposium To Be Held at the 2019 ACNS Annual Meeting

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The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society has accepted ASET’s proposal to host a symposium session during the 2019 ACNS annual meeting, to be held in Las Vegas, NV from February 6-10, 2019.  The title of the symposium is “Setting Up for Success in LTM”. This 90-minute symposium will highlight ways to address current challenges that are unique to the long-term monitoring unit: keeping a unit viable and marketable to patients and providers, building a skilled technical staff to cover a wide range of tasks in the unit, and thinking creatively to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the unit.  Three presentations will be included:

The Value of ABRET Credentials & LAB-LTM Accreditation – Janice Walbert, MS, R. EEG/EP T., CAE, FASET (or designee) – ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing & Accreditation, Springfield, IL

Since the National Association of Epilepsy Centers now recognizes ABRET LTM Lab accreditation toward their certification and re-certification process, there is additional incentive to complete the ABRET LTM Lab accreditation.  This presentation will provide an overview of the accreditation criteria, process and the diverse benefits of obtaining this recognition of high standards in patient care.  The range of benefits includes marketing excellence with the goal of increased patient referral base, attracting top-notch staff and obtaining NAEC accreditation.  A discussion about the importance of credentials for the technologists staffing the LTM unit will also be included.

Objectives: Awareness of ABRET credentials and LTM lab accreditation, understanding of the process involved, list benefits of obtaining accreditation.

Expanding the Role of the Neurodiagnostic Technologist in the Long-Term Monitoring Unit – Susan Agostini, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

The role of the Neurodiagnostic Technologist in the long-term monitoring unit has evolved greatly in recent years.  There has been increasing specialization with technologist staff working exclusively in the LTM unit, taking on expanded roles as educator, patient advocate, advanced data analyst, and member of the epilepsy team, playing a key role during cortical function mapping, epilepsy surgery and ictal SPECT scanning, as well as preliminary review of LTM recordings. Recognizing the potential contributions of technologists in the LTM lab will lead to increased staff satisfaction and retention. The learning objective of this presentation is to increase awareness of the role of the technologist and enhance the quality and efficiency of patients’ stay through updated staffing models.

Objectives: Create effective staffing models to maximize the skills of technical staff to create an effective epilepsy team.

New Initiatives in Long-Term Monitoring – Eric Padilla, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, and Breanne Fisher, MSN, APN, CPNP-PC, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

Eric is the Director of Neurodiagnostics and Neurology and Breanne is an Advanced Practice Provider for the Epilepsy Center, both at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Together, they have initiated measures to improve efficiency and cost savings for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and EEG services.  One program recently implemented allows for an HL7 (Health Level Seven) interface between the hospital’s medical record system and their video EEG equipment.  This makes it possible to streamline the process from ordering, scheduling patients and technologists’ work and physician reporting functions.  The Epilepsy Center has changed from solely inpatient to 80 percent outpatient monitoring, representing a significant cost saving for the diagnostic process.

Objective:  Consider using technologies to increase communication and efficient operation of the LTM unit, promote the use of alternate care model to reduce costs and obtain a satisfactory patient outcome.

When:  Saturday, February 9, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where:  ACNS 2019 Annual Meeting, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV

You must register for the ACNS meeting to attend the ASET symposium.  For more information, please visit the ACNS website.

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