Learning Lab Lures Attendees

In a packed plexiglass-enclosed classroom on the exhibit floor Thursday, critical care transport nurse Beverly VonGoerres enlightened close to 200 attendees on common obstetric cases that show up in the emergency department, including pre-eclampsia and seizures.

The short session, “OB in the ED: Case Study Hits, Misses and Triage Kisses,” was one of four such talks on various topics that drew conference goers to the Learning Lab – a new addition to this year’s annual educational and networking conference. Other topics presented Thursday included“IV Filtration and Extravasation Risks and Early Detection,” “A Breath of Fresh Air: Checklist Utilization for Intubation” and “Master the Ultrasound for Central, Arterial and Peripheral Line Insertion.”

The participants who attended the overflowing session on OB-in-the-ED care standards gleaned welcome insight from the cases that VonGoerres said didn’t go as expected.

“That was so useful,” said Susan Cuff, a triage nurse from Rochester, New York, who noted the textbook review of protocols and checklists will help her be ready for what comes her way. “It is great to have a reminder of what to look out for so you can catch it before things go bad.”

The Learning Lab sessions, repeat today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An additional session on vascular access decision making is also scheduled.