Keynote Speakers

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The following are keynote speakers for the AANN Stroke Care Conference. See the list of educational tracks to learn more about the topics that will be presented.

Thursday, August 10

DaiWai OlsonUnusual Strokes in Unusual Folks

DaiWai M. Olson, PhD RN CCRN FNCS

Almost everyone knows the big story behind Snow White, but how many people know that Snow White actually suffered an acute ischemic stroke? This dynamic presentation will highlight stroke presentation in populations not commonly associated with stroke. By tapping into case studies well known to almost every nurse, this presentation will discuss stroke symptoms and the correlative neuroanatomy required to understand the pathophysiology behind these symptoms. 

Lunch Symposium 12:45- 1:45pm
Medication Safety in Neurocritical Care

Medication errors continue to occur at an alarming rate among hospitalized patients, with patients experiencing neurologic injuries being at a higher risk of harm secondary to medication errors. Vigilance amongst the multidisciplinary care team remains one of the most effective methods for prevention of adverse drug events and medication errors. As treatment strategies for these patients continue to evolve, all members of the multidisciplinary care team must stay up to date on the latest methods for detection and prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. This presentation will review the primary literature surrounding safe medication use and high-alert medications specifically used in Neurocritical Care that are commonly involved in safety reports.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the most common types of medication error in Neurocritical Care
2) Review safety measures for high-alert medications
3) Recognize clinical opportunities to promote medication safety in Neurocritical Care and Neurosciences

Michael Armahizer, PharmD, BCPS- Currently the Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the University Of Maryland Medical Center. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for pharmacy school and completed residency training in Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include drug disposition of antiepileptic medications in patients receiving extracorporeal therapies, safe medication utilization and practices amongst critically ill patients and process improvement for Neurocritical Care patients.

Friday, August 11

Linda Littlejohns web2Advanced Interactive Anatomy and Assessment of the Stroke Patient

Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN CNRN FAAN

Rapid assessment and intervention is critical in the management of the stroke patient, but can you detect subtle differences that occur in stroke across the lifespan? We will take a deeper dive into the vessels and structures in the brain and spine using the Anatomage 3D updated software, color coded vessels, case studies, and Kaboom. This session will cover anatomy and assessment and afford the learner a better understanding of potential deficits and challenges as the patient moves from the critical diagnosis to recovery expectations and rehab needs.

Thursday, August 10-Saturday, August 12

SCRN Review TrackKiffon

Stroke education, following the SCRN content outline, will help you prepare for the SCRN exam.

Kiffon Keigher, MSN ACNP-BC RN SCRN
Rush University Medical Center



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