Event dates
Sep 8–10, 2022
Denver, Colorado
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Co-Sponsored by The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Thank you to the attendees, speakers, presenters, and industry partners that made the Critical Care Conference a success!

Registrants: Claim CME & CEU Credit
Log in to the conference website and claim the credit by clicking “Claim Credit and Evaluate” on the left-hand navigation menu. Physicians and PAs can claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, while nurses and perfusionists will be redirected to the Corexcel credit site to claim nursing contact hours or perfusion CEUs. 

An online version of the course will be available for purchase soon. 

Congratulations to these e-poster presenters, who were recognized during the conference:

Best Overall
Thomas Knapp
Medical Student at University of Central Florida College of Medicine 
“Dexmedetomidine Withdrawal in Pediatric and Cardiac ICU Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” 

Best Team Theme
Brett Matoian, MD and Pathik Patel, MD
General Surgery Residents at Ascension St. Agnes Hospital 
“Incidence of Central-Line-Associated Infections after the Introduction of Midline Catheters in a Community-Based Intensive Care Unit Treating Cardiothoracic Critical Care Patients”

Most Innovative
Mahdi Ebnali, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School 
“Cognitive Workload in Minimally Invasive and Standard Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery”


The 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference featured the latest techniques and management strategies in cardiovascular and thoracic (CVT) critical care and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). 

Program Directors 
Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, Vicki Morton, DNP, AGNP-BC, Sarah Schettle, PA, Clauden Louis, MD, and James H. Abernathy, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the elements of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), including implementing an enhanced recovery protocol, methodologies for reducing the use of blood products, avoiding acute kidney injury, and reducing opioids for perioperative analgesia, and measuring effectiveness of an ERAS program
  • Evaluate strategies for optimizing the interaction and engagement of the interdisciplinary team during ICU rounds
  • Discuss the optimal management of postoperative atrial fibrillation
  • Demonstrate techniques in ECMO management, use of ultrasound for cardiac and intravascular volume status in postoperative patients, and management of postoperative cardiac emergencies
  • Describe elements of contemporary perioperative management of the heart failure patient
  • Explain the organization of the shock team
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, neurological catastrophes after descending thoracic aortic surgery, and RV Failure

Target Audience
This conference is designed for all members of the cardiothoracic and thoracic critical care team, including surgeons, cardiologists, interventionalists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, critical care nurses/nurse practitioners, perioperative registered nurses, physician assistants, catheter lab technicians, perfusionists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists. In addition, surgical residents and cardiothoracic surgical fellows in training are encouraged to attend.

Accreditation Information

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


This learning activity was jointly planned and implemented by Corexcel and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This educational program provides a maximum of 14.08 contact hours.

This program has been approved by The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion for a maximum of 16.9 CEUs. Perfusionists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.