Advanced Bariatric Life Support

Tue 7:45 AM -- 11:45 AM

Location: Room 30B

Track: CME

Course Co-Directors:
Daniel Herron, MD and Daniel Gagné, MD

*Up to 3.25 CME credits available.*

Course Overview and Target Audience:
This course is designed for bariatric surgeons, general surgeons who provide call coverage for bariatric surgeons, ER physicians, critical care specialists, hospitalists and internists who manage postoperative bariatric patients. The program gives a foundation of common knowledge for all members of the bariatric team who are  involved in the evaluation and management of serious life-threatening conditions in bariatric patients. This knowledge is applicable in both large tertiary hospitals as well as small rural emergency departments.

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

  • Assess the patient’s condition expeditiously
  • Demonstrate how to resuscitate and stabilize the bariatric patient in critical situations
  • Identify procedures and policies to minimize complications in bariatric surgery patients
  • Recognize and manage the common surgical emergencies
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient’s definitive care by a bariatric surgeon and specialists with experience in caring for the morbidly obese
  • Describe what would ensure that optimum care is provided by an experienced bariatric surgical team in a facility capable of caring for critically ill bariatric patients

Maintenance of Certification:
For bariatric surgeons, surgeons new to the field of bariatric surgery, and primary clinicians, this event will provide CME in their specific specialty to comply with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in the following areas:  (1) Patient Care, (2) Medical Knowledge, (5) Systems-Based Practice, and (6) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement.

Course Outline:


Welcome & Introduction – Daniel Herron, MD

Hospital Volume & “Failure to Rescue” – Robin Blackstone, MD, FASMBS

Early Complications After Bariatric Surgery: Recognizing and Treating Leaks and Other Impending Disasters in the Bariatric Surgery Patient Daniel Gagné, MD, FASMBS

Pulmonary Problems: Sleep Apnea, Acute Respiratory Failure, Ventilator Issues in the ICU and Pulmonary Embolus – Gregory Dakin, MD, FASMBS

Post-op Bleeding: Intraluminal and Intraabdominal – John Kelly, MD

Postop Abdominal Pain: Bowel Obstruction, Internal Hernia and Other Sources
Daniel Herron, MD

Intensive Care Management of Sepsis, SIRS and ARDS in the Severely Obese Patient – Mary Reed, MD

Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

Case Studies: Abdominal Pain, Bleeding, Sepsis, Critical Care, and Others – All Faculty

ABLS Written Exam


Lunch Served in the Exhibit Hall

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