6th Annual Orthopedic Nursing Symposium
On October 27, 2014, 128 nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and pharmacists
joined together to learn more about orthopedic patient care. The 6th Annual
Orthopedic Symposium was a success!
This year, there were 13 vendors, physician and nursing presentations,
and another sold-out event with a waiting list starting in early September.
Attendees came from as far as UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, San Francisco, Modesto,
San Diego, local area and the desert.
Topics covered complex pain management; minimally invasive spine surgery;
skin care with special emphasis on peri-operative pressure ulcers and
skin tears, and the favorite event, a live-feed video conference from
the operating room of a direct approach anterior hip replacement. Participants
were able to interact with the surgeon as the surgery was being performed.
Along with the surgery, there was a lecture on anterior hip replacement
and normothermia information to prevent infection and produce better patient
outcomes. A specialty oncology orthopedic surgeon and oncology nurse navigator
provided an introduction on the topic of sarcoma and soft tissue malignancy.
Included was a discussion on the care of the patient and family along the
continuum of care from diagnosis through long-term follow-up. A presentation
about the complexities of arthroscopic and total shoulder replacement
was also included in the symposium.
The audience enjoyed getting to see a 3D model of an arthritic shoulder
and how surgical outcomes are being improved due to this innovation.
It was an information-packed day with lots of personal growth for orthopedic
staff, networking and sharing of best practices as well as good food and
lots of vendor information. Look forward to seeing you next year.