Perfusion was in the spotlight during the 57th annual AmSECT International Conference, which was held right here in Nashville, March 8-10. SpecialtyCare participated as a sponsor and exhibitor and had the unique opportunity to host the AmSECT Board of Directors at our corporate office in Brentwood. Al Stammers, MSA, CCP Emeritus, Linda Mongero, BS, CCP, and Eric Tesdahl, Ph.D., presented to the board, showcasing our research and data collection capabilities with SCOPE (SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry™) as well as our work in ECMO.
The mission of AmSECT (American Society of Extracorporeal Technology) is to support the perfusion community in the improvement of patient care and safety through education and other initiatives. This annual conference is an opportunity for perfusionists and other thought leaders in the industry to come together from across the country to share ideas, present research, and take part in workshops and breakout sessions.
But in addition to the shared knowledge, there was also a whole lot of FUN to be had.
SpecialtyCare’s History of Perfusion exhibit was a popular attraction and was most certainly a conversation starter. Our booth featured a replica of the original glass-chambered perfusion pump, designed by American icon Charles Lindbergh in the 1930s. Even veteran perfusionists were surprised to learn about this first attempt to utilize perfusion during heart surgery!
Our staff also hosted the SpecialtyCare Speak Easy event, which allowed attendees to gather and sample local spirits and enter to win an amazing prize. Thank you to Yonder Live Edge Furniture for designing the wooden box that served as the perfect package for the giveaway.
Not only did SpecialtyCare shine with exhibits and events, Al Stammers, vice president, clinical quality and outcomes research, presented several scientific research papers throughout the conference and was awarded Best Scientific Presentation.