Advanced Bariatric Life Support (ABLS): Handling Bariatric Complications

Monday, November 11, 2013 | EST

Location: A302

Co-Directors: Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS, FACS, and Giselle Hamad, MD, FACS, FASMBS

CME Credits Available: 3.5

Course Overview and Target Audience

This multidisciplinary 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.


Time Topic Faculty
1:00pm Welcome and Introduction
Daniel Jones, MD
1:10pm Hospital Volume and "Failure to Rescue"
Robin Blackstone, MD
1:20pm Pulmonary Problems: Sleep Apnea, Acute Respiratory Failure, Ventilator Issues in the ICU and Pulmonary Embolus
David Provost, MD
1:35pm Post-Op Bleeding: Intraluminal and Intra-abdominal
Ninh Nguyen, MD
1:50pm Post-Op Abdominal Pain: Bowel Obstruction, Internal Hernia and Other Sources
Daniel Herron, MD
2:00pm Intensive Care Management of Sepsis, SIRS and ARDS in the Severely Obese Patient
David Provost, MD
2:20pm Early Complications After Bariatric Surgery: Recognizing and Treating Leaks and Other Impending Disasters in the Bariatric Surgery Patient
Raul Rosenthal, MD
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Case Studies: Abdominal Pain, Bleeding, Sepsis, Critical Care and Others
Giselle Hamad, MD
4:20pm ABLS Written Exam
4:50pm Wrap-up
5:00pm Adjourn