AAHA Con trivia, part deux #1: Who am I?



Amanda Shelby, BSc, RVT, VTS AA


Session 1: Escape Room Anesthesia: Will Your Patient Survive? 

This audience-driven presentation will use an interactive polling system to move through a case together as a group. Your votes will decide how to move the patient’s case forward—majority wins! We’ll review case options and make decisions based on signalment, diagnostics, presentation, and differentials.  

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the importance of critical thinking and observational monitoring to make clinical decisions and communicate about patient care. 
  • Increase familiarity and improve recognition of common misunderstandings and misinterpretations of critical/anesthetized patients and monitoring systems. 
  • Appreciate variations of clinical decisions for case-based problem solving. 


Session 2: What is Happening? Reading Between the Lines 

What does it take to be an impressive anesthetist, technician, or clinician? To have that sixth sense of reading between the lines? Honestly, it takes the power of observation and critical thinking. In the context of monitoring critical and/or anesthetized patients, it takes understanding of physiology and pharmacology, as well as the effect of co-morbidities and disease processes on anesthesia; it takes knowledge about the surgical procedure and impact on the patient. It's a little bit intuition and it takes showing attention to the smallest details to recognize the slightest shift in a trending monitoring parameter: This distinguishes the novice from the expert.  

Join this interactive session and test your ability to read between the lines in this case-based approach for improving your monitoring skills. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand interpretations of monitoring parameters using a case-based approach for critical/anesthetized patients. 
  • Understand the relationship between monitoring devices and the information they provide in a clinical setting to tailor response and treatment decisions. 
  • Improve expert monitoring techniques for critical and anesthetized patients. 


Session 3: Stranger Things: Troubleshooting Machine Mishaps 

This session is interactive! Join to see if you can identify common, real-life mistakes that occur with monitoring and anesthetic equipment. See if you are a troubleshooting expert and learn ways to prevent machine mishaps to mitigate their negative outcome on patients. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the function and purpose of the anesthetic machine and breathing circuits / anesthetic-related devices to optimize care and minimize harm to patients. 
  • In a case-based approach, identify common machine mishaps. 
  • Review the importance of checklists and the impact on anesthetic-related mistakes. 

Register at aaha.org/aahacon!