Shorter Hospital Stays with IV Sotalol for AFib: Saturday’s CE Festival Preview

Sotalol delivered intravenously can offer a one-day regimen initiation for adults with atrial fibrillation, resulting in far shorter hospital stays and reducing hospital costs.

AltaThera Pharmaceuticals partnered with the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals to share information about their collaboration with the Federal Drug Administration to bring IV Sotalol back to the market and expand its use for this patient population.

The full presentation will be featured as part of Saturday's Virtual Continuing Education Festival, featuring 8.0 contact hours of continuing education for radiologic technologists, registered nurses and cardiovascular technologists.

In this blog, we offer a sneak-preview of AltaThera's presentation and an example of the excellent, cutting edge education offered by ACVP and our partners and volunteers.

3 Days to 1: Shorter Hospital Stays for Adults with A-Fib

Sotalol IV Converts an Inpatient Procedure to an Outpatient Procedure: Shorter Hospital Stays for Adults with A-Fib

Oral sotalol "has been available for over 25 years, and is the second most prescribed antiarrhythmic," says Rachael Durie, PharmD of AltaThera Pharmaceuticals. The drug is indicated for the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in patients with highly symptomatic atrial fibrillation or flutter. Sotalol is one of only two class III antiarrhythmic drugs, along with Amiodarone, that are offered in both intravenous and oral formulations, and indicated for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

"Where they differ is in their adverse effects," says Durie. "Amiodarone has such long-term toxicity... if the patient does experience toxicity, it could take almost six months for this to be washed out of the system, whereas all of the other oral agents have a half-life of about 12 hours and can easily be washed out in just three days."

But what's the benefit of delivering the antiarrhythmic sotalol via IV? Far shorter hospital stays for these patients, reducing necessary monitoring from three days to one.

A major drawback of the oral formulation is that patients should be initiated for a minimum of three days in a facility that can provide continuous EKG monitoring. "This is due to the pharmacokinetics of oral sotalol," says Durie, as she explains in her continuing education presentation which will air at 11:15AM Eastern on Saturday, September 26.

"Oral medications need to go through something called ADME: Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination, and due to that, it takes five half-lives of the drug to reach the Cmax steady state."

This isn't the case with intravenous delivery of sotalol—pharmacokinetic data suggests that sotalol delivered via IV facilitates a one-day initiation of the regimen, which can be continued by the patient, orally, after discharge without three days of in-hospital monitoring.

The clinical and economic benefits are significant, and especially crucial during the on-going COVID-19 crisis, as Durie outlines in her presentation. "Any time you're reducing hospital length of stay, you're reducing the chance of infection—not just during COVID times." Plus, the cost savings are estimated at $3,000 per patient.

AltaThera Pharmaceuticals is a relatively new company focused on improving patient outcomes via this initiation protocol, which Durie explains in greater detail in her presentation. "This is our first and only product," says Durie. "So we are very committed to our company mission: to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall hospital costs."

There's still time to register for our 8 CEU virtual event!

RNs, RTs and all Cardiovascular Technologists (RCIS, RCES and all CCI credentialed professionals included) can earn 8 contact hours of continuing education by attending the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals' inaugural Virtual CE Festival Saturday, September 26. Register and attend complete sessions to earn credit—drop-in or drop-out on your schedule, from your home. Plus, pay what you think is fair.

Outstanding doctors and healthcare professionals from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Steward Health, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA will present nine hours of cutting-edge cardiac continuing education from 8AM to 5PM ET on Saturday, September 26 in a livestream format. Access easily from anywhere—no downloads necessary. Chat with other attendees and presenters with LIVE, REAL-TIME Q&A throughout the presentations.

ACVP members, employees at Cleveland Clinic and Steward Health, and current students may all attend and earn CE, FREE! Others may attend for as little as $1!

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ACVP Announces Virtual Cardiac CE Festivals, Beginning Sept. 26

We've communicated with our network previously about changing the format of our Fall regional meetings to be virtual. We're extremely excited to announce what that format will be: Virtual Cardiac CE Festivals which are accessible to all with pay-what-you-can pricing.

Our Novel 'Broadcast' Format

Two regional host institutions will combine their outstanding faculty to present at least six hours of continuing education sessions on the latest and greatest developments in cardiac care in a single, livestream broadcast, scheduled for Saturday mornings. Attendees will be able to drop in and out of sessions, earning CE credit for any sessions they attend in full and for which they complete evaluations.

This format allows us to bring the same benefits of our in-person regional meetings—a focus on the host institution's innovations, priorities and outstanding faculty and a concentrated, complimentary educational experience delivering a significant number of CE credits to host staff—to the virtual space, while also opening up opportunities for wider participation and networking between organizations and among all cardiovascular professionals.

Sessions will be recorded ahead of time to ensure a professional, uninterrupted experience, but presenters will be available, live, for question and answer throughout the presentation. Text Q&A will be displayed, live, as part of the broadcast, along with live surveys, interactive quizzes and even prize drawings for our live participants.

Free Registration Eligibility, or Pay What's Fair

Registration for our series of virtual cardiac CE festivals will be entirely free for ACVP members and team members from the host institutions whose faculty are leading our sessions. We ask that all others pay what's fair for this educational experience—to cover our application costs for educational credit and support our work in delivering quality, cutting-edge virtual cardiac CE to non-physicians in all cardiology specialties. But to encourage widespread participation from professionals in all stages of their careers, the minimum contribution is only $1 dollar.

Note: only ACVP members will be able to access continuing education sessions for credit following the live event. Contributing $45 dollars via our registration forms and attending any of these live events will entitle our guests to a complimentary YEAR of ACVP membership, an $85 dollar value! This holds for current and non-ACVP members alike.

As always, Registered Nurses (RNs), Radiologic Technologists (RTs) and cardiovascular technologists of all kinds—CVT, RCIS, RCES (and any other professionals credentialed by CCI)—will be eligible to receive continuing education credit. You must register and follow instructions before, during and after the sessions to receive your CE certificate.

ACVP Sept. 26: Virtual Cardiac CE Festival

Our First Virtual Cardiac CE Festival: September 26

Absolutely stellar faculty from Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH and Steward Health's St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA have combined to present our first virtual cardiac CE festival on Saturday, September 26, from 8:00AM ET to 4:00PM ET, with seven full contact hours of credit available for attendees.

While that may be an early start for our friend's on the West Coast, we encourage you to join us when you can, as we'll be broadcasting all day long!

Register now »

More Virtual Cardiac CE Events to Come, Monthly!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Alliance as we confirm more dates and hosts as we strive to present a live broadcast event with at least 6 hours of virtual cardiac CE credits on a monthly basis, going forward.

If you don't receive our emails, ensure you're subscribed to our e-newsletter at this link.

If your institution may be interested in participating and presenting educational sessions for a future event, please reach out to our communications director, Kurt Jensen: kurt@acp-online.org, to open the discussion. There is zero financial cost to our hosts.

Free Cardiac Continuing Education Webinar – Tomorrow!

ACVP webinar - free cardiac continuing education webinar

Tomorrow, June 4 at 1PM Eastern, we are excited to bring you a free cardiac continuing education webinar, an expert panel discussion on cardiovascular clinical care during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Our panel features truly outstanding non-physician administrators at the top of the field of cardiovascular care discussing their personal experience and outlook on cardiac care at their organizations around the U.S.

Access instructions for our free cardiac continuing education webinar:

We'll be streaming the webinar, live, on YouTube. Anyone can access the webinar on Thursday at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INjhYJTw1Ro

As we'll be on YouTube, you'll be able to view the webinar on your phone, desktop, or even your Smart TVs—but in order to participate in the stream chat, you should access the webinar from a desktop or laptop computer.

The live webinar will be eligible for 1 contact hour of continuing education credit recognized by ACVP's CaPCE accreditation program for all cardiovascular technologists, sonographers and registered nurses, as well as the Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers, an ARRT-recognized CE evaluator, for radiologic technologists.

To ensure you receive continuing education credit, you must register for the webinar.

  1. Register. Register on ACVP's website to ensure delivery of continuing education credit.
  2. Attend & Evaluate. Attend the live webinar and complete an evaluation - link will be sent to registrants and advertised at the end of the webinar.
  3. Receive credit via email. You will receive an email from me within two weeks with your certificate!

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Support for Cardiovascular Professionals through COVID-19

ACVP Support for Cardiovascular Professionals Through COVID-19

Towards the beginning of this crisis, I wrote a message to our network regarding our response to COVID-19. Crucially, I want to remind everyone, again, that ACVP has maintained a remote staff infrastructure for many years, and our day-to-day operations and support for cardiovascular professionals has not changed despite COVID-19.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to update our members on how ACVP continues to provide outstanding support for cardiovascular professionals through COVID-19, and how we've been spending our time to continue to support our members and our profession.

1. Facilitating Virtual Continuing Education

The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals hasn't stopped developing and delivering quality continuing education in a virtual capacity. So far, in March and April alone, we've served hundreds of hours of continuing education to non-physician cardiovascular professionals through our new CVCEU on-demand education platform, which offers more than seven hours of educational modules absolutely free of charge.

We're working diligently behind the scenes to expand those offerings with all-new content, as well as secure sponsorship so that we can continue to deliver these new modules to professionals for free!

2. Facilitating Discussion & Collaboration in a Critical Time

Through this crisis, we've been blessed to have the active and engaged leadership of outstanding professionals and administrators in cardiovascular care to facilitate discussion and the sharing of best practices in real time.

We also continue to connect professionals, directly, with ACVP's CONNETWORK program. Thank you to our fellows and our leaders for going the extra mile despite the increased demands on their time.

1&2(b): Pre-Announcing Our Live Webinar Series in May

To facilitate both excellent virtual education and collaborative discussion, we're very excited to announce a LIVE webinar series in May which will feature outstanding cardiovascular service line administrators and directors and non-physician cardiovascular professionals sharing their experiences and insight into clinical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as looking forward to the new normal in cardiology services as the world slowly reopens.

These moderated panel discussions will provide excellent, real-time clinical education and CEs for attendees, free of charge. Stay tuned for more information - and make sure you're getting our emails by signing up, here.

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