Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For all areas of Neurodiagnostics: I am seeking ASET members to volunteer to serve as on-line course reviewers!

The ASET CEU Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving all ASET CEU applications submitted prior to awarding CEUs to any educational event or resource covering neurodiagnostic topics.  They are kept rather busy with all of the requests that come in:  regional society meetings, national meetings, hospital-based weekly or monthly record reviews, and webinars.

Recently we have noticed a trend, as we are seeing more requests for CEUs for on-line courses developed by various providers.  Reviewing on-line courses presents a unique challenge.  With more traditional educational events, contact hours are easy to calculate: 1 hour of lecture time = 1 CEU!  You can go by the clock for start and finish time of each lecture in a meeting program.

On-line courses do not have a specific start and end time.  So how do we determine contact hours?  The reading materials in an on-line course lesson may take one person 30 minutes to read and comprehend and take another person 60 minutes!   Factors that may affect time spent on a lesson include familiarity with the topic, overall reading skills and study habits.  A technologist who is a CNIM with years of experience in the O.R. may breeze through an on-line IONM course to obtain CEUs.  A technologist just starting to work in the O.R. will likely be unfamiliar with the topics covered and spend much more time on lessons.

This brings me to the new policy that the ASET CEU committee has established for the review of on-line courses submitted to us for ASET CEU approval.  We are going to develop a list of course reviewers to cover all areas of neurodiagnostics.  When an on-line course covering a specific modality comes in, we will contact the appropriate volunteer from that list to do a course review.  The provider of that course will be required to open that course to the designated reviewer.  The reviewer will go through all lessons, learning activities, quizzes and exams in that course while keeping a log of time it takes to complete these activities, and will report the results to the ASET CEU committee.  Determination of the contact hours will be based on this unbiased, third-party assessment.

We will award the course reviewer 5 ASET CEUs for completing the review, regardless of the number of CEUs calculated, since the review of the course can be considered an educational opportunity.

It is important to note that once assigned a course, we will require that the course review begin promptly and that you are able to report your findings within a month in order to fulfill our obligation to reply to the applicant in a reasonable time frame. 

If you would like to be included on a list of course reviewers, please contact me at and I will send you a short form to fill out which will provide basic information so that we can include you on a list.  I will also be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Attention Neurodiagnostic Technologists! Read about opportunities ASET is offering now!

I want to highlight two very different opportunities for neurodiagnostic technologists.
Are you getting ready to take the ABRET EEG Exam?

If you are planning to take the ABRET EEG Registry Exam and are seeking ASET CEUs for one of their eligibility pathways, or if you simply need help to prepare for the exam and enhance your chance of passing the exam, please consider coming to the spring 2017 ASET EEG Boot Camp!

We are hosting the EEG Boot Camp on the University of Alabama campus in Birmingham, AL on April 22 and 23rd.  We offer 14 contact hours covering the topics you will need to know for the exam.  We include multiple interactive workshops in the course so that you can practice concepts as you learn them.  We also include lectures about all kinds of EEG patterns and clinical correlations to improve your EEG pattern recognition skills.  view EEG Boot Camp course schedule
  The early bird registration rate is offered until March 24th so please sign up soon and save on the registration fee.  Link to ASET seminar registration: register for the EEG Boot Camp

We have reserved a block of rooms at a nearby hotel, in walking distance of the UAB campus for the very reasonable rate of $119 per night.  Please note that our room block expires on March 24th, so please do not delay making your reservation!  Here is the link to the hotel information:  hotel information.

If you don’t need EEG Boot Camp, how about presenting an abstract at the ASET annual conference in Tucson, AZ?  We are currently seeking both platform presentation abstracts and poster abstracts.  Abstract presenters get free registration for the day of their presentation, so this represents a savings worth considering!    Abstract topics are very diverse!  You can do a case study, discuss a new lab protocol, a management topic, a research topic, or you name it!  Here is a link to our abstract application.  We have a due date of March 15th!  Abstracts will be presented on Aug. 10 & 11th.  Here is a link to the ASET Annual Conference Abstract Application: abstract application
Platform abstracts have 30 minute time slots.  Posters are on display in the exhibit hall and on our meeting app.
As added incentive to consider an abstract I have included a picture of the lovely La Paloma Resort, where we have rooms available for $90 per night!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Is the Neurodiagnostic Equipment you are using keeping patient data secure?

Although most techs do get HIPPA compliance training on a yearly basis, you won’t want to miss next week’s ASET monthly webinar, on Wed. Feb. 15th!  It is not about general guidelines and refraining from talking about patient care in the elevator!

 The topic is about HIPPA compliance for our neurodiagnostic equipment.  I heard Simon Griffin give a short version of this talk as an abstract at the 2016 ASET annual conference in Pittsburgh.  His discussion is a real eye opener!  He asks some reality check questions about the equipment that we leave in various places all over the hospital.   We enter a lot of patient data right at the recording system these days, including patient history.  We leave these systems at patients’ bedsides overnight, untended. 

We have remote monitors set up in nursing stations so that others can see what is going on in the epilepsy monitoring unit’s patient rooms.  Who else might take note of what is going on in the patient rooms via that monitor in addition to the nursing staff who assist with monitoring patients?

Do you have one password for all systems you use in the department?  Who might discover passwords and use them without your knowledge?

Simon is an excellent speaker and an expert on neurodiagnostic equipment so don’t miss this one!
This informative ASET webinar begins at 1:00 p.m. EST, noon CST on Wed. Feb. 15th.  To register for the live event and have an opportunity to discuss your concerns with our speaker, please use this link to go to our registration webpage:  webinar registration
If you can't attend the live event, we will have the recording available for purchase soon after the event.  The pricing for both the live and the recorded event is $25 for ASET members, and $40 for non-members.  One ASET CEU is awarded to those who complete the webinar quiz.  A separate webinar quiz is available for purchase.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Intra-operative monitoring technique will revolutionize the use of MEPs

This ASET webinar takes place tomorrow, Wed. January 18, at noon central time.   The presenter is Dr. Ernesto Lima.  The topic is “"Linked Quadri-Polar MEP Stimulation for Minimizing Body Movement" This webinar will be recorded and made available for purchase for those of you who cannot participate tomorrow.  The cost of the webinar is $25 for ASET members and $40 for non-members.  There will be one ASET CEU awarded for the webinar, when participants purchase and complete the webinar quiz.

To register for the live event follow directions on the ASET website: ASET webinar information

Check our website under “recorded webinars” early next week to purchase the recorded version.

Dr. Lima first presented this topic as an abstract at the ASET 2016 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  There was quite a buzz in the room with lots of questions and positive comments about the technique he explained, and attendees crowded around him after his presentation to talk more about this new technique.  This is quite revolutionary and may change the way you do MEPs in the O.R.

He will describe a new way to link electrodes to obtain a more generalized spread of the current during stimulation.  This will allow you to do more frequent MEPs without objection from the surgeon who does not appreciate the distraction caused by frequent relocation of stimulating electrodes.   Now you can do MEPs even during intradural tumor resection and do it safely with little to no movement using the linked Quadripolar technique.  Listen to Dr. Lima's presentation a find out how.  Hint - head measurement is key.