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Category: Conference Recaps

International Neuromodulation Society (INS) Meeting – Montreal

In June of this year, I attended a day of lectures at the International Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting. One lecture made a particularly lasting impression. Dr. Joshua Prager gave an excellent presentation on Best Practices for Intrathecal Therapy and the FDA. The FDA portion was a late addition to this presentation, and I shall address […]

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A Review: The 3rd Annual Cancer Pain Conference

I recently attended the 3rd Annual Cancer Pain Conference: Integrating Interventional Pain Management and Supportive Care in Patients Diagnosed with Cancer presented by Dr. Lisa Stearns and the Valley Cancer Pain Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. At this conference, I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Dr. Robert Levy, entitled, Publication Update- IDDS Safety and […]

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William’s Notations from NANS 2013: Dr. David Caraway, A Review

Dr. David Caraway was another intriguing presenter at the 2013 NANS meeting.  His discussion, On-label and Off-label Use of Intrathecal Medications and PACC Review, hit some very controversial issues over which many of my clients have expressed concerns. He started by reviewing the history of the PACC guidelines development process, going back to the year […]

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William’s Notations from NANS 2013: Dr. Elliott Krames, A Review

Another great 2013 NANS meeting presentation was by Dr. Elliott Krames on Using the S.A.F.E.  Principles for Patient Selection and IT Trialing Methods. Initially, Dr. Krames produced a set of guidelines for treating patients with chronic pain, known as KISS; Keep It Simple and Safe. Using the KISS guidelines, he developed an algorithm for treating […]

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William’s Notations from NANS 2013: Dr. Lawrence Poree, A Review

  I recently attended the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Meeting 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort. It was another amazing conference and I have much to report. I was fortunate to attend the Intrathecal Pump Evaluation, Management and Refill Course on December 5th. This course had a fantastic lineup […]

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20th Annual Napa Pain Conference, Dr. Elliott Krames: A Review

I recently returned from the 20th Annual Napa Pain Conference where I was fortunate to attend and present at a pre-conference meeting entitled, “Intraspinal Therapies: Enhancing Clinical Practices and Improving Patient Safety.” The pre-conference was held for Allied Health Professionals directly involved with the care of chronic pain patients. Gail McGlothlen chaired this pre-conference, and […]

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20th Annual Napa Pain Conference: Kathy Clagg, RN, ONC: A Review

At the 20th Annual Napa Pain Conference pre-conference meeting, Kathy Clagg, RN, gave a fascinating presentation entitled, “Targeted Drug Delivery 1: Start Low and Go Slow.” Throughout her presentation, she gave a great body of information relating to treating chronic pain patients. Ms. Clagg began her career in 1991 and currently works with Dr. David […]

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20th Annual Napa Pain Conference, Dr. Lawrence Poree: A Review

Another intriguing presentation at the 20th Annual Napa Pain Conference pre-conference meeting was Dr. Lawrence Poree’s topic entitled, “Prevention, Assessment and Management of Granuloma.” He presented case studies of patients who had experienced granulomas and discussed their clinical symptoms, diagnoses and resolution. One very interesting study in particular was of patients receiving morphine sulfate in […]

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20th Annual Napa Pain Conference, Dr. Scott Fishman: A Review

On Friday, August 23, 2013, I attended the beginning of the 20th Annual Napa Pain Conference. It was great to see old faces and make new acquaintances. This conference has grown over the years, and the speakers this year were outstanding and information presented was very relevant to the treatment of chronic pain patients. I […]

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2013 Targeted Drug Delivery: Dr. David Caraway: “Challenges and Adverse Events in IT Infusion,” a Review

I attended Dr. David Caraway’s lecture, entitled “Challenges and Adverse Events in IT Infusion.” During this presentation, Dr. Caraway reviewed a mortality and morbidity article in the Journal of Anesthesiology by Dr. Robert Coffey – citing that the major cause of deaths secondary to pump implantation was insufficient patient monitoring. He added that an additional […]

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