CHAT (Children’s Hospital Association of Texas) Nursing Conference 2017 – Driving Excellence in Pediatric Care

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Date: Oct. 27, 2017 & Oct. 28, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Austin at the Domain, 1301 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758

The annual CHAT (Children’s Hospital Association of Texas) conference is a unique collaboration among several free-standing not-for-profit-children’s hospitals across Texas. Together, an executive steering team ensures cutting edge knowledge generated at each hosting facility is shared with and benefits nurses and other healthcare professionals across Texas. The CHAT nursing conference provides a forum for pediatric nurses in Texas the opportunity to:

  • Examine new and innovative trends in pediatric health care across a variety of clinical settings
  • Identify the most current advances in research and evidenced-based practice that have significantly contributed to quality patient outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of leadership skills at the bedside as a means to promoting the profession of nursing as well as safe, quality care for children and families

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*Please note the lectures denoted with * are not currently approved for CNE

Continuing Nursing Education Credits

This educational activity will provide up to 10.5 contact hours.

Seton Healthcare – Seton Family of Hospitals is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE activity has been jointly provided by Seton Healthcare—Seton Family of Hospitals collaboratively with the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas.

Hotel Information

The Westin Austin at The Domain
11301 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

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Rooms are available for a group rate of $179.00 per night for a queen/king until 5:00 p.m. October 5, 2017 or until the room block is filled.

To reserve your room, use the Reserve Now button or call 800-228-3000 and ask for the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas room block.
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Group rate available 3 days pre and post event (based on availability).

Transportation Information for Airport Travel

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport512-530-3825
The Super Shuttle800-258-3826
Sedans Incorporated888-302-9002
Yellow Cab512-452-9999

Information for Sponsors and Vendors

The annual CHAT conference expects to draw over 200 pediatric nurses with various subspecialties from hospitals around the state of Texas. Sponsor support will enable the CHAT committee to offer the conference registration fees at the lowest possible amount, thereby providing greater opportunity for nurses to attend. Their participation will enhance the conference experience while helping to improve medical care to children in Texas.

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Our Exhibitors and Contributors

We wish to thank the exhibitors and all other contributors to the 2017 CHAT Pediatric Nursing Conference. With your help, the associates of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas have been able to continue the mission of educational quality as well as proud membership in the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas. We look forward to continuing our valuable relationships with the exhibitors and the contributors, and we encourage everyone to take an opportunity to visit and thank these representatives.

I.V. House

Dell Children’s would also like to extend a special THANK YOU to I.V. House Inc. for their continued support of the CHAT Pediatric Nursing Conference.

I.V. House, Inc. is the world leader in developing innovative IV insertion site protection and joint stabilization products to improve patient safety and increase nurse efficiency.

IV insertion site protection products include the I.V. House UltraDome® and I.V. House UltraDressing®, available for patients ranging from neonatal through adult. The clear, ventilated dome of the I.V. House UltraDome and I.V. House UltraDressing is designed to shield, secure and stabilize the IV catheter to protect against bumps and snags that can lead to accidental dislodgment.

In addition, I.V. House has revolutionized IV therapy related joint stabilization with the development of the TLC® Wrist Splint, TLC® Foot Splint and TLC® Elbow Splint. TLC Splints are ergonomically designed to hold the joint in the ideal position for optimal IV therapy infusion, while allowing patients greater freedom to participate in day-to-day activities. The see-through openings on the back of the TLC Splint provides nurses with greater access to the extremity with the IV catheter, so they can Touch, Look and Compare to check for changes in size, color and temperature. This increased level of visibility helps prevent serious complications such as infiltration and extravasation. Recent trials are showing promising results.

In fact, the results of a recent trial at a pediatric hospital showed ZERO IV infiltrates in the patients wearing the TLC Wrist Splint compared to 12 IV infiltrates in the patients wearing traditional armboards.

Bard Access Systems

Bard Access Systems (BAS), a division of C.R. Bard, is a market leader in the design and development of innovative vascular access devices, catheter care products and portable imaging products. Bard’s extensive product offering is further enhanced by comprehensive clinical, educational and operational programs designed to help customers address specific challenges within their institutions and enhance patient care.

Medical Plus Supplies

Medical Plus Supplies is an independently owned and operated home medical equipment service company specializing in complex pediatric respiratory services, enteral feeding and rehabilitation technology. Our main office is in Houston, with branches in Conroe, Beaumont, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin metropolitan areas and San Antonio. Our range of services that we provide is all encompassing from respiratory services to feeding and nutritional care, standard to custom rehabilitation technology, urological items, and incontinence products. Medical Plus Supplies is a comprehensive homecare provider that not only offers specialized services, but all the traditional lines of medical supplies and durable medical equipment. Our respiratory services range from the simplest nebulizer to the most complex ventilator. As a community based company, we vow to provide our customers with the finest in professional service, equipment, and quality home care services.


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