CREF Product Theaters

CREF Product Theaters (PTs) give you a chance to explore commercial products and services that can shape your work environment, improve your practice, and promote better patient care. At CREF PTs, dine with friends and colleagues and discover the benefits of employing advanced technology, best practices, and specialized services.

Attend CREF Product Theaters to:

  • Gain practical understanding of products and services related to your practice
  • Hear about some of the latest findings in CPB care
  • Observe demonstrations of innovative equipment and technologies
  • Obtain hands-on experience with products related to your profession
  • Hear answers from key experts and industry representatives

PTs are organized independently by their industry hosts, and registered attendees pay no additional charge to attend. All PTs are offered first come, first served. 

CEU credit, but not CME credit, is offered for all CREF Product Theaters.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19


12:30 – 1:45 PM

Grifols Lunch Product Theater:
Hereditary Antithrombin Deficiency (hATd) and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk: Are You Asking the Right Questions?*

Liz Schwab, PharmD
Coagulation, Thrombosis and Critical Care Medical Science Liaison

PACIFIC BALLROOM 18 – 20  | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

Engage with a nationally renowned expert about:

  • The role of antithrombin (AT) in anticoagulation
  • The impact of AT deficiency on thrombotic risk and on heparin action
  • Hereditary antithrombin deficiency (hATd) and why it is a unique, high-risk, frequently undiagnosed disorder
  • The risks of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period
  • The risks of developing VTE in the surgical setting
  • Patient cases

*This event is not available for continuing-education credit.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20


6:00 – 9:00 PM

LivaNova Evening Product Theater
A Behind-the-Curtains Look at the New Era of Perfusion

PACIFIC BALLROOM 21  | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21


6:30 – 8:00 AM

Terumo Breakfast Product Theater:
CATSmart PSQ: Expanding 
Autologous Blood Management

David Moehle, CCP Emeritus

PACIFIC BALLROOM 21 | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

Autotransfusion devices have become an integral component of any blood management program in cardiac surgery. There are several types of autotransfusion devices which include continuous and discontinuous or bowl-based processing. This presentation will review components and usage of the CATSmart® Continuous Autotransfusion System along with its unique autologous component therapy capabilities.

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Medtronic Lunch Product Theater:
Developing a Smart ECMO Program

Matthew Warhoover MS CCP LCP
Chief of Perfusion, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

PACIFIC BALLROOM 21 | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

As ECMO continues to evolve, centers must learn to adapt and embrace new technologies. Matt Warhoover, Chief of Perfusion at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently implemented some new technologies to their ECMO circuits, which have helped improve his team’s workflows and the care they deliver. Come listen to Matt as he shares more about the growing ECMO program at Vanderbilt and how it has continued to evolve.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22


6:30 – 8:00 AM

Biomed Simulation Breakfast Product Theater:
Multidisciplinary Team Education Utilizing High-Fidelity Simulation

George Justison CCP
Manager Perfusion Services, University of Colorado Hospital

PACIFIC BALLROOM 21 | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Legally Mine Lunch Product Theater:
Proper Use of Legal Entities for Lawsuit Protection & Tax Reduction

Jon Melton
General Manager, Sleep Utah

PACIFIC BALLROOM 21 | FIRST FLOOR, NORTH TOWER

Legally Mine will show you how to stop the threat of lawsuits before they ever get started by protecting your assets in time-tested and proven legal structures. These same structures allow us to help our tax attorneys save what you would normally pay in income taxes. These are little-known tax helps that have significant case history and have stood the test of time.


CREF Product Theaters are organized independently by their industry hosts, and registered attendees pay no additional charge to attend. All PTs are offered first come, first served.

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