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Beebe Team Member Patricia Houston Presents at National Conference

January 23, 2012 Patty Houston, RN, MPH, M.Ed, the Bariatric Program coordinator at Beebe Medical Center, was recently invited to speak at the Infusion Nurses Society conference in Los Angeles, CA. Patty gave a one-hour presentation on intravenous (IV) access for bariatric surgery patients. Bariatric surgery is designed to aid in weight loss as it changes the digestive system's anatomy so that the overweight or obese patient consumes less. Excess weight is a risk factor for several diseases.

Patty Houston, RN

Patty Houston, RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator for Beebe Medical Center

Houston's presentation was entitled Infusion Implications for Patients Having Bariatric Surgery. She discussed the difficulty in obtaining IV access on patients with excess weight. Her lecture focused on the use of different techniques, including the use of ultrasound, for these specialized nurses to find the vein and place the IV in the appropriate location. Houston was asked to turn her presentation into a professional article. This article has been submitted to the Journal for Infusion Nursing, and is currently under review for publication. Speaking to nurses from all over the country about bariatric surgery patients was a delightful experience, she says. They came with vast experiences from small community hospitals to large teaching facilities. I feel very proud to have the privilege of being able to represent Beebe Medical Center on the national level. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has designated Beebe Medical Center as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. This designation means that Beebe Medical Center offers a sophisticated, weight-loss program that includes surgical options and that meets the highest standards of quality and safety as set down by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It represents Beebe Medical Center's commitment to battling obesity and the diseases that are associated with it including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at