Karl Thies, on behalf of the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Critical Emergency Medicine – Trauma and Resuscitation
The ESA Subcommittee for Critical Emergency Medicine – Trauma and Resuscitation, supported by surgical colleagues from the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES), held for the first time a ‘Cadaver Course on Lifesaving Procedures in Critical Emergency Medicine’ as a pre-congress event to the Euroanaesthesia 2017 meeting in Geneva. The course was hosted by the Department of Anatomy of the University of Geneva.
The one-day course consisted of two parts, one or both of which could be attended. The candidates worked in groups of four to five per cadaver, learning to carry out life-saving procedures under the guidance and close supervision of a multidisciplinary and highly experienced faculty.
Procedures covered were airway escape strategies, large bore central venous access for massive transfusion, intra-osseous vascular access, finger and tube thoracostomy, pericardiocentesis, resuscitative thoracotomy, and cranial burr hole.
The candidate feedback confirmed that the course was extremely well-received; candidates expressed that this course is filling an educational gap between the specialties of surgery and anaesthesia. In order to utilise the full range of options in critical life support, anaesthesiologists need to develop a thorough understanding of invasive procedures. This is best achieved in a cadaver lab where all these interventions can be carried out in a controlled environment. The candidates particularly liked the high expertise of the faculty, allowing for in depth discussions of the pros and cons of certain procedures and also conveying tips and tricks that are not easily found in text books.
The ESA Board has decided to continue this extraordinary educational programme and we are preparing for the next course in Copenhagen.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!