Benedikt Preckel | Chair SSC 7 – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesiology
As chair of the Scientific Subcommittee 7 (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology) it is a pleasure for me to invite you to participate at the ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine taking place on 13th and 14th November 2015 in Nice, France. The concept of a series of Focus Meetings on Perioperative Medicine targeting a specific field was launched in 2014 .This second edition focuses on all aspects of “The Cardiac Patient” undergoing surgery . Internationally recognised researchers and speakers give you a broad overview on different topics related to the cardiac patient. This meeting is organised in collaboration with the national French Society of Anesthesiology (Société Francaise d`Anesthésie et de Réanimation, SFAR) and the European Association of
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists (EACTA). During this meeting, we will not specifically discuss anaesthetic issues of patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but will focus on the patients presenting on a daily basis within our routine clinical work: surgical patients with cardiac or vascular comorbidities. However, experts of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists (EACTA) will be present and will also give lectures on the optimal treatment of patients with pre-existing cardiac pathologies.
We will take a look on the current guidelines and whether these guidelines are properly implemented in our routine clinical work. Changes in recommended pre-treatment and pre-operative optimisation of these patients will be highlighted, as will be the preferred anaesthetic procedure for specific surgical procedures like carotid artery or femur surgery.
How should we deal with patients who have very recently undergone percutaneous coronary interventions and who use anti-platelet drugs? How do we treat anaemia or coagulation disorders in these cardiac risk patients? These questions arise daily in our operating theatres. The European experts in these fields will discuss together with you the current literature on the respective topics. What to do in the event of an intra-operative cardiac such as myocardial infarction? What is the best treatment for the patient?
We will look at specific cardiac problems, such as cardiac valve diseases, arrhythmias and pulmonary arterial hypertension. The specific problems in the nowadays more frequently presenting patients with adult congenital heart disease will also be presented.
The programme will be extended to cover the broader anaesthesiological field by including the post-surgical APGAR score and discussions on how to treat postoperative heart failure.
Refresher courses will be presented and you will have the opportunity to take part in workshops on electrocardiogram interpretation and its pitfalls, interpretation of hemodynamic curves registered during the surgical procedure, as well as how to interpret point of care coagulation tests.
As you can see from this list, all aspects around the cardiac patient will be discussed. There will be plenty of time during breaks to discuss your own questions and cases with the respective experts in the field. In my opinion, enough reasons to come to Nice in November this year and to take part on this second ESA Focus Meeting.
I therefore hope to meet you in France on 13th and 14th of November 2015.