This year’s Euroanaesthesia sees the second year of the SIMLAB sessions, following their very successful first year in 2017. The sessions use high fidelity manikins and state of the art equipment to simulate medical emergencies and other issues in the operating theatre. The sessions have been made possible thanks to support, equipment and software from some of Euroanaesthesia’s Industry Partners: Getinge, Medtronic, Philips and CAE Healthcare, all of whom were also sponsors of last year’s sessions.
This year’s sessions began on Saturday and continue throughout Sunday in the High Fidelity Room and the Procedural Simulation Room (with plastic windows for viewing by other delegates) and are co-chaired by Professor Georges Savoldelli, University Hospitals Geneva, and Professor Dan Benhamou, Hôpital Bicêtre, Paris, France. Also in this year’s SIMLAB team are three Danish colleagues: Professor Doris Østergaard and Dr Anne Lippert from the CAMES (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation); and Dr Rikke Vita Borre Jacobsen from Rigshospitalet. The team also consists of various faculty instructors: a team of anaesthesiologists from France, Switzerland and Denmark, all with unique expertise both in their specialist area and in education and training.
“This year’s team will be reinforced since instructors from Denmark will be added to the group,” explains Professor Savoldelli. “By adding, each year, teachers from the local country, a truly European group of instructors is being created, which will help us promote simulation more widely and also continue working together not only in the Euroanaesthesia SIMLAB sessions but also in various other educational opportunities.”
“Last year’s sessions, both high fidelity and procedural workshops, were very successful and extremely appreciated by the participants. The training sessions were relevant for all participants and for some coming from outside Europe it even allowed them to earn some mandatory CME credits that they have to obtain during practical simulated sessions: delegates from Australia and New Zealand for example,” explains Professor Benhamou.
Professor Savoldelli adds: “This year the location of the SIMLAB is different, instead of the exhibition hall, the SIMLAB is located in a very strategic place. The advantage is that we will be even more visible. And as happened last year, this year’s sessions were completely sold out very quickly.”
The themes for this year’s sessions are challenging cases in the OR, in the ICU or in the emergency room, with a focus on improving both medical and teamwork crisis management competencies. In parallel, workshops on procedural skills in perioperative medicine are also being offered this year. Some of the new themes at these year’s sessions are: emergency surgical cricothyroidotomy, ultrasonic identification of the cricothyroid membrane, ultrasound guided access of peripheral veins including PICC lines and ultrasound central venous catheter placement other than the internal jugular vein.