Idit Matot MD, Past Chair of the ESA Scientific Subcommittee 15, Geriatric Anaesthesiology
When we speak of “age” and anaesthesia one might limit the discussion to the elderly patient undergoing surgery. In this meeting we are taking a broader view and embrace additional perspectives – as the new era highlights newer problems, such as the older mother giving birth, aged blood being transfused, old organs for transplantation, aged anaesthesiologists still at the patient bedside, and yes … old drugs and techniques being reintroduced with great success (for example, Tranexamic acid).
Longevity is one of the biggest achievements of modern societies. In the last 20 years, people all over the world have, on average, gained 6 years of life expectancy. Children born after 2011 have a one in three chance of reaching their 100th birthday. Europeans are living longer than ever before and this pattern is expected to continue due to unprecedented medical advances and improved standards of living. By 2020, a quarter of Europeans will be over 60 years of age. Research on ageing has and will continue to be a vital part of the EU’s framework programmes for research.
During the two-day meeting top speakers in the field will gather in the beautiful city of Lisbon to debate challenges that we face when taking care of the elderly patient. Among other topics, we will thoroughly discuss the updated ESA guidelines on delirium (Prof. Spies, Chair Charité, Head of guidelines committee), new monitoring systems for the elderly in the ICU and OR, Xenon for the old, the elderly in the ICU, regional anaesthesia for the elderly, and should ambulatory surgery be offered to the high-risk elderly. Four interactive cases of pain control in the elderly will be discussed by an anaesthesiologist specialist in pain.
The plenary will be delivered by Prof. Hugh Hemmings (Co-Editor of BJA and Chairman of Anesthesia Department, Cornell University, NY) on the controversial issue of anaesthesia and Alzheimer’s. This will be followed by a session that focuses on other cognitive dysfunctions that may develop in the perioperative period.
So, let’s get updated, hear new concepts and participate in contemporary debates about maternal age and outcome; old for old organ allocation for transplant; recent evidence for Alzheimer’s and Surgery; Consensus nomenclature in POCD; the POPS (Proactive Care of Older People undergoing Surgery) Service; Biomarkers for the Elderly; and much more.
So – join us to live the experience of making connections with network influence and cutting-edge speakers.