ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: Regional Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: Regional Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

  • Issue 72

Gabriella Iohom

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: Regional Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

9-10 November 2017

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Less than three weeks to go!

With the meeting fast approaching, we are delighted that an outstanding faculty has committed to delivering what we hope to be a comprehensive educational programme. Delegates will have the pleasure and opportunity to get first-hand information from experts from Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the USA, and the UAE.

Three parallel sessions are planned each day.

Following the opening session with welcoming speeches, the plenary lecture will set the scene with an overview (or rather a bird’s eye view) of the upcoming society guidelines on perioperative ultrasound.

Lectures (3) will focus on soft tissue imaging, regional anaesthesia for day case surgery, and novel local anaesthetics and anti-nociceptive drugs.

Refresher Courses (6) will revisit topics such as neuraxial blockade; trunk, and upper and lower limb blocks; lipid rescue in the treatment of local anaesthetic systemic toxicity; and treatment of facet-related low back pain.

Pro and Con Debates (6) will flesh out real life controversies such as:

  • Is it safe to perform ultrasound guided nerve blocks in anaesthetised adult patients?
  • Does regional anaesthesia prevent cancer recurrence?
  • Is it a good idea to use spinal anaesthesia for day case surgery?
  • Should postoperative epidural analgesia no longer be offered?
  • Is it safe to perform peripheral nerve blocks in patients at risk from compartment syndrome?
  • Should we add dexamethasone to the local anaesthetic mixture administered perineurally?

Symposia (9) bring together various topics with the view of generating discussion under the following headings:

  • All you ever wanted to know about regional anaesthesia but were afraid to ask
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) – the knee replacement model
  • Perioperative pain management
  • Perioperative anticoagulation and regional anaesthesia
  • Risk associated with perioperative analgesic modalities
  • Other than mainstream regional anaesthesia techniques
  • Perioperative regional anaesthesia in specific patient populations
  • Education
  • How to make the most of my neural blockade

Last but not least, for the first time in the history of focus meetings, small group hands-on Workshops on ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia will be offered in two formats:

  • Foundation Level Workshops will focus exclusively on three blocks (axillary brachial plexus, femoral, and popliteal sciatic) and the practice of hand-eye coordination skills in a gelatine phantom.
  • Advanced Level Workshops will be tailored towards delegates’ needs, and, time permitting, will offer any of the other blocks grouped around four stations: upper limb, lower limb, trunk, and neuraxis.

The ESA President and the Treasurer join me in inviting all our members to take part to the meeting which would be held for the first time, in their home country. We sincerely hope there will be something for everybody in the audience. It is, however, the participants themselves – local and from far and wide – who have the potential of making this a truly global and memorable experience.