Scientific Subcommittee  7 – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesiology

Scientific Subcommittee 7 – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesiology

  • Issue 72

Jean-Luc Fellahi, Chair SSC7

SC 7 members: Prof Jean-Luc Fellahi, Lyon, France, Chairperson; Prof Benedikt Preckel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Past Chairperson; Prof Matthias Jacob, Straubing, Germany; Prof Benjamin Drenger, Jerusalem, Israel; Dr Simon Howell, Leeds, UK, Associate member EACTA; Prof Bernard Cholley, Paris, France, has just been nominated and will replace Prof Benedikt Preckel on January 1, 2018.

SC 7 functions: The main function of SC 7 is to build the annual scientific programme of Euroanaesthesia in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia, also including perioperative haemodynamics and monitoring, and the cardiac patient in noncardiac surgery. This large area covers two learning tracks: learning track 7 (cardiac, thoracic, and vascular anaesthesiology) and learning track 13 (perioperative medicine), in tight collaboration with both SC 1 (general anaesthesiology) and SC 14 (monitoring and equipment). SC 7 is also in close proximity with EACTA via the active participation of the associate member in the subcommittee activities. Lastly, the SC 7 is responsible for the scientific programme of the ECHO pre-congress course together with Prof Patrick Wouters from Belgium. To meet all these tasks, active members send e-mail suggestions regarding topics and European speakers all year long to the chairperson, who selects the best propositions to build a preliminary programme for the meeting two years ahead. Three times a year the chairperson of the SC 7 attends the ESA Scientific Committee meeting in Brussels and during the annual congress, and presents the preliminary programme of the subcommittee for final approbation.

The SC 7 annual meeting is held every year during Euroanaesthesia. This meeting is open and any ESA active member can participate to give suggestions and ideas. All members of SC 7 are asked to review a large number of abstracts in their field of interest, in order to score them and to select those that will be presented during the upcoming annual congress. Members also have to attend the congress every year and actively participate as chairs of scientific sessions and/or speakers in the regular programme. Their presence in other sessions of the programme allows the quality of the programme to be evaluated. More occasionally, they are expected to make suggestions for additional meetings and other ESA organised events, such as the autumn ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine. The chairperson of SC 7 is regularly solicited by ESA to give expert opinions in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia (endorsement of consensus statements by the Society for instance) and to assess applications for research grants and judge the choice of awards for scientific excellence.

The scientific sessions proposed by SC 7 met a large audience during the past years, leading the scientific committee to authorise more and more time for the SC 7 programme from year to year. For Euroanaesthesia 2018 (Copenhagen, Denmark), 540 minutes have already been accepted by the scientific committee, divided into 2 refresher courses of 45 minutes each and 5 symposia of 90 minutes each. Various exciting topics such as applied cardiovascular physiology, cardiogenic shock, perioperative hemodynamic optimization in high-risk patients, advanced haemodynamic monitoring in the operating theatre, cardiac surgery in the super-elderly, blood losses in cardiac surgery, and the rationale to give fluids during surgery, will be presented and discussed. A new and very interesting formula will be proposed during the symposia devoted to fluids handling: not 3 as usual, but 6 successive speakers having no more than 10 minutes to convince the audience to do or not to do! This very interactive session should be very stimulating and meet with real success.