Having started in 2017, this year’s SIMLAB sessions have been even more oversubscribed than previous years, with delegates keen to work with high fidelity manikins and state of the art equipment to simulate medical emergencies and various technical procedures in the perioperative setting. 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 partners for the SIMLAB sessions in 2017 and 2018.
This year’s sessions began on Saturday and continue throughout today and Monday in the High Fidelity Room or in the Procedural Skills Room (both 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 for the High fidelity sessions are Dr Carola Salem (Feldkirch, Austria),Dr Rikke Vita Borre Jacobsen (Herlev, Danmark) and Dr Robert Greif (Bern, Switzerland).
For today’s procedural skills sessions on airway management, the SIMLAB has teamed up with Massimiliano Sorbello (Catania, Italy), Chair of the ESA’s Scientific Subcommittee 11 on Respiration and Airway Management. Similarly, Prof Pierre Pandin (Brussels, Belgium) has prepared two very exiting procedural workshops on brain ultrasound for the Monday sessions.
The team of instructors also consists of anaesthesiologists from France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Turkey, UK and UAE, all with unique expertise both in their specialist area and in education and training.
“This year’s team will also be reinforced by local instructors from Austria,” explains Professor Savoldelli. “As with last year in Copenhagen, each year we are adding teachers from the local country, and 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.”
“Our sessions have proved popular and successful and we always get many delegates looking into the SIMLAB to see what is happening! The training sessions are 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: “As with last year, we are keeping the SIMLAB in a very strategic, central place, this year in the Exhibition Hall, so that as many delegates can see it as possible. And as happened last year, this year’s sessions were completely sold out very quickly.”
He concludes: “The themes for this year’s High Fidelity sessions are challenging cases in the OR, and in the ICU, with a focus on improving both medical and teamwork crisis management competencies. Some of the sessions will also focus on trauma patients. The procedural workshops will address PICC and MIDLINES vascular accesses, ultrasound and airway management skills, brain ultrasound and FAST exam. Whatever sessions you are interested in at Euroanaesthesia 2019, please be sure to pass by the SIMLAB to see what is going on.”
Professor Benhamou adds: “For next year’s Euroanaesthesia in Barcelona, we are working with the ESA Scientific Committee to further reinforce the collaboration with some of the Scientific Subcommittees. The idea is to offer to the delegates the choice to follow ‘integrated learning tracks’. These tracks will combine various teaching formats over the three days of the conference, a classical theoretical lecture, one new session format, and two SIMLAB sessions, Procedural and High Fidelity, all in the same domain of anaesthesiology.”
“Getinge is very happy continuing the platinum sponsorship and being again involved in the SIMLAB. It´s our pleasure to collaborate again with CAE Healthcare, Medtronic and Philips for the 3rd time in a row,”says Benjamin Raber. Global Therapy Development Manager Critical CareGlobal ComOps ACT, Getinge. “This year we will support the scenarios with our Flow-i anesthesia machine, our high-end ventilator Servo-u and with the OR table Meera. We are excited to have many delegates exposed to our devices in a realistic training environment during the congress. We see that the ESA SIMLAB sessions are getting more popular year by year. We are confident and looking forward to even more interest at next year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Barcelona.”
“At Medtronic making healthcare better is our priority and we believe technology can play an even greater role in improving people’s lives. As a Platinum Sponsor, the company has been supporting the ESA SIMLAB since it was introduced in 2017,” says Nathalie De Vydt, Senior Marketing Manager Airway Management EMEA, Medtronic. “Also this year Medtronic is excited to collaborate closely with ESA and the other partners CAE Healthcare, Philips and Getinge to support the SIMLAB with products that help to manage the patient’s airway. During both sessions, there will be an opportunity to experience firsthand our McGrath Mac Videolaryngoscope to showcase how to prepare for the unexpected.”
“As a healthcare professional, you’ve always felt a calling to care for others. It’s that instinct you have to jump in and help, when and where help is needed most,”says François Boscheron, Field Marketing, Point of Care Ultrasound, Philips Healthcare.“This is what you were made for. And it’s why Philips is here for you, with a full suite of exceptional point-of-care ultrasound solutions that give you the powerful clarity to make confident decisions and diagnoses anytime, anywhere. So you have the technology to do what you do best, even better—care for your patients. You were made for this. And, after 125 years, we’ll never stop innovating for you.”
“CAE strives to be the training partner of choice in the journey to increase safety and efficiency through education in healthcare. We are joining our customers in their efforts to achieve excellence,” says Stefan Mönk, Chief Medical Officer at CAE Healthcare. “The ESA SIMLAB and screen-based simulation are examples of that partnership: CAE delivers tailored services and products to address the educational needs of the ESA community.”