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During Euroanaesthesia 2019, Medtronic presented delegates with three educational symposia. On Saturday June 1st, a distinguished panel of videolaryngoscopy experts – Dr. McNarry from Edinburgh Scotland, Prof. Noppens from London Canada, Prof. Schoettker from Lausanne, Switzerland and Prof. Gaszynski from Lodz, Poland joined up to debate the value of using videolaryngoscopy (VL) as a standard of care approach for safer airway management practice. The interactive session – combined with voting questions for the audience – presented three clinical cases where the use of VL was debated. Each case presented aimed to provide insights into to the most appropriate clinical practice, the required learning pathway and the economic benefit of using VL technology to ultimately attain successful intubation at the first attempt.
On Sunday the focus was on respiratory compromise as a significant factor for mortality in the general ward. Prof W. Buhre (Maastricht), highlighted the high perioperative mortality rate and shared the Prodigy multicentre study outcomes to help predict which patients are at risk. Prof L. Brazzi (Turin), explained the study protocol and the data analysis process. Then Dr Urman (Boston) presented which patient criteria were identified as predictor of respiratory distress, and detailed the new Prodigy score, considered easy to implement and reliable. Then Dr L. Saager (Gottingen), concluded by reminding delegates that many institutions have already recommend monitoring in the ward, sometimes for more than 10 years. His call to action was for immediate guideline implementation to improve patient safety.
On Monday, Medtronic hosted an educational symposium titled: ‘Strategies in the prevention of perioperative neurocognitive disorders’. We were privileged to have Professor Mark Coburn (Professor of Anaesthesiology University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany) chair our discussion with: Professor Lis Evered (Scientific Head of Research, Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia) who presented a comprehensive overview of the medical issues during her presentation titled: ‘Postoperative Delirium and perioperative neurocognitive disorders (PND)’; Professor Susanne Koch (Consultant for Neurology, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Charité – University Hospital Berlin, Germany) focused on the way technology can support the management of patient care during her presentation “EEG Monitoring and the prevention of postoperative cerebral dysfunction – an update” and Professor Finn Radtke (Senior Physician & Senior Researcher Department of Anesthesiology, Naestved Sygehus, Denmark) concluded with an ESA guideline-oriented solution presented in “The Safe Brain Initiative introduced”.
In case you missed a session either in person or through livestream, the recordings for each symposium will be made available soon.
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