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We are very glad to announce that the EACTA Programme for the 31st EACTA Annual Congress in Basel, Switzerland held from May 11 to May 13, 2016 is now available online.

First and foremost, we would like to thank our Local Organizing Committee Manfred Seeberger-Stucky and Jens Fassl, our Abstract Reviewers and last but not least our EACTA Programme Committee members, who did an outstanding job and organised a wonderful programme for the upcoming EACTA Annual Congress in May.




Thoracic Workshop – Wednesday 11 May 14.30
Anesthesia for thoracic surgery implies not just a thorough knowledge of the different lung separation techniques and devices, but also how to make they work efficiently, knowledge of the different analgesia techniques and other technical devices that may contribute to maintain a perfect oxygenation without interfering with surgery and not to harm to the lungs during and after the operation.
After a brief theoretical presentation for the different lung separation techniques, analgesia and other technical supports that could be used for thoracic anesthesia, the participants will be divided in small groups. They will rotate at the different stations, where after a short explanation of the material to be used and practical demonstration by an expert, they will perform by themselves the different practical manipulations. A number of companies which usually furnish the materials worldwide are supporting our workshop too, so the participants will have the occasion to train with fiberoptic bronchoscope manipulation, left and right-sided double-lumen tube positioning, placement of almost all the available bronchial blockers on the market, use of different videolaryngoscopes, as well as thoracic epidural and paravertebral blocks under echographic guidance.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to use the majority of devices available worldwide and will be familiarized with the different techniques for lung separation, one-lung ventilation and analgesia for thoracic surgery.

ECMO Workshop – Thursday 12 May 08.30/09.15/10.00/11.00
The ECMO Workshop will give you the opportunity to explore and experience normal and critical situations regularly seen in patients being supported with respiratory VV-ECMO. By the end of the session you will be familiar with a normal set up of an ECMO circuit and some of the most common complications. The will only be adult sessions. The sessions will run for a maximum of 45 minutes each, and with a limited number of participants per session. Each workshop will be supported by a simulator which will mimic real life scenarios.

CPB Workshop – Thursday 12 May 14.00/14.30/15.00/15.30
Simulation: Use of Volatile Anaesthetics during CPB – What we need to know to adapt accordingly the circuit
- Objectives: Since the administration of volatile agents through CPB can be beneficial to the patients, the main objective of this Workshop is to alert cardiac anesthetists and perfusionists about the best practice of the use of volatile agents vaporized in the CPB circuit and to summarize some tricks and tips of this technique
- The main points to be reviewed:
1)Volatile Anaesthetics Vaporizers
2 )Membrane Oxygenators
3)Antipollution Scavenging Systems Devices”


CPB Crash Courses (Master Class)– Thursday 12 may 08.30
Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB) is one of the unique and essential features of cardiac surgery. It was successfully introduced into clinical practice as early as 1953 by J.H. Gibbon.
Despite continuous perfection of the technique during the last 63 years, many challenges remain - not only for perfusionists but also for anaesthetists. These include acute kidney injury after CPB, cerebral monitoring during CPB, volatile anaesthetics versus propofol sedation, optimisation of protamine dosage, prime solutions, cardioplegia and CPB education and training in emerging economies. Eight lectures covering these important topics will be given by leading experts at the CPB Crash Course, including Giovanni Landoni, Christa Boer, Marco Ranucci and Charles W Hogue. There will be dedicated time for questions and discussions.

Postgraduate Crash Course (Master Class) in coagulation and transfusion in cardiac surgery – Friday 13 may 09.00
Cardiac anaesthesiologists face questions of blood transfusion and coagulation every day. Only a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of coagulation, haemostasis and transfusion in cardiac surgery helps to answer these questions. The “Crash Course on Transfusion and Coagulation in Cardiac Surgery” aims to deliver an up to date curriculum on the most important transfusion and coagulation issues in cardiac surgery. The scope of topics range from the pathophysiology of coagulation in cardiac surgery to treatment of HIT type II patients on bypass to special coagulation issues in paediatric cardiac surgery. This “Crash Course” covers a 4 hour program and will enable the attendees to answer the most important questions regarding coagulation and transfusion in different settings of cardiac surgery. The “Crash Course” is closely linked to a hands on-workshop on point of care coagulation devices that provides knowledge and hands on experiences in using these devices to assist decision making in patients with bleeding problems or other coagulation issues in the setting of cardiac surgery.

Hands-on Course Point of Care Coagulation – Friday 13 May 14.00
The Coagulation Workshop provides expert guided Hands On Session in performing coagulation and platelet function stat lab tests like TEG, ROTEM, Multiplate, pFA-100, and others. The Workshop is complementary with the Coagulation Crash Course but can be followed in its own course.


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