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31st EACTA Annual Congress 2016

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) and the Local Organising Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 2016 EACTA Annual Congress, that will take place in Basel, Switzerland, from 11-13 May.

Human factors underpinning patient safety is the theme of the 2016 EACTA Annual Congress. In recent years, we have learnt that human factors both play an essential role in the safe delivery of patient care and are a major contributor to adverse outcomes. Therefore, the Congress programme will finely focus on ‘human factors engineering’, that is ‘designing the workplace and the equipment in it to accommodate for limitations of human performance’ (WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide). In addition, the programme will offer a well-balanced mixture of lectures, workshops, problem-based learning discussions and meet-the-expert sessions covering many important scientific and practical issues in cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and critical care medicine. A faculty of internationally renowned speakers will address the most important issues and hot controversies in our fields, and scientific researchers will present results of their most recent work.

The friendly and informal attitude of an EACTA Congress will give you the great opportunity to informally meet experts in the fields of cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and critical care medicine, discuss the challenges that we are facing in clinical practice, and exchange ideas. And although the focus will be on a stimulating professional meeting, the EACTA Annual Congress is not only about education and science; it is also about networking, meeting old friends again, and making new friends.

Finally, also use the opportunity to enjoy the charming and joyful city of Basel with colleagues and friends. Basel is located on the Rhine River at the Three Countries Corner of Switzerland, Germany and France where diverse cultures, a multifaceted history, and modern art and architecture all converge. It is renowned for its well preserved old town, world-class museums, and landmarks of modern architecture by masters like Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta or Renzo Piano. Close by Basel are tourist sites in the Swiss Alps (for example, travel to Zermatt in just 3 hours by train), the Black Forest (DE) and the Alsace (FR) for you to explore. And be sure not to miss the pastry shops, sidewalk cafes and delicious restaurants: to explore Basel is a festival of all senses!

Welcome to the EACTA Annual Congress in Basel!

Manfred Seeberger, Chair of the LOC
Jens Fassl, Co-chair of the LOC

Local Organising Committee:


Manfred Seeberger
Institut für Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin
Dominique Bettex
Miodrag Filipovic
Marc Licker
Jens Fassl

Please click here to see the EACTA Abstracts for the Annual Congress in Basel 2016

Abstract Submission

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens November 2, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline January 16, 2016
Notification of Acceptance (via Email) February 18, 2016

Abstract submission is now closed.

Abstract Categories
01 - Anaesthesia Techniques
02 - Intensive Care Medicine
03 - Cardiac Anaesthesia
04 - Cardiopulmonary Bypass
05 - Thoracic Anaesthesia & Surgery
06 - Vascular Anaesthesia & Surgery
07 - Transplantation
08 - Postoperative Care
09 - Organ Function & Protection
10 - Myocardial Protection
11 - Haemostasis
12 - Drugs & Fluids
13 - Evaluation of Methods & Techniques
14 - Monitoring
15 - Echocardiography
16 - Risk Factors & Outcome
17 - Quality Management
18 - Other

Typing and formating 

  • The abstract should be written in English. Use British spelling, e.g. anesthesia, oesophagus, crystalloid. However, you can easily eliminate many typing errors and misspelling by using the spell-check feature of your word processing software.
  • The layout of the abstract should be the following:
  • Title Box must only include the Title. Total numbers characters allowed including spacing is 150.
  • Text Box, starting a new line for each subheading: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. The title should be brief and in Bold capitals. Headings of the text (Introduction, Methods, etc.) should be Bold sentence case. The total numbers of characters allowed including spacing is 2800, which includes figures and tables.
  • The preferred font is Arial (or similar) with a size no smaller than 11 point (9cpi). Note that the accepted abstracts will be reduced to approximately 80 % of the original size when they are printed. Smaller size will result in unreadable text. The maximum amount of letters is 450 words.
  • Use the SI-system for all units of measurement (e.g. ml, kg, kPa) with the exception of mmHg for blood pressures. With two items or more, negative exponents should be used, e.g. ml
  • min-1. The use of abbreviations should be minimized, and they must be defined the first time they are used.
  • One figure or one table within the borders of the abstract is allowed. Figure and tables should be aligned with the text. Text in the figures or tables will also be reduced to 80%. Be sure that all text in the figure or table is readable. Ensure that lines on figures are thick enough to bear reduction for printing. All figures should be in black-and-white.
  • You may use one and but no more than three relevant references, numbered () in order of appearance in the text and listed at the end of the text. They should have the following sequence: author(s), title, journal (as abbreviated in Index Medicus), year, volume and pages. For example: Latimer RD. Inhaled nitric oxide in the management of pulmonary hypertension after mitral valve surgery. Br J Anaesth 1994; 72: 185-9.
  • Key Words are not needed

Scientific Abstract Committee

The Scientific Abstract Committee is responsible for the assessment of scientific abstracts, it will be composed of Delegates from each Subcommittee.

It is supervised by the Chair of the Annual Congress

If you want to sponsor or have an exhibition at the 31st EACTA Annual Congress 2016, please find more information in the EACTA 2016 Exhibition Sponsor Prospectus

CLICK HERE to view the floor plan. Please notice that red indicates that the booth is sold while the yellow is reserved.

Sofie Due Joergensen,
ICS - International Conference Services
Strandvejen 169-171
2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen
Tel: +45 3946 0522, Fax: +45 3946 0515
e-mail: ,

The on-line registration is now closed. You are welcome to register on-site at the Congress.


Registration fees in EURO
Early fee
until 14.03.2016
Normal fee
until 18.04.2016
Late fee
from 19.04.2016
Annual Congress (Member) 575,- 675,- 725,-
Annual Congress (Non Member) 675,- 775,- 825,-
Annual Congress (EACTA Officer) 375,- 425,- 475,-
Annual Congress (Trainee/Perfusionist) 2 325,- 375,- 425,-
Workshops and Crash Course 3 50,- 50,- 50,-
Accompanying Person* 90,- 90,- 90,-

* Accompanying Person fee does not give access to the Scientific Programme.
2) Anaesthesiologists in training are required to send a copy of their degree certificate to EACTA
Can only be purchased as an add-on to the registration to the Annual Congress, please note that there is limited number of participants to the workshops/courses.

Delegate Registration includes

  • Participation in the Scientific Programme (workshops and trainee course at extra fee/ticket)
  • Access to exhibition
  • Final programme
  • Coffee Breaks and Lunches
  • Welcome Reception


Payments can be made by:

1. Credit Card:
American Express, Diners Club, Euro Card, Master Card, and VISA are accepted.

2. Bank Transfer to:
Account no.: 3001 3001 909 304
IBAN # DK50 3000 3001 909 304
Swift Address: DABADKKK
Holmens Kanal 2
DK-1090 Copenhagen K

Danish participants can deposit the amount in Danish kroner into bank account no: 3001 4001 154 656 in Danske Bank.

Please remember to add bank charges, as the recipient will not pay those.

Please state your name, ID number, address and “EACTA” on all payments and transfer documents.


Registration Cancellation & Refund Policy
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and mailed to ICS - International Conference Services A/S and with a reference to a bank account, incl. the SWIFT Code and IBAN (International Bank Account Number), where a possible refund may be remitted to. An administration fee will be charged depending on the date the cancellation is received by ICS.

Before 15 March 2016: 50 % refund of the fees paid
After 15 March 2016: No refunds will be possible

A handling fee of € 30 per registration will be charged for every registration modification received after 15 March 2016.

Refunds are not made for unattended events, late arrivals or early departure. All refunds will be processed after the Congress.


Visa and Official Letter of Invitation
Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. We suggest you contact your local Swiss Embassy or Consulate for instructions on visa regulations and application procedures. The participant is responsible for obtaining a visa if necessary. A valid passport is required for traveling to Switzerland.

Official letters of invitation can be requested by sending an email to . Please note that the letter of invitation will not be send before the participant have registered and paid the registration fee.


In order to view the Final Programme, please CLICK HERE

For the Programme Overview, please CLICK HERE

To see JCVA online, please CLICK HERE

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.

Wednesday, 11 May - 18:00-19:00

Welcome Reception at the Congress Venue

Please come join your colleagues for a relaxing get-together including wine & snacks and entertainment. The welcome reception will be held in the exhibition area. Attendance is free of charge but enrolment is required.


Thursday, 12 May – 19.00-22.45

Congress Dinner – Rhine River Dinner Cruise

A memorable highlight of the Congress will be the Congress Dinner - a Dinner Cruise on the Rhine River. It will provide the ideal opportunity to mingle and meet other colleagues. The cruise will take you through the city of Basel to the three-country point (CH/D/F) and back while dining and enjoying the entertainment onboard.

The cruise starts at 19.00 from Basel Schifflände.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Price € 100 including the cruise, entertainment and a three-course menu with wine and coffee. After 22.00 drinks are on your own expense.

Lunch Symposia:

Wednesday 11 May 13.30 – Medtronic
A novel approach of NIRS monitoring and Target Blood Pressure Management
Speaker: Dr. Charles W. Hogue, MD, Prof. of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

In this lecture the physiological basis of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) brain monitoring will be reviewed along with current clinical applications. An emphasis will be placed on new developments in real-time monitoring of cerebral autoregulation based on signal processing of the NIRS signal in relation to arterial blood pressure.

Medtronic Symposium Programme

Thursday 12 May 12.00 – Edwards/B. Braun Medical AG NEW TIME
Modern fluid therapy to improve patient outcomes

The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF) generated a guideline on volume therapy in adults on the highest possible level of evidence (S3). Professor Zacharowski will present the findings and recommendations on the 12th May, 12:00 during the lunch symposium.

Over 38 randomized controlled trials and several meta-analyses have demonstrated the superiority of hemodynamic optimization over standard fluid management to decrease cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, infectious, hematological, neurological and other complications. Doctor Frederic Michard will outline WHY and HOW to implement hemodynamic optimization therapy in today’s clinical practice.

Edwards/Braun Symposium Programme

Friday 13 may 13.30 – Orion Pharma
The role of Levosimendan in cardiac surgery

Levosimendan, a cardioprotective inodilator, has been developed as a treatment for acute heart failure. In this symposium, Dr. Martin Siegemund (Basel, Switzerland), will  describe the challenges related to perioperative heart failure. Prof. Sven-Erik Ricksten (Gothenburg, Sweden) will present  the unique effects of levosimendan on renal function, and Dr. Dominique Bettex (Zürich, Switzerland) will focus on the efficacy of levosimendan in optimizing patient outcome in the cardiac surgery settings.

Orion Pharma Symposium Programme

Friday 13 may 13.30 –Nordic Pharma
Is aprotinin an essential product in the arsenal of the current Patient Blood Management?

Aprotinin is a serine protease inhibitor that prevents bleeding in cardiac surgery. In this symposium, the scientific and clinical grounds of aprotinin’s safety and efficacy will be presented and Dr Mario Cibelli (Birmingham, UK) will present how to use aprotinin in today’s clinical practice.

Nordic Pharma Symposium Programme

The next EACVI/EACTA exam in TOE will be held during the EACTA Congress Thursday 12 May 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, from 09:30 am to 01:30 pm, check-in begins at 08:00 am.

Registration is now open.

Please click "here" to read more and to register.

Please note that you are not permitted to register for this exam if you sat the previous EACVI TOE exam less than 6 months ago. If you do, your registration will be cancelled automatically and you will be charged a 10% administration fee.


Start of the 31st EACTA Annual Congress 11.05.2016
End of the 31st EACTA Annual Congress 13.05.2016


Deadline for: Date
Abstract Submission 07.01.2016
Letter of Acceptance 08.02.2016
Early Registration Fee Annual Congress 14.03.2016
Normal Registration Fee Annual Congress 18.04.2016


Further Important Events Date
Representative Council Meeting with Directory Board 10.05.2016
Subspecialty Committee Chairs meeting with Directory Board 10.05.2016
EACTA General Assembly 12.05.2016
Event Details