32nd EACTA Annual Congress 2017

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) and the Local Organising Committee we cordially invite you to attend the EACTA Annual Congress 2017 from 19th to 21th of April 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

As the field of cardiovascular medicine is rapidly evolving, our profession is continuously challenged – not only by the progress in cardiac surgical techniques but also by the increasing demands of interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic intensive care medicine.

In line with these developments, Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology has become even more attractive, but also more demanding: we are no longer recognized solely as anesthesia providers, but as members of a team of dedicated specialists involved in the comprehensive periprocedural surgical as well as interventional treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Care (C4) will thus be the thematic background of the 32nd Annual EACTA Congress in Berlin. Lectures, workshops, problem-based learning discussions, and meet-the-expert sessions will cover all aspects from pre-procedural decision making and optimization to intra-procedural management and post-procedural care as well. However, beyond the thematic sessions presented by a faculty of internationally renowned speakers there will be ample time to discuss the results of recent scientific work during oral or poster presentations, to meet and talk with experts in the fields of cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and critical care medicine, and of course to meet colleagues and friends from all over the world.

In addition, Berlin itself is always worth a visit. Apart from the historical sites of the German capital and the still visible signs of a city (and a country) that was split by the Wall not so long ago, there are only a few European cities that offer a comparably broad range of museums, exhibitions, theatres, and multiple varieties of entertainment. These experiences beyond science are facilitated by the Congress venue being located within a walking distance to the “Kulturforum Berlin”.

We warmly welcome all of you to the EACTA Annual Congress and hope to meet you in Berlin in April 2017.

Matthias Heringlake, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Joachim Erb, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Local Organising Committee


Matthias Heringlake – Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
and Intensive Care Medicine
University of Lübeck
E-mail: Matthias.Heringlake@uksh.de
Joachim Erb – Co-Chair
Department of Anesthesia
and Intensive Care
University Hospital Basel
E-mail: Joachim.Erb@usb.ch


Michael Sander
Uwe Schirmer
Christian von Heymann
Jörg Ender
Sascha Treskatsch


We are very glad to announce that the Final EACTA Programme for the 32nd EACTA Annual Congress in Berlin, Germany held from April 19 to April 21, 2017 is now available online, please click here.

For a quick programme overview, please click here.

CME Credits

The EACTA Annual Congress 2017 has been granted 17 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Certificates will be send electronically after the congress.

First and foremost, we would like to thank our Local Organizing Committee Matthias Heringlake and Joachim Erb, 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 April.

Available for additional fee


Wednesday 19 April


  • Masterclass for Perioperative VAD Management – 11.00-18.00
  • CPB Simulation Course – CPB part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 09.00-12.00
  • CPB Simulation Course – ECMO & VAD part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 13.00-16.00


Thursday 20 April

  • ECMO Workshop 1 – 08.30-09.00
  • ECMO Workshop 2 – 09.00-09.30
  • ECMO Workshop 3 – 09.30-10.00
  • ECMO Workshop 4 – 10.00-10.30
  • Workshop EACTA Masterclass on Transfusion and Haemostasis
  • CPB Simulation Course – CPB part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 09.00-12.00
  • CPB Simulation Course – ECMO & VAD part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 13.00-16.00


Friday 21 April

  • Hands-on Workshop on Thoracic Anaesthesia – 08.30-11.00
  • Perfusion Masterclass I – 08.30-10.30
  • Perfusion Masterclass II – 11.00-13.00
  • CPB Simulation Course – CPB part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 08.00-11.00
  • CPB Simulation Course – ECMO & VAD part – taking place at the German Heart Center – 13.00-16.00

Wednesday, 19 April - 18:00-19:30

Welcome Reception at the Congress Venue

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

Thursday, 20 April – 19.30-24.00

Congress Dinner at Zwingli Church

A memorable highlight of the Congress will be the Congress Dinner. It will provide the ideal opportunity to mingle and meet other colleagues.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Price € 100 including a three-course buffet with wine and coffee. After 21.30 drinks are on your own expense.

Wednesday, 19 April, 13:30-14:30 - Abbott Point of Care Division

ACT testing -When there’s no room for doubt

Chair: Prof. Florian Falter (UK)

  • Can we bring the lab to the OR? -  Dr. Evelien Kemna (Nederland)
  • ACT 2017 -  Dr. med. Daniel Dirkmann (Germany)
  • Time to ACT? -  Prof. Florian Falter (UK)


Wednesday, 19 April, 13:30-14:30 - Edwards Lifesciences

PAC Technology – Past, Present and Future

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Steffen Rex (Leuven, Belgium)

  • “The role of oxygen delivery and consumption for the outcome of high risk surgical patients – Shoemaker’s theorem revisited”
    Prof. Dr. Michael Sander (Berlin, Germany)
  • “Diagnosis of right ventricular failure and RV outflow tract obstruction with the PAC”
    Prof. Dr. André Denault (Montreal, Canada)
  • “The PAC in 2017 – new clinical data on its safety and efficacy in cardiac surgery”
    Dr. Andy Shaw (Nashville, USA)


Thursday, 20 April, 13:30-14:30 - Medtronic


  • “Enhanced Recovery Pathway: New Model for Perioperative Health Care”
    Speaker: TJ Gan, M.D. (USA)
  • “Goal Directed Perfusion Trial”
    Speaker: Dott. Tommaso Aloisio, (Italy)
  • “The Importance of NIRS and the Differences in Algorithm to Optimize Patient Outcomes”
    Speaker: Prof. Julien Amour, (France)


Thursday, 20 April, 13:30-14:30 - Orion Corp.

Pre-, Peri-, and Post-operative use of levosimendan: the LEVO-CTS, CHEETAH and LICORN trials in the eye of clinical practice

Chairs: Matthias Heringlake (Germany), Fabio Guarracino (Italy), Sven-Erik Ricksten (Sweden)

Levosimendan, a cardioprotective inodilator, was developed as a treatment for acute heart failure and is used. In this symposium, the investigators of three recent clinical trials on levosimendan in the cardiac surgery settings will describe and discuss their results. Prof.Cholley (Paris, France) will present the LICORN trial of peri-operative use of levosimendan, Prof. Landoni (Milan, Italy) the CHEETAH trial of post-operative use of levosimendan, and Prof. Heringlake (Lübeck, Germany) the LEVO-CTS trial on pre-operative use of levosimendan. Prof. Guarracino (Pisa, Italy) and Ricksten (Gotenburg, Sweden) will join the discussion in a final panel debate.


Friday, 21 April, 13:30-14:30 - CSL Behring

Bleeding: a challenge in cardiovascular surgery

Chairs: Donat Spahn (Switzerland), Kai Zacharowski (Germany)

  • Strategies to treat bleeding - Marco Ranucci (Italy)
  • Haemostatic therapy in cardiac surgery - Arno Nierich (Netherlands)
  • Management of bleeding in patients on ECMO - Dirk Lunz (Germany)


Friday, 21 April, 13:30 - 14:30 Nordic Pharma


Chair: Prof. Christian von Heymann (Germany)

  • Aprotinin clinical evidences: do we really need it? Prof. Christian von Heymann (Germany)
  • An unprecedented come back! Dr. David Royston (United Kingdom)
  • Aprotinin today: sharing of experience Prof. Jan Van der Linden (Sweden)

The next EACVI-EACTA exam in TOE will take place in Berlin, Germany, during the 32nd Annual EACTA Congress.

Thursday April 20 from 07:00 to 12:30.

Registration is now open.


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

For more information, please visit the TOE exam webpage.
Registration Conditions can be found here.

Start of the 32nd EACTA Annual Congress 19.04.2017
End of the 32nd EACTA Annual Congress 21.04.2017


Deadline for: Date
Abstract Submission 30.11.2016
Letter of Acceptance, extended 16.01.2017
Early Registration Fee Annual Congress 31.01.2017
Normal Registration Fee Annual Congress 15.03.2017


Further Important Events Date
Representative Council Meeting with Directory Board 18.04.2017
Subspecialty Committee Chairs Meeting with Directory Board 18.04.2017

Click here to register

Registration fees in Euro:  Early fee
Until 31 January 
Normal fee
Until 15 March 
Late fee
From 16 March
Annual Congress – Member 575 675 725
Annual Congress - Non-member 675  775 825
Annual Congress - EACTA Officer 375 425 475
Annual Congress –
Trainee/ Perfusionist/ nurse 1)
325 375 425
One day - Member 275 275 275
One day – Non-member 325 325 325
Workshops and Courses 2) 50 50 50
Congress Dinner 100 100 100
Welcome reception – included
in registration – extra tickets available
25 25 25

1) Anaesthesiologists in training are required to send a copy of their degree certificate to EACTA
2) 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

Delegates’ registration includes:
• Badge and congress documents
• Participation in the Scientific Programme (workshops and courses available at additional fee)
• Access to the exhibition and poster area
• Lunch and coffee breaks
• Welcome Reception

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy and processing of personal data

Full cancellation of your participation must be emailed to the EACTA 2017 Congress Secretariat - MCI Nordics at confirmation@mci-group.com. Amendments should be made via the Portal if you have created a Portal account, if not, please notify the Congress Secretariat by email.

Registration fees:
• Until 31 January 2017 – Full refund less a € 100 administration fee
• After 31 January 2017 – No refunds

Congress Dinner:
• Until 31 January 2017 – Full refund
• After 31 January 2017 – No refunds

Workshops and Courses:
• Until 31 January 2017 – Full refund
• After 31 January 2017 – No refunds

Collection of personal data
Your personal data will be kept also after the conduct of the congress, for statistical purposes and for the possible dispatch of information on future congresses within the relevant field. Your personal data may also be published in a list of participants, to be distributed to the congress participants. The information may also be distributed to certain companies and associations, operating in the relevant field, for possible distribution of information and offers directly from them.

Visa and Official Letter of Invitation
Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. We suggest that you contact your local German Embassy or Consulate for instructions on visa regulations and application procedures. The participant is responsible for obtaining a visa if necessary. Official letter of invitation can be requested when registering. Please note that the letter of invitation will not be send before the participant have registered and paid the registration fee.

If you want to sponsor or have an exhibition at the 32nd EACTA Annual Congress 2017, please find more information in the EACTA 2017 Partnership Opportunities

Floor plan is on the way.
The Exhibition Manual is on the way.

Exhibition Order Sheet

Exhibition Terms

Label for Boxes

Mona Ibsgaard,
MCI Copenhagen A/S
Strandvejen 171
2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen
Tel: +45 3946 0502,
e-mail: eacta@mci-group.com

Please find the EACTA 2017 abstracts here

Abstract submission is now closed.

 Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 30 November, 2016
Abstract notifications: Tuesday, 10 January 2017


  • Abstracts must be written in English. Use British spelling, e.g. anaesthesia, oesophagus, crystalloid. However, you can easily eliminate many typing errors and misspelling by using the spell- check feature of your word processing software.
  • The title field must only include the title of your abstract. The maximum characters allowed including spacing is 100 characters or 20 words.
  • The maximum length for the abstract body is 2800 characters (including spaces, one figure or one table) or 450 words.
  • The text of abstracts must include the sections:

      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

  • The preferred font is Arial 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.
  • 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 must be in black-and-white.
  • You may use one but not more than three relevant references, numbered in brackets 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.


Abstract Evaluation Criteria
Each abstract will be assessed by at least three reviewers, according to the following scoring grid:

  • Scientific relevance
  • Methodology
  • Clear language - poor English will be sent out for revision
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