News from our Member Societies (September - December 2017)
5th Congress of the Asian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care (ASNACC) held in Singapore
From 17th -19th August 2017, the 5th Congress of the Asian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care (ASNACC) was held in Singapore, in conjunction with the 20th annual General Scientific Meeting (GSM) of the Singapore Society of Anesthesiologists (SSA).
The biennial ASNACC Congress, Asia’s leading conference on neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care, provides a common platform for thought-leaders across diverse Asian countries to collaborate on improving care for the neurosurgical and neurologic patient population. The invited faculty included speakers from South Korea (Hae-kyu Kim, Jae-young Kwon and Hee-Pyoung Park); Indonesia (Tatang Bisri, Sri Rahardjo and Putu Pramana); India (Hari Dash, Dilip Kulkarni and Girija Rath); China, including Hong Kong (Han Ruquan and Matthew Chan); Japan (Kenji Yoshitani and Mishiya Matsumoto); Malaysia (Vanithan Sivanaser); Thailand (Phuping Akavipat); Philippines (Geraldine Jose) and Singapore (Thomas Lew, Kwek Tong Kiat, See Jee Jian, Mandy Lim, Beatrice Lim, Chong Shang Yee, Chong Chin Ted, Jensen Ng, Aaron Lee, Chen Xinying, Ng Wai Hoe). Professor Adrian Gelb (USA), Secretary of the WFSA and Professor Andrew Kofke (USA), immediate past President of Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) compiled the extensive list of the speaking faculty.
Building on the theme “A Meeting of Minds”, highlights of the scientific program included two plenary lectures entitled “Overturning Doctrines - Revisiting the Pressure Autoregulation Curve and Monroe-Kellie Doctrine” and “Myths in Anesthetic depth monitoring” as well as sessions focusing on areas such as Neurocritical Care – Controversies and Consensus; Awake Craniotomy; Neuroanesthesia – Improving Outcomes (Day 1) and Hemorrhagic Stroke; Pituitary and Neurovascular; Expert Panel Discussion (Day 2).
A record number of 378 delegates from 15 countries and territories attended. The congress received a total of 79 scientific abstracts for poster presentations. The top prizes for the Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical Care category were awarded to Dr Mohamad Hasyizan Hassan of Hospital Universiti Sains, Malaysia for the presentation on “Balanced Fluid Versus Saline-Based Fluid In Postoperative Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Acid-Base And Electrolytes Assessment”, and Dr Young-kwon Ko of Chungnam National Hospital on “Multiple Sevoflurane Exposures During Pregnancy Do Not Affect Memory And Synaptic Plasticity In Offspring Mice”.
Hospital Melaka Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Malaysia celebrated World Anaesthesia Day 2017
"The Count Me In! campaign was created to share the importance of human resources and anaesthetic providers for the care of patients in the Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit or wherever anaesthetic services are required. The Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department of Hospital Melaka championed the theme with an initiative to educate the public on the role of anaesthetic providers in the management of patients and the range of services we provide in a hospital.
To jump start the campaign this year, we held a “Count Me In!” fun walk. All categories of anaesthetic staff and their families participated on 29th October, 2017. At 07:30 children as young as 5 years old were seen enthusiastically cycling, and doctors and staff from the operating theatre as well as ICU were seen ardently stretching before embarking on the walk.
We decided on an Anaesthesia Week instead of an Anaesthesia Day, with the hope of reaching out to a greater percentage of the public. Celebrations started from the 30th October 2017 and continued until the 3rd November 2017. Our detailed posters went up in the main lobby of Hospital Melaka on the morning of the 30th October 2017. The posters illustrated our services from our role as pre-anaesthetic physicians, the varied anaesthetic techniques applied in our anaesthetic suite, our care for patients postoperatively either in the intensive care unit or under the acute pain service umbrella in the wards, our role during labour in the form of labour epidural, the provision of remote and day care anaesthesia and our chronic pain clinic services, to name a few.
Our Head of Department, Dr Zainal Abidin Bin Othman gave a very informative welcome address in the lobby of the hospital and mentioned how the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) had partnered with Member Societies across the WFSA Regional Sections to share the “Count Me In!” campaign with anaesthesia providers globally for increased awareness and support for scaling up human resources for anaesthesia."
Updates from the Korean Society of Anesthesiologists
The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) hosted five panel discussion meetings on the topic of “The Safety of Patients under Anaesthesia” in Cheongju, Incheon, Seoul, Daegu, and Busan, the five major cities in Korea. The purpose of these meetings was to inform the general public about the potential danger in patients receiving anaesthetic care from anaesthesia providers who have not been adequately trained. Journalists, public officials, and social organizations also participated in the panel discussions.
The KSA’s 2nd international meeting, “94th Annual Meeting of Korean Society of Anaesthesiologists” (KoreAnesthesia 2017) was held in the K-Hotel, Seoul, Korea, November 2 – 4, 2017. The catch phrase of KoreAnesthesia 2017 was “Beyond perioperative safety and quality, Anaesthesia for Surgical Home”. About 2,000 domestic and international attendees enjoyed the Scientific Program consisting of 8 refresher sessions, 43 anaesthesia-specialty sessions, and 10 workshops led by 40 foreign-invited faculty members.