Autumn Scientific Meeting 2016 Review

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2015 Autumn Scientific ConferenceReview from our Autumn Scientific Meeting, 12th March 2016.

Once again, we joined with our medical Consultant colleagues from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) to have another successful meeting at the University Club of Western Australia. The sessions were opened by the President of the ASA, Dr. Lip Yang Ng who welcomed us all to the venue.

The first speaker was the world renowned Professor of Obstetric and Gynaecology Anaesthesia, Professor Michael Paech, from King Edward Memorial Hospital. This talk was entitled 'Rapid Sequence Induction for GA Caesarean Section – time to change'. As always, Professor Paech made this controversial subject interesting, and challenged whether every GA section should be a rapid sequence induction.

We then went on to Dr. Andrew Heard from Royal Perth Hospital who is an International Airway Specialist, as well as advising our local Research Fellows on airway management and techniques. Dr. Heard introduced us to different pathways to avoid the scenarios of Cant Intubate Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) in his talk 'CICO, can we avoid it?'

The AOTP outgoing President Linda Long, and Vice President Roy Wyatt, both spoke to members regarding the future of AOTP, importance of maintaining local membership and encouraged members to stand for the new Committee. Following the usual high standard of hospitality and food displayed by UWA catering staff, we were also able to view an array of anaesthesia equipment and consumables.

The trade display at the ASA is always enlightening with so many health care companies represented. It gave us the opportunity to learn about, and explore new techniques and equipment that are available, with the experts there to demonstrate their use in patient care.

Following lunch the theme changed slightly with Dr. Roger Browning presenting 'Fibrinogen in Major Haemorrhage' This presentation not only gave us an insight into the use of Fibrinogen in catastrophic haemorrhage cases, but also to gain a better understanding of interpretation of the Rotem. Cheryl Dane Stewart, the medical representative from Medtronic continued with this theme and gave a stimulating talk on the use of Intra-operative Cell Salvage.

In the afternoon there were workshops on a variety of subjects, allowing attendees to gain some valuable small group professional development and 'hands on' experience. We were fortunate enough to have the representative from Sonosite, Michael O'Hara, demonstrate some 'real time' ultrasounds and explain functions of the new technology rapidly gaining favour in our anaesthetic rooms/theatres.

Cheryl Dane Stewart from Medtronic, also gave participants further information on Cell Salvage and demonstrated the use of their compact and efficient cell salvage machine, the Autolog. Health Supply Technologies, and Mr. Greg Kelly demonstrated and allowed 'hands on' operation of the ambu flexible video-scope, a cost effective and disposable system for difficult intubation scenarios.

Roy Wyatt, Anaesthesia Technician Manager at Royal Perth Hospital demonstrated cricothyroidectomy and this always proves an extremely popular workshop. This is a scenario that should we be involved in, familiarity with the equipment and technique could be invaluable in saving a life. This is an opportunity not to be missed. It is for the experienced qualified technician, or those just embarking on this career path.

If you didn’t make it to this informative day, and missed out on valuable CPD (continuing professional development) towards your performance appraisal, AOTP is already planning next years' meetings so be sure to check into the website and save the date.

AOTP are currently also planning a members only portal, where if you are unable to attend, you will be able to access the presentations (speakers permission pending).