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Western Anaesthesia Symposium 2018

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Register to the meeting online through this website for the best registration rates

Contact the Hotel by telephone (098-28600) for special event rates.

'The Clinically Relevant Meeting'. Now in it's 39th year, the Western Anaesthesia Symposium explores a range of anaesthesia and intensive care topics using lectures, 'quick-fire talks' and the legendary Soap-box session.

Approved for 11 CME points (CAI)

Western Anaesthesia Symposium 2018

Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo

April 27/28

To get the best room rates, contact the hotel by telephone: 098-28600 and specify that your are attending the meeting.

Abstracts for Case presentation competition to: michael.scully@nuigalway.ie. Please title e-mails WAS abstract


14:30 – 15:30 Clinical Forum Patrick Neligan and Leo Kevin

A case-based discussion highlighting recent trends and key publications in anaesthesia and intensive care

16:00 – 17:10 Quick-fire talks: Is your ICU practice up to date?

Setting PEEP at the bedside Giacomo Bellani

Recruitment maneuvers: how and when John Laffey

How much fluids in septic shock? John Bates

How I choose pressors and inotropes Michael Scully

Early feeding – is it beneficial or harmful? Jan Steiner

17:10 – 17:30 Coffee Break / Trade exhibition

17:30 – 18:40 Quick-fire talks: Is your Anaesthesia practice up to date?

The surgeon is worried about compartment syndrome - is a regional block really contraindicated? Brian Kinirons

My laparotomy cannot have an epidural John McDonnell

Using dexmedetomidine in children Teresa Skelton

The resistant post-dural puncture headache Joey Costello

Syndromes with difficult airways Dan Farrar

19:30 Complimentary buffet supper


08:00 – 09:00 O’Beirne-Costello medal (Trainee Case presentations)

09:30 – 11:00 Scientific session

Transfusion in paediatric practice Teresa Skelton

Spontaneous breathing during assisted ventilation: Pros and Cons Giacomo Bellani

Sepsis: where will we be in 20 years? John Laffey

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break / Trade exhibition

11:30 – 12:30 Scientific session

Identifying, diagnosing and treating anaemia in the preoperative clinic Andrew Klein

Playing nicely in the sandbox Neil Spencely

12:30 – 13:00 The Western Symposium soap-box

Surgical safety initiatives: some are good, some aren’t! Dan Farrar

Root cause analysis after critical incidents: such a waste of time and money! Neil Spenceley

“I’m concerned that the family will sue me”, and other pathetic reasons for ICU admission Patrick Neligan

Lunch 13:30

2:30 – 4:00

“Get with the Guidelines!”

Case-based talks illustrating key practice points in recent guidelines

I can’t intubate my G.A. caesarian section case!! Mark Ross

My surgical patient is bleeding – a lot! Products, fibrinogen, tranexamic acid - or just give them everything? Michelle Duggan

I have started resuscitation of my patient with septic shock using fluids and pressors according to ’Surviving Sepsis’. What am I meant to do next? John Bates

My patient for hip replacement is on dabigatran and clopidogrel for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with stroke. How do I tee her up for a safe spinal anaesthetic? Roisin Nee

My head injury patient is an organ donation candidate Emer Curran

20:00 Saturday dinner La Fougere Restaraunt, Knockranny House Hotel

Social events:

Climb the Reek, Saturday 2:30

Golf, Westport Golf Club (Saturday afternoon)

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