Min­istry hosts 7th anes­the­sia and crit­i­cal care con­fer­ence

‘World now cares more about events be­fore, af­ter surgery’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar

KUWAIT: The Kuwait coun­cil of anes­the­sia, crit­i­cal care and pain man­age­ment and the health min­istry or­ga­nized the 7th anes­the­sia and crit­i­cal care con­fer­ence at Court­yard Mar­riott. The an­nual meet­ing gath­ered del­e­gates from all gov­ern­ment and pri­vate health in­sti­tu­tions in Kuwait and the re­gion. “What is dis­tin­guished about the con­fer­ence is that it is the first con­fer­ence of its kind that fo­cuses on heart pa­tients, and the evo­lu­tion of in­ter­nal medicine for the heart and heart surg­eries,” said Dr Ab­dul­ra­heem Al-Qat­tan, head of the coun­cil of anes­the­sia, crit­i­cal care and pain man­age­ment.

Qat­tan pointed out that cur­rent de­vel­op­ments have made the world be­gin to pay at­ten­tion to the role of the anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and to care more about events be­fore and af­ter surgery. “There will be many work­shops and a sim­u­la­tion sys­tem that al­lows doc­tors to prac­tice sev­eral surg­eries in a safe way and han­dle dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

Dr Huda Al-Foudri, chair­per­son of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and head of de­part­ment of anes­the­sia, crit­i­cal care and pain man­age­ment, noted that many years ago there was a big risk for pa­tients dur­ing car­diac anes­the­sia, but with changes and de­vel­op­ments, it has be­come less risky. “We are fac­ing more and more car­diac pa­tients choos­ing elec­tive surgery, whether in pe­di­atrics, ob­stet­rics or gen­eral surgery, a num­ber of whom would have been re­fused surgery in the past due to the high risk they may be sub­jected to. Im­proved as­sess­ment and op­ti­miza­tion of car­diac pa­tients, in­tra­op­er­a­tive car­diac mon­i­tor­ing and post-op­er­a­tive care in the crit­i­cal care unit are all fac­tors that have led to the re­duc­tion of pe­ri­op­er­a­tive risks of these pa­tients and there­fore im­proved pa­tient care and safety,” she said.

Live demon­stra­tion

Foudri added there would be a live sur­gi­cal demon­stra­tion to show how doc­tors are deal­ing with med­i­cal con­di­tions. “The pa­tient doll used by the sim­u­la­tion sys­tem will show the au­di­ence how doc­tors treat pa­tients, es­pe­cially rare patho­log­i­cal cases. The use of the sim­u­la­tion sys­tem helps doc­tors de­velop their skills and up­date them on the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific de­vel­op­ments,” she ex­plained.

She added that this con­fer­ence is a great op­por­tu­nity to share knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences with ex­perts from dif­fer­ent parts of the world, in ad­di­tion to ac­quir­ing a va­ri­ety of skills through the hands-on work­shops pre­ced­ing the con­fer­ence. It will also be a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the lat­est, state-of-the-art med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts at the con­fer­ence’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

The theme of the con­fer­ence this year is anes­thetic and crit­i­cal care man­age­ment of the car­diac pa­tient. The ad­vance­ment in anes­the­sia and crit­i­cal care man­age­ment of car­diac pa­tients due to in­creased ex­pe­ri­ence and im­proved tech­nolo­gies has led to more car­diac pa­tients be­ing en­coun­tered in daily prac­tice, with im­proved out­come be­ing the ul­ti­mate tar­get.

A gen­eral view of the au­di­ence.

— Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: A group photo of of­fi­cials and par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence.

Dr Ziad Al-Alyan, Gen­eral Man­ager of Cen­tral Cir­cle Com­pany (left) is pic­tured with of­fi­cials at the con­fer­ence.

Health min­istry of­fi­cials lis­ten to a demon­stra­tion at the Cen­tral Cir­cle Com­pany’s booth.

Of­fi­cials and par­tic­i­pants pose for a group photo in front of the Cen­tral Cir­cle Com­pany’s booth.

Health min­istry of­fi­cials visit the Cen­tral Cir­cle Com­pany’s booth at the con­fer­ence.

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