MEMA 2019’s focus on perioperative care of high-risk surgical patients is in line with the proper recognition of the complexity of care of such patients from admission till discharge. The current practice of perioperative and critical care medicine is increasingly characterized by high-risk patients with advanced age and co-morbidities for an ever-growing spectrum of surgical interventions in and out of the operating rooms and the increase in preparedness of dealing with high-risk surgical patients along with the advancement in technology.
Why Perioperative Care of High-Risk Surgical Patients? Simply because it involves preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care. Preoperative care presents accurate and timely preoperative identification of high-risk surgical patients and widens the scope of opportunities to better inform these patients about expected risks. Preoperative assessment will dictate special preoperative optimization of the patient’s condition and special intraoperative care. Intraoperative care will require special anesthesia monitoring and special types of anesthesia. Surgical intraoperative care may also be modified to accommodate for the high-risk condition. Different operations may be performed such as minimally invasive, endovascular or hybrid.
Furthermore, there are operations that are themselves very high-risk even in someone who is not a high-risk patient and these require special approaches by the surgeons and anesthesiologists to be able to navigate through the risks. Finally, sophisticated postoperative care is imperative to make sure all the hard efforts placed preoperatively and intraoperatively are not gone to waste and that the patient is well managed to make sure his /her system recovers from the stress of the surgery.
MEMA 2019, as such, presents itself as a succinct, problem-oriented source of practical information, based on current best evidence and content-expert experience of leading clinicians in various topics including preoperative optimization, intraoperative monitoring and advances for safe anesthetic care, and intraoperative surgical techniques to address high-risk surgical patients and intraoperative high-risk surgeries. It also provides full spectrum of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of high-risk surgical patients to ensure advanced postoperative intensive care and long term care and superior outcomes based on new techniques such as those that are minimally invasive and hybrid. Perioperative care guides the multidisciplinary team involved to optimize the chances for better informed decisions related to further selective referrals to medical specialists before surgery, further specialized preoperative investigations, and preoperative interventions initiatives that are intended to decrease perioperative risk and arrange for appropriate levels of postoperative care.
At the end of this congress, participants will be able to:
• Discuss definitions and risk scoring systems of the high-risk surgical patients
• Discuss preoperative assessment methodologies and risk reduction strategies encompassing a wide spectrum of medical specialties
• Discuss team dynamics and preparedness for optimal perioperative care of the high-risk patient
• Describe perioperative dilemmas and discuss decision-making strategies
• Describe perioperative crisis scenarios and discuss multidisciplinary approaches
• Discuss new surgical and anesthesia techniques, as well as new technical advancements in the perioperative field
This annual scientific meeting has been designed for local, regional and international health providers. All medical specialties such as Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Hematology / Oncology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine and Subspecialties, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychology / Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology / Immunology, Surgery, as well as Allied Health Professionals, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Dieticians, Physician Assistants, Professors, Rehabilitation staff, Residents/Fellows, and students will benefit from this diverse program.