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This year at the annual congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO 2015) there is a new learning track: ESPCOP and SOBA have joined forces to organize two postgraduate courses  on safe practice in the perioperative care of the morbidly obese patient.
Word of Welcome from the Course Director Dr. Mike Margarson

“We are delighted to offer these new courses focusing on the medical and anaesthetic aspects of peri-operative care of the bariatric patient. This complements the surgical content of the IFSO meeting, and should be of interest to anaesthesiologists, intensivists and surgeons alike. For those who wish to only attend this part of the meeting, IFSO have waived the overall conference registration fee; so there is a special registration process, and  only a single charge of 180 Euros per course - so great value, and let your colleagues know." 

Focus on Airway Management in the Obese patient (see programme)Saturday the 29th of August (half day)
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Join us  at ISPCOP's 4th Annual Symposium

ISPCOP 2015: Frontiers in Anesthesia and Obesity - October 26, 2015, San Diego

 Please join us for discussion, fellowship and refreshments  at the  W San Diego, Grand Room,  Monday, October 26th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, parallel to the ASA Meeting

 Submission Deadline Friday, September 4th, 2015

Abstracts presented at other meetings, including the ASA, are eligible.  The top abstracts will be awarded podium presentations. Author of the best abstract will be invited to give an oral presentation of his or her work and receive the 2015 ISPCOP Research Award.
Another ESPCOP session at the ESA, another packed room. The content focused on a wide range of issues related to anaesthesia for morbidly obese and bariatric patients.
This year’s session was the biggest ever with 600 delegates attending sessions on the theme “Big on Safety: Key safety recommendations in anaesthesia for the morbidly obese.” There was a facility to obtain pdfs of all talks given this years ESA - All five of these presentations were in the most-downloaded top twelve of the entire meeting..

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ISPCOP  - Level 2 partner of Obesity Week


“Keep Your Patients Safe – Key Issues in Adult and Pediatric Bariatric Anesthesia” 

Three conferences will be given on 90 minutes, initially scheduled on Wednesday, November 4th at 4:15pm on the following topics: Non-invasive ventilation for patients with hypoventilation syndrome, asthma risks in obese children and preoperative opioid-sparing techniques.


IARS Meeting -   May 21-24, 2016 - San Francisco CA

For next year's IARS meeting, to be held in San Francisco, ISPCOP submitted proposals for presentation of three panels and three PBLD's. 
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Winter Meeting
10th & 11th December 2015

After such beautiful weather recently it is hard to think about the cold days of December. However, the SOBA committee have been hard at work planning another great winter meeting. The two day meeting will follow the popular formula of an interactive training day (The Key Issues) followed by a day of scientific lectures and topical debate. There will also be the opportunity for poster and oral presentations.

New Guideline Released

SOBA is proud to announce the release of their updated guideline:
A joint work with the publishing board and members of the AAGBI, the Guideline has been published in Anaesthesia 
Soon to be available using the AAGBI App
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Save the date !

6th ESPCOP Meeting-Bruges,December 18-19th 2015

When, why and how to use opioid sparing or opioid free anaesthesia in morbidly obese patients.  

Polish Bariatric Anaesthesia Update

Tomasz Gaszynski

Since 2002 there has been a Polish website on bariatric anaesthesia where visitors can read results of research and how to manage obese patients in clinical anaesthetic practice presented as ‘FAQ’s’.
I have been organising clinical courses on bariatric anaesthesia since 2007. Participants attend lectures and also clinical classes in the operating theatre, where they can observe in real time how to anaesthetise morbidly obese patients. During the course we present modern techniques including new airway management devices and drugs, for example the OFA concept. Courses are under the auspices of Polish Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy and are regarded as official postgraduate training. We have had over 300 graduates so far!

At every Polish Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy conference, there is a lecture on updates in bariatric anaesthesia. During anaesthetic specialist training there is an obligatory 4 hours theoretical course on bariatric anaesthesia.
Currently we are involved in the PROBESE study.

Interesting Papers Review

Luc de Baerdemaeker

Development of a pharmacokinetic model of dexmedetomedine for TCI using allometric scaling.

This research group from the Netherlands developed a pharmacokinetic model for dexmedetomidine, which was used for TCI administration in healthy volunteers. The model was derived from a population with a wide range of ages, weights and drug concentrations.Their model uses allometric scaling where volumes scale linearly and clearances scale to the  ¾ power exponent of the body size descriptor (total body weight). The model proved to be reasonably accurate in the early-phase front-end kinetics, whilst maintaining the simplicity of a standard three-compartment model for easier use in TCI. Before implementation, this model should be validated prospectively to assess the performance in a patient population.
Laura N. Hannivoort et al, Anesthesiology 2015; 123:E-ahead publication

Controversies in Perioperative Anesthetic Management of the Morbidly Obese: I Am a Surgeon, Why Should I Care?
 This review article discusses issues like patient positioning, postoperative analgesia, the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilation on surgical anastomoses and established predictors of higher perioperative risk. The authors deliver suggestions on  possible management strategies and concerns of obese patients undergoing same day procedures. Finally, some aspects of the altered pharmacokinetics in these patients are presented.
 Ashish C. Sinha & Preet Mohinder Singh OBES SURG (2015) 25:879–887

Newsletter Editor feedback and suggestion are very welcome!

Newsletter Editor : Daniela Godoroja 
Newsletter Editor SOBA-UK: Abigail Hine
Newsletter Editor ISPCOP: David Torres
Newsletter Language Editor: Mike Margarson