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Join us at ESPCOP sessions!


Big on Safety: Key safety recommendations in anaesthesia for the morbidly obese.

Symposium organized by The European Society for Peri-Operative Care of the Obese Patient (ESPCOP)
Sunday 31 May , 16:00-17:30


Postgraduate Course in Respiration

Postgraduate Course on Principles and Practice of Anaesthesia for Bariatric Surgery

Saturday 30 May 2015, 10.00 - 12.00


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

When, why and how using opioid sparing or opioid free anaesthesia in morbidly obese patients?

Preliminary Program
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ISPCOP symposium Monday, October 26th in San Diego, CA (Location will be announced shortly)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Paolo Pelosi on the conference: "Protective Mechanical Ventilation and Postoperative Outcome in Morbidly Obese - an ongoing trial"

Preregistration at

Call for abstract will be announced on July 1st

IARS has announced the process for white paper submissions. 

ISPCOP did participate on IARS meeting in 2015 and are looking to submit a higher number official proposals. 

Please direct them to by Friday 29th May


Obesity Week   2-7 November 2015, Los Angeles, CA 

ISPCOP most likely will be present with a panel at Obesity Week, 
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News from SOBAuk

Another sell out meeting !

SOBA held another of the ever popular ' Key Issues ' meetings at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The day focussed on a wide array of issues related to anaesthesia for morbidly obese and bariatric patients with lots of short talks.
What was novel was the interactive media stream  running alongside the talks allowing delegates the opportunity to ask 
real-time questions and interact with the speakers and other delegates. For the first time ever, the speakers continued to answer questions submitted for another week afterwards! Delegates were sent a summary presentation to deliver back at their own departments. The high points were definitely talks on the ideal analgesic and anaesthetic techniques for obesity. 

Key Issues Day, seen  through  ESPCOP  President eyes- Prof Luc de Baerdemaeker

“On Wednesday 6th of May 2015, the SOBA key issues meeting on anaesthesia for the morbidly obese patients was held at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Coming from the continent and arriving by train at the St.-Pancras station, this beautiful venue is a short 15 minutes walk and easily reached. 
The great value of this meeting is that it offers the attendees  a quick resumé of the fundamentals of obesity and anaesthesia. New to me was the e-materials service at the venue, which allow you to log onto a site, from which you could download pdf summaries of all the lectures, rate talks and speakers, and even give comment during each session (a "tweet wall” running in real time with real time answers)
Important to mention is that SOBA and ESPCOP will host this key issues session on the Friday before the London ESA meeting 2016 (EXCEL int. exhibiton centre). “

Prof. Luc de Baerdemaeker  gave a   lecture about  “The Ideal Anaesthetic Technique ?” in morbidly obese…



News From Elsewhere

Obesity anaesthesia sessions were very well received   at the 41 st Congress of Romanian Society for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI) 

One week ago, in  the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, near the famous Count Dracula’s Castle,  the  SRATI Romanian  Congress was held with a participation of more than 1500  anaesthetists and a prestigious International Faculty from Europe and United States.
For the first time at this Congress,the ESPCOP board: Prof. Dr. Luc de Baerdemaeker , Dr Michael Margarson and Prof. Dr. Jan Mulier were the protagonists of  two anaesthetic sessions dedicated to morbidly obese anaesthesia “Obesity Anaesthesia – a Big Problem for us all“ and “ Obese Airway Management” followed by a hands –on Airway Workshop.
More than 100 Romanian Anaesthetists actively participated to the se two very interactive sessions focussed  specifically on morbidly obese anaesthetic management...


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