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The BELGIAN ANESTHESIA TRAINEES (BAT) is an independent organisation that represents the interests of the Belgian anesthesia trainees in different institutions on different levels. All BAT members act voluntarily and without financial compensation to improve the position of Belgian anesthesia trainees by elaborating the BAT vision points and adhering to the BAT aims.

Guideline on anaesthesia and sedation in breastfeeding women 2020: Guideline from the Association of Anaesthetists

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for the mother and infant. Women who are breastfeeding may require anaesthesia or sedation. Concerns regarding the passage of drugs into breast milk may lead to inconsistent advice from professionals. This can sometimes result in the interruption of feeding for 24 hours or longer after anaesthesia, or expressing and discarding ('pumping and dumping') breast milk; this may contribute to early cessation of breastfeeding. However, there are data regarding the transfer of most anaesthetic drugs into breast milk.

BAT elections - Call for candidates

Dear members,

The board of the BAT (Belgian Anesthesia Trainees) is opening the call for candidates for the next mandate 2020-2022.

The BAT The aim of the BAT association is to provide support to all anesthesia trainees in Belgium: - to provide the best possible guidance in their training, - to provide a central point of contact, - to guarantee quality training, - to represent the anesthesia trainees of Belgium within the various relevant associations, both national and international, - to provide additional training, - to connect with each other and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and internships and scientific research.

Every Belgian anesthesia trainee can join our organization for free. You can find more information on our website, https://www.bat-anesthesia.be.

The board

The board consists of 14 members elected by the general meeting for a period of two years. The voting procedure for the functions of President and Vice-President is exclusively electronic. The other 12 board members are directly elected during the general meeting.

The members of the board whose mandate expires can stand for re-election. Only active anesthesia trainees can apply for a position on the board. A board member takes an active role in our association and in the various task forces. Some board members represent our association at national and international associations (SARB, ESRA,…).

In order to obtain a balanced representation of all Belgian universities, we aim for one or two representatives per university on the board. They represent the BAT within their university and defend our interests. They are the person of contact for the members of the BAT.

Specific BAT candidates

· President The president is responsible for the overall management of the association. He coordinates the activities (performed by the board members) and the various task forces within the association. He is the person of contact for external partners and chairs the meetings. He represents the BAT and defends our interests in national and international societies. He performs a liason function with the industry for sponsoring.

· Vice-president The vice-president assists the president and replaces him in his absence. He takes an active role in the daily operation of the BAT. He actively participates in the various task forces.

· Secretary The secretary is responsible for the administration of the BAT and administrative support for the president. The secretary coordinates the communication with members, ... He is responsible for the meeting reports, the member list, the invitations to events, ...

· Webmaster The webmaster maintains the website: content and layout.

· Treasurer The treasurer is responsible for the association's financial administration. He updates the accounting (+ annual filing). He is the contact person of our association at the financial institutions.

More information about these mandates can be found on our website (statutes, house rules).

The candidates are required to send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae to info@bat-anesthesia.be before September 30, 2020.

Kind regards, The BAT board

Postoperative delirium: why, what, and how to confront it at your institution

Purpose of review: The current article reviews the importance of postoperative delirium (POD), focusing on the older surgical population, and summarizes the best-practice guidelines about POD prevention and treatment which have been published within the last several years. We also describe our local experience with implementing a perioperative delirium risk stratification and prevention pathway, and review implementation science principles which others may find useful as they move toward risk stratification and prevention in their own institutions.

Haematoma, abscess or meningitis after neuraxial anaesthesia in the USA and the Netherlands: A closed claims analysis

Background: Severe complications after neuraxial anaesthesia are rare but potentially devastating.

Objective: We aimed to identify characteristics and preventable causes of haematoma, abscess or meningitis after neuraxial anaesthesia.

Design: Observational study, closed claims analysis.

Setting: Closed anaesthesia malpractice claims from the USA and the Netherlands were examined from 2007 until 2017.

Call for candidates - Upcoming elections November 2020

Dear BAT members,

The board of the BAT (Belgian Anesthesia Trainees) is opening the call for candidates for the next mandate 2020-2022.

The aim of the BAT association is to provide support to all anesthesia trainees in Belgium: - to provide the best possible guidance in their training, - to provide a central point of contact, - to guarantee quality training, - to represent the anesthesia trainees of Belgium within the various relevant associations, both national and international, - to provide additional training, - to connect with each other and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and internships and scientific research.

Every Belgian anesthesia trainee can join our organization for free. You can find more information on our website, https://www.bat-anesthesia.be.

The board The board consists of 14 members elected by the general meeting for a period of two years. The voting procedure for the functions of President and Vice-President is exclusively electronic. The other 12 board members are directly elected during the general meeting. The members of the board whose mandate expires can stand for re-election. Only active anesthesia trainees can apply for a position on the board.

In order to obtain a balanced representation of all Belgian universities, we aim for two representatives per university on the board. More information about these mandates can be found on our website (statutes, house rules).

The candidates are required to send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae to info@bat-anesthesia.be before September 30, 2020. If you are interested in joining the BAT you can contact us!

Kind regards, The BAT board

Maternal morbidity: how to reduce it

Purpose of review Internationally there has been increased interest in maternal morbidity; both as a strategy to reduce maternal deaths and also because of the significant impact on a woman’s life as a result of suffering from maternal morbidity. The present review will evaluate the current knowledge of, and strategies to reduce maternal morbidity.

Noninvasive respiratory support in the hypoxaemic peri-operative/periprocedural patient: a joint ESA/ESICM guideline

Hypoxaemia is a potential life-threatening yet common complication in the peri-operative and periprocedural patient (e.g. during an invasive procedure at risk of deterioration of gas exchange, such as bronchoscopy). The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) developed guidelines for the use of noninvasive respiratory support techniques in the hypoxaemic patient in the peri-operative and periprocedural period.

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