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.

COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is an exceptional crisis in every aspect.

The BAT has been informed of situations where specialist candidates of other disciplines have been forced into technical unemployment by their local department heads, currently residents in anesthesia have not been exposed to this.

The status of the resident is a hybrid Sui Generis state which does not give access to unemployment benefits as described in the labour law for employees in Belgium. This would lead to critical situations where those medical providers find themselves without ANY income.

The BAT wishes to support the initiative led by the VASO to alarm the academic, political and professional world to correct this situation as soon as possible. The BAT will support and take notice of any anesthesia resident who encounters this situation and will adress this matter. Also the professional and scientific society have given their full support to condemn this practice and will provide a strong statement to support us!

Our country claims to mobilize all the necessary forces to take full responsibility for the unprecedented tragedy we are currently experiencing. An inconsistency such as the suspension of all salaries to doctors in training must be fought in the most vigorous way!

Wishing you all the best! The BAT board

Learning from the law. A review of 21 years of litigation for nerve injury following central neuraxial blockade in obstetrics.

Medicolegal claims for neurological injury following the use of central neuraxial blockade in childbirth represent the second most common claim against obstetric anaesthetists. We present an analysis of 55 cases from a database of 368 obstetric anaesthetic claims. Common themes that emerge from the analysis include: consent; nature of nerve injury (non-anaesthetic; direct; chemical; compressive); recognition; and management.

Obstetric anesthesia management of the patient with cardiac disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal mortality in much of the developed world. Risk stratification models can predict which patients are at greatest risk for maternal or fetal morbidity or mortality. Particular cardiac diseases hold significant risk of mortality during pregnancy including pulmonary hypertension, aortic aneurysm, left-ventricular outflow tract obstruction, and severe cardiomyopathy. High-risk patients should deliver at high-resource hospitals under the care of experts in cardiology, obstetrics, perinatology, neonatology and anesthesiology.

Atrial Fibrillation: Current Evidence and Management Strategies During the Perioperative Period.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in the perioperative period. Previously considered a benign and self-limited entity, recent data suggest that perioperative AF is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality and may predict long-term AF and stroke risk in some patients. Despite known risk factors, AF remains largely unpredictable, especially after noncardiac surgery.

Difficult Airway Society guidelines for awake tracheal intubation (ATI) in adults.

Awake tracheal intubation has a high success rate and a favourable safety profile but is underused in cases of anticipated difficult airway management. These guidelines are a comprehensive document to support decision making, preparation and practical performance of awake tracheal intubation. We performed a systematic review of the literature seeking all of the available evidence for each element of awake tracheal intubation in order to make recommendations. In the absence of high-quality evidence, expert consensus and a Delphi study were used to formulate recommendations.

Perioperative blood pressure in the elderly.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemodynamic instability is common in the perioperative period because of obligate physiologic changes that occur with surgery. Despite the frequency of such hemodynamic changes and the potential harm associated with them, particularly in the elderly, guidelines to optimize perioperative blood pressure are lacking. The present review examines recent evidence for perioperative blood pressure management in the elderly.

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