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.

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.

The role of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in clinical anaesthesia practice

Purpose of review: Growing concerns about the environmental effects of volatile anaesthetics are likely to lead to increased use of intravenous anaesthetic drugs. Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) models can increase the accuracy of intravenous drug titration, especially in populations that differ from the 'average.' However, with a growing number of PKPD models, and other technology available to date, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. This review attempts to guide the reader through the PKPD jungle.

Reconfiguring the scope and practice of regional anesthesia in a pandemic: the COVID-19 perspective

The COVID-19 outbreak is on the world. While many countries have imposed general lockdown, emergency services are continuing. Healthcare professionals have been infected with the virulent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS), which spreads by close contact and aerosols. The anesthesiologist is particularly vulnerable to aerosols while performing intubation and other airway related procedures. Regional anesthesia (RA) minimizes the need for airway manipulation and the risks of cross infection to other patients, and the healthcare personnel.

PROSPECT guideline for hallux valgus repair surgery: a systematic review and procedure‐specific postoperative pain management recommendations

Hallux valgus repair is associated with moderate-to-severe postoperative pain. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the available literature and develop recommendations for optimal pain management after hallux valgus repair. A systematic review using PROcedure SPECific Postoperative Pain ManagemenT (PROSPECT) methodology was undertaken.

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