Articles  |   February 2014
Announcement and Call for Abstracts: 2014 Annual Journal Symposium
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  • James C. Eisenach, M.D.
    Editor-in-Chief, Anesthesiology
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Infectious Disease / Respiratory System / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   February 2014
Announcement and Call for Abstracts: 2014 Annual Journal Symposium
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 30.
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 30.
ASA and its journal, Anesthesiology®, announce the 23rd annual Journal Symposium to be held at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, October 14, 2014, in New Orleans. The 2014 Journal Symposium will highlight up-and-coming and noteworthy concepts in anesthesia research and clinical practice. The title of the 2014 Journal Symposium is “How to Mechanically Ventilate Patients in the Operating Room in 2014” and will feature the following moderators and speakers:
Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, M.D., Anesthetist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital, Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor, Harvard Medical School; and, Jean-Francois Pittet, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, University of Alabama, Birmingham.
There are increasing data documenting improved outcomes in surgical patients without pre-existing lung injury who are ventilated with protective ventilatory strategies. In a recent meta-analysis, patients without acute respiratory distress syndrome receiving lower tidal volumes had a significantly lower incidence of pulmonary infection, hospital length of stay, lung injury and mortality.1  Intraoperative positive end-expiratory pressure settings could play a substantial role in preventing those postoperative complications.2  Data are still conflicting on the role of intraoperative FIO2 on surgical site infection.3  Should all patients be ventilated with lower tidal volume, higher PEEP and lower FIO2? Should intraoperative tidal volume and plateau pressure become quality measures? How should anesthesiologists individualize mechanical ventilation in an increasingly complex patient population?
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