December 2019


International Association for Ambulatory Surgery

Newsletter - IAAS Christmas Edition   
Number 2/19, December 2019   

It has been a rather busy year for IAAS. The Congress in Porto was clearly a highlight and the Local Organising Committee, led by Carlos Magalhães deserve our gratitude for raising the level of professionalism with the introduction of an IAAS App and the ability to offer voting choices during the presentations. I admit, as an IT novice, to being sceptical about going paper-free, but I am now converted! Long may it continue. But, let us not allow our enthusiasm for the App detract from the high quality presentations from our multidisciplinary members. I think we all learned something new!
The second major event of 2019 has been the SRSS (Structural Reform Support Service) Project, supported by the European Union, to develop a day surgery infrastructure in 8 hospitals in Budapest. Our Treasurer, Luc van Outryve and Past-President Gamal Eldin Mohamed were instrumental in devising the successful grant application. Site visits to the 8 hospitals were conducted in early October by ExCo members and reports submitted on the day! The project requires considerable paperwork and no-one was allowed to leave for the airport until all documentation had been checked. Past-President and Current Webmaster Ian Jackson took on the onerous task of collating all the reports and surveys, and most importantly produced our considered recommendations for the project. A multidisciplinary training interactive workshop was held at the beginning of December for the hospital participants in conjunction with the Hungarian Association of Ambulatory Surgery.
Voting for our new ExCo was conducted immediately before the Porto Congress by the members of the General Assembly. May I offer congratulations to our new ExCo  for the next 2 years and to our President-Elect, Carlos Magalhães. We also owe considerable thanks to our Immediate-Past President, Beverly Philip who has wisely led and encouraged us over the past 2 years and congratulate her on her appointment as First Vice-President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
May I wish you an enjoyable Festive Season and Best Wishes for 2020. 

Registration now open

Abstracts can now be submitted online - follow this link

On behalf of the Spanish Association for Ambulatory Surgery (ASECMA) is pleasure for me to invite you to the 3rd European Congress on Ambulatory Surgery, that will take place in Madrid, along with the 13th Spanish and 9th Iberian Congresses.We are working to achieve an attractive Scientific Programme to be developed in a comfortable Congress venue. The aims of the Congress include to provide an international multidisciplinary forum for the interchange of information and advancement of high quality ambulatory surgery, to stimulate education and research, to establish a closer relationship between national associations and to promote co-working with nursing colleagues. Thus, the main topics of the congress will be the new technologies in ambulatory surgery, the models of units and structure, the changes in ambulatory surgery concepts, the new anesthetic trends and postoperative pain treatment, and the future of ambulatory surgery (how to increase the basket procedures)

The city of Madrid has a strategic location, with easy national and international communications. The airport connections are excellent. Moreover, the city offers a huge amount of historical buildings, museums and parks. In fact, it is a nice combination of history and modernity.  We are sure that you will enjoy it.
I look forward to seeing you in Madrid.

Luis A. Hidalgo Grau  
President of the Executive Committee, ASECMA  

Register now for SAMBA 2020 - A Collaborative Meeting with American Surgery Center Association (ASCA), held in Orlando, Florida from May 13-16, 2020. SAMBA 2020 will bring together the entire ecosystem of professionals engaged in outpatient, non-operating room and office-based anesthesia under one roof. Join SAMBA for three days of cutting-edge education, including the following: 
  • NEW Medical Director track 
  • Ambulatory enhanced recovery
  • Practice management
  • Regional and pediatric anesthesia
  • Small group, problem-based learning discussions
  • Joint sessions with the ASCA
  • Ask the Experts round tables
  • Engaging panel presentations
  • Exciting social events
Join SAMBA today to take advantage of members-only registration discount SAMBA members receive special discounts on registration for the annual meeting. Through networking, professional development and educational resources, SAMBA is dedicated to providing value to members year-round. Be part of the fastest growing subspecialty in clinical anesthesia, become a member of SAMBA today.
SAMBA's ASC Membership is designed to provide surgical centers a cost-effective way to keep all medical staff and allied health providers that work in an ASC, Endoscopy Center or Office Based setting up-to-date on the latest industry knowledge through a membership with SAMBA.
Visit our website to learn more and join today.

We are sad to report the loss of one of our founding fathers and Past
 President of the IAAS Professor P E M Jarrett. He was known by many of us across the world and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

We have published an Obituary in this edition of the Journal which can be found here.

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Ambulatory surgery 25_4 Ambulatory Surgery 25.4 is now ready for download

The Journal is freely available online.
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We encourage authors to submit content for the journal. The editors Dr Mark Skues and Dr Ian Jackson can be contacted for advice about submitting an article. Instructions for authors can be found on our website

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Mark Skues   
Obituary: Professor P E M Jarrett MA MB BChir FRCS (1943–2019)                                    
Dr Tom W Ogg 
Paediatric WalkIng Clinic – is it the future for ambulatory surgery?
S. Cavalete, C. Vieira, A.P. Silva & S. Pé D’arca 
Ambulatory Dental Procedures in Children with Intellectual Disability:A Ten-Year Review
I. Morais I, J.T. Rodrigues, C. Peixoto, I. Sousa, E. Mesquita & A. Morais 
Comparison of Efficacy and Safety of Intrathecal Ropivacaine-Fentanyl and Bupivacaine-Fentanyl in Lower Abdominal and Lower Limb Surgeries    
D.S. Prajwal, S.S. Kamath & A.F. Faiaz 
Short-Term Morbidity Associated with Ambulatory Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy: A Spanish Tertiary Care Hospital Based Study and Literature Review 
S Paradela, N Iglesias-Pena, S Pértega-Díaz, B Fernández-Jorge, Á García-Rozado, R Luaces-Rey,  J Valero-Gasalla, L Albaina Latorre, A Tejera-Vaquerizo & E Fonseca-Capdevila

Beverly Philip, Newsletter Editor-in-Chief
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International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS)
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