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Intensive medicine specialists from the Canary Islands meet for the first time in Lanzarote to face the new challenges of the specialty

The event was attended by Director of the Health District Noelia Ombres, and Director of Health Services in Lanzarote, Jose Luis Aparicio.

The Health District of Lanzarote, attached to the Health Department of the Government of the Canary Islands, is hosting for the first time the Congress of the Canary Society of Intensive, Critical and Coronary Medicine Units (SOCAMICYUC). A meeting in which new challenges faced by intensive care professionals were discussed and the response of these specialists to the health crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2 was highlighted.

The opening ceremony was attended by Director of Lanzarote Health District, Noelia Ombreez, Director of Island Health Services, Jose Luis Aparicio, Medical Director of Dr. Jose Molina Orosa University Hospital, Carlos Garcia, and President of SOCAMICYUC, Maria Luisa Mora.

Conference participants

The event in Lanzarote brings together professionals and experts in the care and attention of critically ill patients from hospital centers in the Canary Islands and intensive care specialists from the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, ​​12 October in Madrid and the Virgin de la Macarena University Hospital in Seville. In addition, it was attended by the Managing Director of the National Plan for CPR of the Spanish Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who presented the novelties of this year’s National Plan of CPR.

The care and treatment of critically ill patients are the focus of the tables and presentations at this meeting. This is noted by the President of SOCAMICYUC, Maria Luisa Mora, who stated that “intensives in the Canary Islands have taken care of patients during the epidemic, not only as specialists but also as if we were family or friends”.

One of the first conferences held by the conference dealt with Collaboration between hospitals to make a donation in the cessation of asystole, a conference in which Tamara Cantera and Priscilla Carslin and the transplant coordinator at the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, Judith Suarez, moderated by Belen Guerra, an intensification specialist from the center in Lanzarote. Gran Canaria University Hospital Specialist Dr. Negrin, Olivia Rita, spoke about the Nutri-Trophic study in her presentation, a conference moderated by the head of the intensive care medicine service at the same hospital, Sergio Ruiz.

On the other hand, the director of La Palma University Hospital, Mercedes Coelho, presented to the conference Canary Islands: a volcanic region. Adequacy of protocols in the event of a volcanic eruptionpresentation moderated by Maria Louisa Moore, Head of the Intensive Care Medicine Service at the University of the Canary Islands Hospital.

Learning from the epidemic

Professionals during the round table

Many of the conferences that have occupied this conference are based on experience in intensive care units with covid-19 patients and on the effort and learning that the pandemic means for professionals in critically ill patients. Such was the case for a talk given by Edouard Argudo of Vall d’Hebron Hospital, entitled Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in COVID-19 patients. lessons learned. Another paper to this effect was presented by the Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the October 12 Hospital in Madrid under the title Antibiotic therapy in prevalent infections in critically ill patients. New therapeutic alternatives for SARS-CoV-2 treatment.

On this first day of the conference, simulation workshops and hands-on sessions were carried out by attendees and presentations were read to residents of the 4th year of Intensive Medicine at different Canary hospitals who presented their clinical cases.

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