ASM abstract winners
Congratulations to all the winners at our May ASM in Swansea this year. Poster abstracts and the winning video abstract are now uploaded.
3rd prize went to Dr Oliver with her poster "Home made gel phantoms for teaching Ultrasound guided Rectus Sheath Catheter insertion – the “Ban-abdomen”.
2nd prize went to Dr Fox with her poster "Using quality improvement methodology to implement a Rectus Sheath Catheter service in a tertiary centre".
And 1st went to Dr Sadler, who gave an oral presentation on "Ultrasound Appearances of Peribulbar Block Complications', a fantastic talk on the use of Thiel cadavers to simulate complications of injection. She receives a prize bundle of ESRA congress fee, travel costs up to £500 and a years RA-UK membership.
The video competition was won by Dr Wight, who's video on the RAPTIR block has been uploaded to our Youtube collection, and wins a prize of £250.
Address from the new president: Dr Amit Pawa
I am writing to you after our 2018 ASM in Swansea as your new President of RAUK.
I would like to start by sincerely thanking our immediate Past-President Dr Morné Wolmarans for his great leadership over the last 3 years. He has helped take RA-UK further, grown the membership and helped shape our society for the future. We are grateful for all his hard work, knowledge and experience and he will continue to guide and support us as he remains on the RA-UK board as Past-President.
The meeting in Swansea was, we believe, a great success and initial feedback was very encouraging. We must especially thank Dr Christian Egeler and his local organising committee Drs Simon Ford, Rhodri Birtchnell, Tom White, David Burkett St Laurent for their excellent planning and organisation, and for putting on a great conference over the two days. We thank the expert national and international faculty who worked extremely hard and produced a level of education that I hope you all agree was at a standard that we should be very proud of.
This year we had a number of “firsts” including introductions to Chronic or Persistent pain and Regional Anaesthesia in addition to POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound). We also handed over our Twitter account @RegionalAnaesUK to Aidan Baron (@aLittleMedic) who ran the educational content for us and we thank him for tweeting out the highlights of the meeting. If you are keen to catch up on the meeting highlights, search for the hashtag #RAUK18.
Looking forward, we encourage you to reserve your study leave for #RAUK19 which will be in Belfast on 16-17th May 2019. There will be some new features to this meeting that we know you will love, and a few surprises which we will reveal over the next few months.
I hope to guide our society safely through the interesting times we have ahead, to increase our collaborations and educational aims for the future.
Finally the results of our elections to council. Dr Packianathaswamy Balaji and Dr Maria Chazapis have completed their terms and we are grateful for all their work on the council and thank them for all they did. We welcome Dr Ben Fox and Dr James Parry (Trainee Rep) to our RAUK council as the successful candidates of the election and thank all those that stood for election and those that voted.
All that remains is for me to wish you well for the year ahead, to remind you to book your leave for next year, and to follow us on Twitter for updates.
With my very best wishes
ESRA 2018 - 37th Annual ESRA Congress
12 – 15 September 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 May 2018
Early Registration deadline: 20 June 2018
The ESRA 2018 Congress will focus on state of the art presentations in our field as well as new insights into basic science, clinical research and therapeutic interventions. We are building a scientific programme in which the aim is to increase the interaction between the speakers and the audience. The programme will cover topics in all fields of interest in the application of regional anaesthesia/analgesia alone or in multimodal approach. In addition, topics such as acute and chronic pain management, that are of special interest for anaesthesiologists, will be addressed.
This is your opportunity to join experts from around the world in Dublin to discuss all aspects of regional anaesthesia and pain therapy under one roof, offering courses, workshops, lectures and plenty of networking opportunities.
Join us for ESRA 2018 and enjoy an all-round Irish experience!
RCEM clarifies statement about FICB
A recent statement by the RCEM about a tragic death after hip fracture generated a great deal of concern both amongst members and anaesthetic societies.
We are pleased to report that the RCEM have taken steps to clarify their initial response, the text of which is provided below. RA-UK fully endorses the following.
Read statement here
New Patient Information Video
RA-UK are pleased to announce the launch of a new patient information video titled "Nerve Blocks: An Information Video For Patients". The video provides information for patients undergoing surgery under an upper limb block and we would encourage all members to direct patients to this excellent resource.
The video, produced by Dr Anthony Carey and Dr Ruth Greer from Bristol, was funded by an RA-UK Small Project Grant.The videographer was Rupert Ward-Lewis.
The video may be accessed on the RA-UK Youtube channel or watched on the RA-UK Website.