It is a pleasure to welcome you to this year's Principles of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care conference in Boston, hosted by the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and accredited by Harvard Medical School. We face an ever-changing world, and the practice of pediatric anesthesiology can be a risky business. As the specialty continues to evolve, we are pleased to offer you an exciting, cutting-edge pediatric anesthesia conference focusing on innovation, pediatric anesthesia research, hot topics and challenges, risk management techniques and interactive workshops.
This year we are very fortunate to have Dr. Karen Domino as our keynote speaker and as part of our special medicolegal session. Dr. Domino is the Director of the Anesthesia Closed Claims Project, and will discuss lessons learned and current trends in pediatric anesthesia risk management. This will be followed by a risk management session that will focus on liability prevention, deposition strategies, and "hot spots" in risk management. Because of the increasing population of survivors of congenital heart disease, we have added a congenital heart disease (CHD) session that will present the parental perspective of having a child with CHD, a pediatric cardiologist on the approach to management and follow-up of these patients, and the provision of anesthesia to children with CHD presenting for non cardiac procedures.
The conference offers interactive optional breakfast and lunch breakout panels each day. These informal sessions are staffed by our faculty and designed to facilitate a two-way learning process between attendees and presenters. We will be featuring a complimentary Pediatric Airway workshop on Saturday afternoon. Optional workshops include Pediatric Regional Anesthesia, Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access and Acupuncture. We also will be offering a pre-conference half day Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop. This workshop will offer practical tips on using the ultrasound as a tool for evaluating different aspects of patient's clinical status. Registrants also have the option to pair two or three days of the conference with a pediatric MOCA® course, which will take place in the operating rooms and recovery area of Boston Children's Hospital.
We encourage participants to share their research and experiences by submitting their work for the poster session during the complimentary wine reception on Friday evening, where they will have the chance to network with other attendees and faculty. Our objective for the conference is to teach risk management in the perioperative setting and to create an opportunity for participants and faculty to interact with other clinicians for the benefit of their pediatric patients, practice, education and research. We hope you enjoy your visit to Boston and that you will have a valuable experience.
Barry D. Kussman, MBBCh, FFA(SA)
Kirsten C. Odegard, MD
Janet Valicenti, CRNA
Bistra Vlassakova, MD