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WCACS 2015 – Ghent

7th WCACS congress in Ghent, Belgium

The Congress will be held in “het Pand” Congress Centre of Ghent University. ‘Het Pand’ is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants. It was recently acquired by Ghent University and converted to a congress center. The venue is located in the heart of the historical city center, within walking distance of all major hotels and touristic attractions.

Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium, 28-30 May, 2015

Seven reasons to attend WCACS 2015!

  1. Get the most out of a 3-day educational, unique and logical program covering all aspects of the challenges you encounter in your daily practice!
  2. Discover how education, innovation and evidence gather in one place.
  3. Discuss with a world-class faculty and an expert audience the latest advances in the field
  4. Witness raising upcoming leading experts in the vascular and endovascular field with their cutting-edge research presentations at the free paper and poster presentations.
  5. See a display of the latest technologies supported by the evidence for optimal disease management
  6. Experience the buzz of the global critical care/surgical abdominal community coming together at the bi-annual WCACS.
  7. Enjoy Ghent, the WCACS2015 host city, and its heritage, culture and social life.

Thursday May 28, 2015

  Opening session
1:30 PM Welcome to WCACS2015
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
1:35 PM 10 years of accomplishments
Rao Ivatury, USA
2:00 PM Presidential address – Expanding our horizon
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
  Pro Con debate (Michael Sugrue)
2:30 PM Case scenario
Michael Sugrue, Letterkenny, Ireland
2:50 PM Abdominal decompression is standard therapy for ACS: Pro
Martin Bjorck, Uppsala, Sweden
3:05 PM Abdominal decompression is standard therapy for ACS: Con
Manu Malbrain, Antwerp, Belgium
3:20 PM Discussion
3:30 PM Coffee break
  Trauma (I)
(Andrew Kirkpatrick / Rao Ivatury)
Hemodynamic mangement in IAH
(Manu Malbrain / Claudia Olvera)
4:00 PM Case scenario
Scott D’Amours, Sydney, Australia
Resuscitation endpoints in IAH
Claudia Olvera, Mexico City, Mexico
4:15 PM Resuscitation is the key
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
Impact of IAH on preload monitoring
Joel Starkopf, Estonia
4:30 PM Damage control surgery – a tale of the past?
Derek Roberts, Calgary, Canada
Which monitoring device do I need?
Manu Malbrain, Antwerp, Belgium
4:45 PM Discussion Discussion
  Acute pancreatitis update
(Martin Bjorck / Eric Hoste)
IAH management in 2015
Scott D’Amours / Joel Starkopf
5:10 PM Pancreatitis – the intensivist’s medical perspective
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
IAP monitoring in 2015 – who needs it
Ted Kimball, Salk Lake City, USA
5:25 PM Stepping up in acute pancreatitis – less is more
Harry Van Goor, Nijmegen, NL
Preventing progression to ACS – key issues
Rao Ivatury, USA
5:40 PM Decompression in pancreatitis – when and how
Ari Leppaniemi, Helsinki, Finland
Prophylactic open abdomen – who needs it?
Scott D’Amours, Sydney, Australia
5:55 PM Discussion
6:15 PM Posterrounds
6:30 PM Welcome reception 

Friday May 29, 2015

  Refectory Vermeylen
  Massive ventral hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction (I)
(Michael Sugrue / Frederik Berrevoet)
Acute GI injury
Eric Hoste / Jan De Waele
8:00 AM Massive ventral hernia: Epidemiology and implications for patient health and well-being
Frederik Berrevoet, Ghent, Belgium
Case scenario
Joel Starkopf, Estonia
8:15AM Enlarging the compartment: Component Parts Separation and other advanced techniques
Ari Leppaniemi, Helsinki, Finland
The gut under pressure – defining and measuring acute gastrointestinal injury
Annika Reintam-Blaser, Lucerne, Switzerland
8:30 AM Biomaterials and abdominal wall reconstruction
Harry Van Goor, Nijmegen, NL
Management GI motility disorders in ICU
Julia Wendon, London, UK
8:45 AM Discussion
  Massive ventral hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction (II)
(Rao Ivatury / Harry Van Goor)
Abdominal compliance
(Joel Starkopf / Janeth Ejike)
9:05 AM Hernia Repair in the contaminated abdomen
Manuel Lopez-Cano, Barcelona, Spain
Anatomy, physiology and IAH
Manu Malbrain, Antwerp, Belgium
9:20 AM Quaternary ACS/IAH after reconstruction
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Calgary, Canada
Viscoelasticity – what does it mean?
Martin Zielinski, Rochester, USA
9:35 AM Centralisation of complex (abdominal wall) pathology: what are we waiting for?
Marc Miserez, Leuven, Belgium
Implications for patient management
Annika Reintam-Blaser, Lucerne, Switzerland
9:45 AM Discussion
10:00 AM Coffee break
  Management of abdominal infections (I)
(Fernando Fereira / Marja Boermeester)
Fluid resuscitation in shock
(Michaela Kollish-Singule / Manu Malbrain)
10:30 AM The role of imaging in managing severe IAI
Marja Boermeester, Amsterdam, NL
Burn resuscitation
Thomas Rose, Brussels, Belgium
10:45 AM Understanding the role of IAH in abdominal infections
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
Fluid management in the post-HES era
Jean-Louis Vincent, Brussels, Belgium
11:00 AM Source control – evolving concepts
Ted Kimball, Salt Lake City, USA
Fluid balance, diuretics and de-resusciation
Inneke De laet, Antwerp, Belgium
11:15 AM Discussion  
  Management of abdominal infections (II)
(Ted Kimball / Michael Sugrue)
Mechanical ventilation in IAH
(Annika Reintam-Blaser / Martin Zielinski)
11:35 AM Damage control surgery for abdominal infection
Ari Leppaniemi, Helsinki, Finland
Impact of IAH on respiratory mechanics
Claudia Olvera, Mexicoy City, Mexico
11:50 AM Negative pressure in abdominal infection – just a gimmick or a diamond in the rough?
Michael Sugrue, Letterkenny, Ireland
Setting the PEEP right – mechanical ventilation in IAH
Kollish-Singule M, Syracuse, USA
12:05 PM Relaparotomy: sense and nonsense
Marja Boermeester, Amsterdam, NL
Proning, IAH and ventilation
Manu Malbrain, Antwerp, Belgium
12:20 PM Discussion  
12:30 PM Lunch break
1:15 PM Industry sponsored session
1:15 PM Value of Temporary Abdominal Closure with a special NPWT Dressing
Frederik Berrevoet
13:30 PM Long Term Follow Up Experiences after use of a special NPWT Dressing for Temporary Abdominal Closure
Stefan Acosta
13:45 PM Final Closure of the Abdomen using a Biological Reconstructive Tissue Matrix
Ibby Younis
14:00 PM Q&A and Discussion with the audience
  Free papers (6)
(Scott D’Amours / Janeth Ejike)
Free papers (6)
(Andrew Kirkpatrick / Jan De Waele)
2:15 PM Abdominal compartment syndrome: deadly despite early recognition and open abdomen treatment
Arne Seternes
Quality of life and cosmetic outcome following component separation for open ventral hernia repair for large hernias
Frederik Berrevoet
2:25 PM Patients with alcohol induced severe acute pancreatitis are at higher risk for development of abdominal compartment syndrome
Kaspars Zeiza
Modified component separation for early closure of the open abdomen 
Antonio Jesus Gonzales-Sanchez
2:35 PM Abdominal compartment syndrome after surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm, a contemporary nationwide population-based study 
Samuel Ersryd
A Novel Minimally Invasive Device for Preemptive Direct Peritoneal Resuscitation to Reduce ACS Incidence 
Sumeet Jain
2:45 PM Intra-abdominal pressures in the Intensive Care Unit: Who should we be monitoring? 
Dushyant Iyer
Increased Inraabdominal Pressure and Deplated Citrulline Level are Indicators of Intestinal Dysfunction and Failure during Acute Necrotizing Pancreati 
Igor Khomyak
2:55 PM Abdominal Compartment Syndrome in Open Abdomen after Penetrating Abdominal Trauma: An Independent Mortality Predictor
Naria Paula Garcia
Mortality in Children with Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Does Time in Hospital Before Laparotomy Influence Outcomes? 
Grace Oei
3:05 PM Outcomes in children undergoing Emergent exploratory laparotomies 
J. Chiaka Ejike
The Endoscopic Component Separation Technique in large ventral hernias: A useful tool to reduce wound morbidity
Aude Vanlander
  Surgical controversies 
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Canada / Rao Ivatury, USA
Pro con debate
(Manu Malbrain / Claudia Olvera)
3:15 PM Cholecystitis – early or late intervention? 
Michael Sugrue, Letterkenny, Ireland
I need advanced hemodynamic monitoring in IAH and ACS – PRO
Xavier Monnet, Paris
3:30 PM Appendiceal mass management – conservative or intervention? 
Ari Leppaniemi, Helsinki, Finland
I need advanced hemodynamic monitoring in IAH and ACS – CON
Joel Starkopf, Tartu, Estonia
3:45 PM Coffee break
  Trauma (II)
(Ted Kimball / Derek Roberts)
(Janeth Ejike / Manu Malbrain)
4:15 PM Minimally invasive techniques for trauma – facts and fiction 
Fernando Fereira, Porto, Portugal
The impact of intra-abdominal hypertension on children
Janeth Ejike, Loma Linda, USA
4:30 PM Non-operative management of liver trauma 
Bruno Pereira, Campinas, Brazil
Pediatric surgical view on IAH/ACS in neonates and children
Lucas Matthyssens, Gent, Belgium
4:45 PM Remote damage control
Andy Kirkpatrick
IAH and ACS – the neonatology perspective 
Kris De Coen, Gent, Belgium
5:00 PM Discussion Discussion
  Vascular surgery
(Martin Bjorck / Isabelle Van Herzeele)
Temporary abdominal closure
(Jan De Waele / Ari Leppaniemi)
5:15PM Prevalence of IAH/ACS after AAA repair
(Isabelle Van Herzeele, Gent, Belgium)
Negative pressure in the open abdomen – the only way?
Andrew Kirckpatrick, Calgary, Canada
5:30 PM TAC after AAA repair
Stefan Acosta, Malmö, Sweden
Preventing complications in TAC – a surgeons prespective
Michael Sugrue, Letterkenny, Ireland
5:45 PM Treatment algorithm to prevent and treat ACS in an institution using 100% EVAR to treat ruptured aortic aneurysms
Zoran Rancic, Zurich, Switzerland
Determinants of early primary fascial closure 
Derek Roberts, Calgary, Canada
6:00 PM The role of IAH/ACS in intestinal ischaemia patients
Martin Bjorck, Uppsala, Sweden
6:15 PM WSACS general assembly
7:30 PM Congres dinner

Saturday May 30, 2015

  Refectory Vermeylen
  Fistula fear
(Martin Björck / Ari Leppaniemi)
(Rosemary Lee / Janeth Ejike)
8:00 AM Medical management of fistula
Frederik Berrevoet, Ghent, Belgium
IAP monitoring – how to do it
Katleen Bombeke, Antwerp, Belgium
8:15 AM Managing fistulas in the open abdomen – tips and tricks
Fernando Ferreira, Porto, Portugal
Nursing IAH and ACS guidelines development
Rosemary Lee, Homestead, USA
8:30 AM How to close a fistula
Helen Thomson, London, UK
Key nursing issues in open abdomen
Dieter Debergh, Ghent, Belgium
8:45 AM Discussion
  Improving open abdomen management
(Fernando Ferreira / Zsolt Balogh)
Perspectives in IAH management
(Joel Starkopf / Claudia Olvera)
9:05 AM Classifying the open abdomen
Martin Bjorck, Uppsala, Sweden
The peritoneum as a therapeutic target
Kollish-Singule M, Syracuse, USA
9:20 AM Errors in care
Martin Zielinski, Rochester, USA
Development of a nurse driven protocol for patients at risk for IAH
Rosemary Lee, Homestead, USA
9:35 AM Facilitating early closure – how to do it
Aude van Lander, Ghent, Belgium
What is next in IAH management
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium
10:00 AM Coffee break Coffee break
  Free papers (6)
(Scott D’Amours / Rao Ivatury)
Free papers (6)
(Annika Reintam Blaser / Martin Bjorck)
10:30 AM Grade I-II Grade I-II IAH – is it important?
Liivi Maddison
New laboratory markers of increased intra-abdominal pressure
Zsolt Bodnar
10:40 AM Intra-abdominal hypertension after cardiac surgery: time to pay attention?
Dushyant Iyer
Assessment of peritoneal cytokines in patients with severe intra-abdominal sepsis managed with laparostomy and vacuum-assisted closure
Theodossis Papavramidis
10:50 AM Five-year follow up after open abdomen therapy with vacuum-assisted wound closure and mesh-mediated fascial traction – results from a prospective multicenter study
Stefan Acosta
Negative pressure therapy in the management of the complicated intra-abdominal infection and abdominal compartment syndrome
Liene Melberga
11:00 AM Rate of Incisional hernias 1 year after Open Abdomen management with negative pressure therapy combined with mesh-mediated fascial traction.
Aude Vanlander
Effect of Early Enteral Nutrition (EN) on outcomes in children undergoing Emergent Exploratory Laparotomy (EEL)
Disha Kriplani
11:10 AM Outcomes in pediatric patients with abdominal compartment syndrome following urgent exploratory laparotomy
Sharon Thomas
Comparison of peritoneal and serum CX3CL1/fractalkine levels in patients with severe abdominal sepsis
Theodossis Papavramidis
11:20 AM Abdominal Compartment Syndrome screening following repair of ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Review of 12 years of experience
Navid Ahmadi
Negative pressure therapy combined with mesh-mediated fascial traction. Open Abdomen: Tips and Tricks for optimal effect
Aude Vanlander
11:30 AM Relation between intra-abdominal pressure and early intestinal ischemia in rats
Steven G. Strang
The ultrasound pop-up sign reliably predicts correct nasogastric tube position in ICU patients
Pieter Verslype
  Clinical trials working group session
(Annika Reintam-Blaser)
11:40 AM Overview on CTWG. Ongoing and future ICU trials
Annika Reintam-Blaser, Lucerne, Switzerland
11:55 AM Ongoing and future surgical trials
Derek Roberts, Calgary, Canada
12:10 PM Study proposal 1. Peritoneal VAC Trial.
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Calgary, Canada
12:15 PM Study proposal 2. Phrophylactic fascial release in severe peritonitis.
Loes Knapen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
12:20 PM Study proposal 3. ARIADNE Study (Adenosine Receptor antagonism).
Zsolt Bodnar, Spain
12:25 PM Discussion
12:40 PM Lunch break
  WSACS Ambassador session
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium / Andrew Kirkpatrick
1:30 PM Open abdomen management in Colombia and South America in 2015
Carlos Ordonez, Cali, Colombia
1:45 PM IAH and ACS in South America
Bruna Pereira, Campinas, Brazil
2:00 PM IAH and ACS in China
Jianan Ren, Nanjing, China
2:15 PM Discussion
  State of the Art – Future perspectives
(Jan De Waele / Andrew Kirkpatrick)
2:30 PM Post injury ACS
Rao Ivatury
2:45 PM Critical care of the IAH patient
Manu Malbrain, Antwerp, Belgium
3:00 PM Peritoneal resuscitation
Kollish-Singule M, Syracuse, USA
3:15 PM Future directions in TAC
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Calgary, Canada
3:30 PM Stomas – failure or saviour? 
Helen Thomson, London, UK
3:45 PM Abdominal wall reconstruction
Manuel Lopez-Cano, Barcelona, Spain
4:00 PM Discussion
4:15 PM Meeting closure
Jan De Waele, Ghent, Belgium

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