What and How we do it
Report an incident
Oh sorry, it seems it's all about bacteria :). The big issue concerning colonisation of heater cooler devices is not just a problem in our country. Over a third of heater-cooler devices used in bypass surgery may be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera, potentially putting patients at risk, according to data presented at the conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
New opportunities for perfusionists looking to work abroad! There is a perfusionist position in the VUmc Amsterdam. More information can be obtained from Mr Haumann.
Call for abstracts
We would kindly encourage all the perfusionists within our society to actively participate in the upcoming EBCP meeting by sending an abstract for oral presentation or poster. Of course, other professionals with research projects related to our field of expertise are also welcome to send in a paper!
Deadline of abstract submission is June, 15th 2017 and all information can be found on the EBCP website.
In case there are any questions, you can always contact Leen Vercaemst.
if you haven't checked your mailbox yet, there is a new BelSECT newsletter with some interesting updates and facts. Lost it? No problem you can find it trough the link available on our homepage.
Remember, next Wednesday we have our next Educative Evening!! Share and invite.
What’s the plan?
Dear members, since Wednesdays are boring days to watch television and there is no real football match on the 31st of May, we plan to provide you with an interesting evening at the Bowling Stones, Wemmel. Have a drink with the colleagues away from the daily grind at home and attend the scientific part for some EBCP points. Last EA was the début for the member card-scan system, and we will do it again next EA. So don’t forget to bring it with you! Attached you find the program, and as usual it’s not prohibited to invite friends and colleagues who are not yet member of our Society. They can join us after a small contribution, or even better become a member and enjoy all the advantages of membership. Show them the way to belsect.be.
Save paper, watch online
Dear members, if you are visiting Euro-ELSO 2017 next week, it is time for a look at their webpage. Quite some updates and from now you can also view the conference book online. Saves paper and you are well prepared to suit your needs for an intereseting few days off clininical work. Forgot the webpage? Just click THE LINK.
Report and learn
Our colleagues of the ANZCP created a webpage with a Perfusion Incident Reporting System (PIRS). Objectives:
- To Increase confidential incident and accident reporting in Australia, New Zealand and the international perfusion community.
- To provide timely and appropriate feedback.
- To provide the means for Proactive as well as Reactive safety in the field of perfusion.
- To create a high reliable safety culture in perfusion.
PIRS is the on-line Perfusion Incident Reporting System for the Australia, New Zealand and the wider international perfusion community.
It is a voluntary system, to report perfusion related incidents and accidents established by the Australia and New Zealand College of Perfusionists.
Confidentiality is assured by de-identification and anonymity of reports within 72 hours of submission. The 72 hour window is to allow questions to be asked of the reporter where detail of the event is unclear to the PIRS editor.
Extra Euro-ELSO liaison
This is to officially announce and open the call for application for the Euro-ELSO Steering Committee Member position. The positions available are one Member-at-Large as physician, two Member-at-Large as nurse representative, one Member-at-Large perfusionist,and one as in charge of the communication committee who will account for the 2018-2020 period . The applicants for these positions must submit their expression of interest with a personal letter, including a brief proposal about their main actions and brief CV focusing on the ECLS/ECMO activities (max 1 page). The application must be submitted to Peter Rycus by April 18, 2017.
Last week we sent around an email with a link to a survey concerning pediatric perfusion. Some of the perfusionists involved in pediatric surgery might have tried to open it, but there possibly is an issue with the link. Please take an extra minute and use the link provided
We are delighted to invite you to our second educative evening of 2017. Just two speakers and two topics, but they will fill the whole evening with an utmost interesting talk. Four possibilities to join:
- If you're a member, you can just enter and enjoy the evening.
- You don't know if you are still an active member? Login on our website and you can check your status
- Not yet a member? Just become one and you will be able to join every EA
- Not interested in a membership? Weird, but possible. You can join the evening but bring some cash.€20 allows you to enter the EA and have a drink before and after the talks.
You can find the programme of our EA on the website or just click the link. Member and registered on the website: don't forget to bring your member card. We are modernizing ;).
PS: Don't forget to invite your colleagues, the more the merrier!
Yesterday we had the annual 'Meeting With The Industry', comparable to the General Assembly but without voting ofcourse. We presented what happened during 2016 and provide the sales representatives with a forecast for 2017. We just want to be a transparent society and show our sponsors what we do with their generous grants. Without their support it would just be impossible to sustain.
Together with te meeting we held our BelSECT challenge and this year we organized a quiz. From the six teams, we had one who consisted of only BelSECT members (Jean-Noël and Dominique) and they did perfect!
For the first time in the history of the BelSECT Cup, the BelSECT team was able to win it!
A little more than one week ago our Society had it's General Assembly. Thank you once again for your active participation and effort to come and join us. For those who are already registered on the website, you will be able to find the presentation and report of the GA in the members area. Login with your creditentials and you will find a tab presentations where you can read what we did last Wednesday.
For those who have forgotten how to login, or you forgot your password, there is an automatic system helping you out. Otherwise you can contact me.
The European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusionists (EBCP) has the great pleasure to invite you to their annual Conference on Perfusion Education & Training (ECoPEaT). The 2017 edition will be held on Saturday, October 7th, in Vienna. This year’s theme is : “Translating Research & Science into Good Clinical Perfusion Practice”. Attached you find the invitation.
PS: Leen Vercaemst is organizing all of this! Go Belgium!
The first EA and General Assembly last Wednesday had a decent attendance. We welcomed 28 members to follow the educative evening preceding the GA. During that EA Dominique Hella posed a quite interesting thing: do we know from the other cardiac centers what they use for priming the ECC? Maybe we can try to work this out. More about this in the near future.
During the GA, we had to vote for a new board, but since we had no more volunteers than positions, it was an easy task. We welcome Luc Puis as president, Karlien Degezelle as treasurer and Mathias Allegaert as secretary. You will find the report together with the presentations in a short time in the members' area.
Amphia Hospital at Breda has a new job opening for a clinical perfusionist. If you would like to have more information go to their website or you can contact Hans Aerts by calling +31 76 595 5123.
If you didn't find the new version of our Newsletter in your mailbox, you can view it from here. If you want to, it's still possible to subscribe trough our website.
One of our Swiss colleagues posed a question: We would like to start with Del Nido Cardioplegia. Del Nido Cardioplegia is mostly used in the USA, first for children and secondary for adults. Do you know a clinic in your country using “Del Nido” in adults or do you have experience in production, application and storage of the solution? If yes, a short mail would be very helpful for us, that we can contact for further information.
If any of you has experience with Del Nido, you can contact Urs via email.
A Fresh Start
Dear members and visitors, we are almost passed the fist month in 2017 which means the first EA and general assembly will take place very soon! On the 15th of Ferbuary we welcome you in the Bolwing Stones Wemmel. The programme will be available very soon on the event section. Pleace remind the fact that voting during the GA only is possible for active members. Student and associate members will not be taken into account. If you wish to become member please visit the dedicated page. If you already are a member and you want to renew this, follow the instructions provided.
3rd Educative Evening
Yesterday we had our last EA of 2016. The youngsters did a perfect job and each of them has the skills to present their work in a fluent and understandable way. A superb kick-off for their professional carreer! Thank you again for those who were willing to pass their presentation which is available for our active members. Log in to your account and you will find a dedicated page with the presentations.
Almost a year ago we promised to keep trying to improve our website and make it more user friendly. Therefor we made some minor changes.
- Documents (e.g. for general assembly) are available here: belsect.be/about/documents
- Job openings will be posted on a separate page: belsect.be/about/job-opening
Within a few weeks, a new year starts. This also means we will have elections for the Board and Committees. On our other page you find the required documents to be completed and sent to our secretary. Do this before the 15th of December.
Thank you to all who took some of their time to complete our survey concerning the symposium. We certainly have some interesting remarks for the following event. Positive evaluation with some criticism, no one could ask better.
Back on our feet
After the thrill of having a superb meeting, we hope, we go back to the daily work of our organisation. But we would like to ask you one more thig. Please complete the survey. That gives us the possibility to improve and do even better next time.
Recently there was a meeting with the aim to look at the KB from November 10th 1967 concerning the practice of jobs in healthcare. The main goal was to reform the KB. Interdisciplenarry healthcare with competent healthcare providers aiming for the best quality of care, for and togehter with the patient.
Better by measuring
Do you want to discover more about Value Based Healthcare and its implementation in daily care, keep the 24th of November available in your agenda. Here you can find more information (only available in Dutch).
Progress in Perfusion
The final program for the 16th European Conference on Perfusion Education and Training (ECoPEaT) in Barcelona is ready! Attached you can check it out. If you join your colleagues, have fun.
Pssstt: don't forget the BelSECT programme is ready (one speaker has to confirm, but we have other plans in hand), check it out on the symposium site.
Advisory report 9327: Preventing the risk of Mycobacterium chimaera infections when using heater-cooler units during cardiopulmonary bypass for cardiac surgery. In this scientific advisory report on public health policy, the Superior Health Council of Belgium provides recommendations on preventing the risk of Mycobacterium chimaera infections when using heater-cooler units during cardiopulmonary bypass for cardiac surgery. Full advisory report: only available in Dutch or French.
I’m very pleased to share an announcement (cfr infra) from the ELSO concerning individual ELSO membership : ECMO clinicians, research scientists, and members of regulatory & public health institutions are now eligible for individual membership in ELSO!!!
Benefits of membership include:
- Direct participation in the world’s largest ECMO community
- ELSO Member Newsletters
- ELSO Registry Data Reports
- Discounts on one copy of the ELSO Red Book ($20 off list price) and one copy of the ECMO Specialist Manual ($5 off)
- 10% discount on Annual ELSO Conference Registration fee
- Official Certificate of ELSO Membership
- Admission to the Members-Only Business Meeting at the Annual ELSO Conference
- Discounted registration rates for global ELSO Chapter Conferences (EuroELSO, Asia-Pacific ELSO, Latin-America ELSO, South & West Asia ELSO)
- Access to the ELSO Online Discussion Board
- Access to ELSO Online ECMO Knowledge Assessment Examination (Certificate of Completion included upon successful completion)
- Eligibility to participate in ELSO Committees and Working groups
Applying for ELSO Membership is simple; just go to the ELSO website and fill out the brief application online.
Belgrado meets EuroELSO
Attached you'll find information coming from Leen Vercaemst, she's responsible for the organization of the Ecopeat meeting and link with EuroElso.
- One: Concerns the results Leen published after the survey she did on the role and responsibilities of perfusionists during ECMO/ECLS.
- Second: New rules « Eucomed » concerning relationship between the industry and perfusionists by 2018.
- Third: Leen asks to remind all colleagues to be as active as possible in presenting some papers at the Eucopeat meeting and at the EuroElso meeting. NB: the EBCP will give prices for the best abstracts and posters this year!
The 10th of May, the FOD National Health organises in cooperation with the AUVB, the fifth "Trefpunt Verpleegkunde"/"Rencontres infirmières". The theme for this day is "Nursing and interdisciplinary cooperation and practical applications". Deadline for inscription is 8 th of May. The full programme is available in the link.
New year, new possibilities
If you want to become a member, click on the following link: memberschip and register as an active, student or associate member.
We would like to point out the importance to register on our website for receiving your certificates of attendance.
Already registered? You don't need to complete another registration form anymore! Just click on the "Renew Your Membership" button and transfer your registration fee to the BelSECT bank account with reference "Membership 2016 - name" to reactivate your account and access to all the information and documents reserved for members.
Count your calories
The University Hospital of Brussels presentend groundbreaking research in calculating energy expenditure in ICU. Read more here.
Meeting with the industry
Friday January 15th, 2016 we had our annual "Meeting With The Industry" This year EuroSets was the winner of the BelSECT challenge with 224 points. Second place was for LivaNova with 217 points and on the third place we have Laméris with 173 points. Personal High score: Manu Devolder with 291 points. Red Lantern: Inge Deroy with 117 points.
And the oscar goes to
If you haven't checked our Facebookpage lately, here is something very interesting. The movie about Perfusion that our society has made, reached people overseas. Circuit Surfers, a part of perfusion.com has put a link of our movie on their website. The first day it already reached more than 350 people. We might get popular on the web!
Back in bussiness
About a year ago our last newsletter was published. Since then it has been gone because of passing some tasks to other people. But now we have a new director who will be working on the oncoming versions. So if you have anything to announce or would like to have appeared in the newsletter, don't hesitate to contact him. Coordinates are available in this version. Read the last version here.
Dassault’s 3D Heart Models to Revolutionize Cardiac Surgery
Surgeons will soon be able to plan heart operations using 3D models of patients’ organs with revolutionary software that recreates working versions of human body parts. The whole article is available here.
My heart goes BOOM
Transplant surgeons have started using a device that allows them to “reanimate” hearts from people who have recently died, and use the organs to save others.
The full article is available here.
Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Primer was published by the cardiac surgery team at the University of Washington, using the iBook electronic format. It is available as a free download from the Apple iBook Store. The editor, Dr. Nahush Mokadam, has structured the publication in a very logical format, with chapters describing the circuit components, technical aspects of cardiopulmonary support, myocardial protection, nursing principles, anesthesia management, troubleshooting, and finally a brief summary of the history of cardiopulmonary bypass. The book’s text is supplemented by high quality images and videos.
More information can be found on CTSnet.
Find your way in literature
There is something new for you perfusionists out there. It’s a Tiny Perfusion Newsletter. Or TLP. Here’s the deal. Whenever we have 10 articles on perfusion, cardiac surgery or cardiac anesthesiology, that we think are worthwhile to read, we put them in a tiny newsletter for you to explore. That’s all. Ten articles with a link to the publisher or Pubmed. You can view the first issue here and if you like what you see you can subscribe here.
What comes next
If you have been following the resent evolutions in the department of health under the lead of minister Maggie De Block, you might have some questions about what they are planning to do to rearrange the health service and financing the hospital. On the 28 th of April minister De Block released a press report with more information. Unfortunately it is only available in Dutch. For the French community, you find a resume on the website of the minister.
On the 30 th of April there was an election about an unknown job that might be interesting to know more about on the local radio RADIO 1. You can hear an interview with perfusionist Luc Puis about our profession. At the end of the elections we won with 60% of the votes. We can enter the OR with medal of #OMJ
10 th of April is the date we launched the new Facebook page of the BelSCECT society. This page can be liked or shared, you can put comments on it or pass news hot from the wire.There is a link to our own website as well so we can attract more international professionals. Invite people you know who are interested or have any connection to the profession. It might be a way to get in touch with interesting people or other organisations.