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Cytosorbents one of our annual sponsors invites you to join their webinar on the 20th of May about the use of their products in COVID patients. More information here: https://cyto.news/covid19webinar.
Cardiac surgery webinar
Medtronic, one of our annual sponsors invites you to join their webinar on the 6th of May with the very relevant topic, Patient Selection in COVID-time. Patients who are tested positive might need cardiac surgery... Visit the site
The EBCP recertification Committee gave us the pleasant update that this type of webinars will be rewarded with 1 point for recertification in 2020.
LivaNova, one of our annual sponsors invites you to join the 'hot-topic' webinar ECMO in the era of COVID-19. Visit the site for more information.
The EBCP recertification Committee gave us the pleasant update that this type of webinars will be rewarded with 1 point for recertification in 2020.
For many perfusionists involved in patient care during the COVID epidemic, it has been a few weeks of peculiar hard labour. Most of us are thoroughly supporting the hospital’s ECMO program and as we heard many of us are now temporarily helping patients in the ICU. The unconditional flexibility many of you are demonstrating is really admirable.
Unfortunately, without exception BelSECT has not been able to escape from the COVID-19 impact. Hereby, we would like to announce some important modifications to the BelSECT agenda for the coming months.
Firstly, we are again obliged to postpone the General Assembly which was planned on April, 30th. The next educative evening should be taking place on Thursday May, 28th. If all goes well - let’s hope… - we will have our General Assembly during that evening. We really hope that we will be able to meet up by then. I’m convinced every one of us will have a lot to discuss!
Secondly, and maybe even more important: after a thorough evaluation of all aspects involved and a discussion with all organizing members, we have decided to postpone the BelSECT International Symposium 2020 until the spring of 2021. We are convinced that this will be the best solution for all participants, international speakers and sponsors as nobody is able to predict how this situation will evolve the next few months.
The Scientific Events Committee has constructed a very interesting program so far and we really would like to maintain the scientific level of our conference and offer you an enriching event. At the moment, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible within a few months. For sponsors who already made an agreement, we will contact you in person to find the best solution in every case.
The BelSECT Board and especially the Scientific Events Committee really regret this decision, but this is for the best interest of all parties.
Thirdly, BelSECT is looking into the possibility to organize webinars at our cost, which will offer our members the necessary EBCP accreditation points for this year. More information to follow in the coming weeks!
We sincerely hope you all are staying safe during this terrifying period in our lives and professional careers! Take care of yourself and your dearest!
We received a request of EuroELSO to register COVID patients on ECMO.
The objective is to have by Friday morning from all of you the update of the situation in your unit so as to release a newsletter every Friday afternoon about how is the situation proceeding in Europe. So, please, send me or my PhD Fellows (in cc, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) your unit update.
This is a Euro-ELSO initiative, but, obviously, we welcome also the non-ELSO centres. Based on the workload of these days, you may send us every week just the patient number and type of ECMO and, if possible the outcome. The rest of the data (although one page is really quick to be completed) may come at a later stage. Your collaboration is precious to provide a timely update about this peculiar condition in COVID patients. Thank you in advance for this. - R.Lorusso (on behalf of the Euro-ELSO Steering Committee)
Click the link to find 2 files (word/excel). You may use the excel file to create just one file including all the patients you are going to have in your unit. The word document may be quicker in completion since you have only to tick for most of the variables. The one-game document takes less than 10 minutes to be filled in.
Share your COVID experience
COVID-19 is rapidly becoming a major issue in multiple hospitals througout the country. Not only is the amount of infected people still growing exponentially, since the Corona Virus can severely impact the patient's pulmonary function, a limited group of them may develop a critical condition in which veno-venous ECMO could be indicated.
To share the experience and knowledge, starting up a discussion platform on this matter should provide every perfusionist a better understanding on how to help our patients the most. EBCP and BelSECT have constructed an online platform to assist you contact fellow professionals facing the spread of COVID19 in Europe and Belgium.
The EBCP secretary has recently sent an invitation through Twizzit, the online membership platform but also BelSECT has set up a private group via Facebook today, in which only belgian perfusionists, anesthesiologists and intensivists can participate. Please, share this platform to those who might meet these criteria. BelSECT will be able to approve membership if you would like to participate in the discussions (https://www.facebook.com/groups/816193248880418/).
Anything related to COVID19 or VV ECMO can be shared as long as we keep the privacy of patients in mind. Are you facing specific problems, a lack of equipment or do you have specific experiences which might help others… do not hesitate to share it with our community and someone might be answering your questions in short notice!
The Corona outbreak reaches all of us, and leads to multiple cancellations of events, meetings, symposia due to the increased risk of spreading the virus. Different hospitals advice personnel to avoid unnecessary contact with other health care professionals.
In that perspective, the Board of BelSECT has decided to postpone the first Educative Evening and General Assembly. This means the meeting of March 11th is cancelled. We have selected April 30th as alternative date but we will inform you in time with the correct date.
First big update
Learn at home
The EACTA organizes a webinar! Stay at home and follow the different topics on the 30th of March while drinking a .... (complete yourself).
FREE ONLINE WEBINAR ORGANIZED BY THE EACTA EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CPB COMMITTEE. More information @ their site.
First scientific update for 2020
UZ Leuven invites you to their ECMO Symposium on the 20th of March 2020. More information and registration on their website (click the image).
A small step for (wo)man, a huge step for perfusion
Last week the EBCP-EACTS-EACTA published "2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP guidelines on cardiopulmonary bypass in adult cardiac surgery". A major work has been done to write a very complete overview of recent insights and developed evidence-based guidelines for the practice of cardiopulmonary bypass.
Luc Puis may have left Belgium, but we will remember him every time we review our practice based on (t)his work. Thank you Luc!
Feel free to share the knowledge.
As 2 years ago, we will hold a joint meeting with NeSECC. In perfusion we are used to be working together with others, so why not meet up with our Dutch colleagues.
BACTS and NVT will be hosting their annual meeting and they asked us to join them for a scientific session. Saturday the 16th of November in th MECC Maastricht, we will chat and discuss about a topic that belongs to all of us. In the afternoon we split up and have our speeddate with the industry.
Attendance is free but we ask you to complete a few questions. Just complete the form here, or click the link.
Discussions will be held in English. Certificates of attendance (4 EBCP points) will be provided.
Working 9 to ...
Perfusionist and in for a new job?
There are still some colleagues looking for new forces. Visit our job site for more information.
Join us in Lisbon
please find your way to the congress of the year for perfusionists and meet your colleagues during the next ECoPEaT during the EACTS. Program available in the link.
Fourth Educative Evening is coming
on the 19th of September we have our fourth educative evening hosted in the Bowling Stones as usual. Some caution is needed since the 19th is a Thursday and not a Wednesday!!
Hope to meet u there.
EACTA is proud to present their 2019 conference which is being organized in the marvellous city of Ghent. The president of the EACTA conference, Dr Stefaan Bouchez (Ghent University), has really created an astonishing scientific program with multiple renowned speakers, CPB masterclasses and workshops. Check out their program!
We all know what happens in the American society at this time of the year:"AmSECT Perfusion Week". But as BelSECT we don’t need to work in the shadow of the people in the land of opportunities. We are going to organize our own Perfusion Week in Belgium. The goal is to celebrate our achievements, either personally or as a part of the team of perfusionists in centers, or as a member of BelSECT.
As a part of our deal with the sponsors, they can inform us and you about big or small news concerning their products and brand. Therefore, we made a link on top of the page next to the date of the next event. Click the link and you will be redirected to the COMPANY CORNER. Feel free to check it out regularly for new content!
First call for all passengers to Lisboa
The European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (EBCP) has the great pleasure to invite you all to their annual Conference on Perfusion Education and Training (ECoPEaT). The 2019 edition will be held in Lisbon, on the 5th October, and will be dedicated to: “Linking Knowledge and Evidence to Ensure the Best Perfusion Technology Appliance”.
Abstract submission is now open, and abstracts can be submitted via the EBCP website. The abstract deadline for presentations and posters is 30th June 2019.
Click the image to go to the Announcement!
The second one of the year
As mentioned during the GA, we will be hosting our Educational Evening on alternating days. We planned our next meeting on Wednesday (as usual) since a change in the plans was not possible due to availability of the Room. Mark Wednesday 24th of April in your agenda, the program will follow soon!
Ready for 2019
With all pleasure I can inform you that the new Board of BelSECT has been elected for the upcoming two years. We are ready to continue the work of the previous legislation. With a fresh President, Korneel Vandewiele, Karlien and me will do our best to keep things going and try to make them even better.
Please update your mail address or contact details because I get quite some bounced mails for our first educative evening.
As every year we have our annual meeting together with the first educative evening. Block the 13th of March 2019 for our General Assembly after a promising talk about organ donation after circulatory death. Please take a look at the agenda of the General Assembly. If you would like to add a point of discussion, please contact me before the 5th of March 2019.
On the 28th of December Francine Blaffaert will say goodbye to her professional career as perfusionist. She has been a mayor contribution to the job and our society at different positions. Shake hands, give kisses or thumbs up when you pass her!
That time of the year
we would like to wish you a happy end of 2018. Hopefully you can all enjoy some time with family and friends to start of 2019 in a splendid way!
Our next meeting will be in March. Remember that this will be an educative evening together with our General Assembly. Elections will be held, and if you would like to apply for a position complete the necessary documents and send it to me.
Time to meet again
After our symposium we have just continued the effort to set up our last Educative Evening of the year. Meet us on the 21st of November in Bowling Stones. The program is available in the event section.
Our colleagues in ASZ Aalst are looking for a new colleague to join their team. Interested? Visit our job page and hit the link!
“Targets, Tools and Persistence to improve Standards of Care towards Excellence” is the theme of the ECoPEaT meeting in Milan on the 20th of October. Attached you can find the final program for the upcoming meeting. More information on www.ebcp.eu.
PS: Don't forget to register for the event! Do it here.
Fun at work
Have you ever wondered if all the scientific work is really groundbreaking. Check out the publication in the link. It will certainly make you think of what we are doing...
already a week passed since we had our General Assembly. Since then I have been training my languages and Word skills to provide you with a full report of our GA in Dutch and French. Next to the report you will find the presentations used during the evening.
I got quite some notices that the receiver's mailbox was full, so the report is also online available in the member area.
Winter Olympics 2018
Just a few days away from our 22 Belgian stars shining at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. And a couple of weeks later you will be selected to join the first Educative Evening and General Assembly of our society. As usual all neccesary documents for authorization are available on our site. You will receive an invitation very soon.
No plans yet for the upcoming international meetings, think about meeting your colleagues in Milan for the 17th ECOPEAT Meeting organized by Leen Vercaemst!
Dear visitor, are you a qualified clinical perfusionist? Do you have over 5 years experience? Do you want a new challenge? Then take a look at the link. Don't want to travel? Well, Jessa Hospital in Hasselt and University Hospital Antwerp in Edegem both have a job opening. For more information go to our Job Page.
We are online
we would like to wish you all the best for 2018. We hope to make it a great year in the exciting world of Perfusion. For this year, we are working on some specials but more information will be shared as soon as possible. So keep an eye open and visit us on regular basis to stay up to date!
For now, we are able to pass you a link to our website of the 16th International Symposium On Perfusion. The prologue has been written and we are working on the next chapters. It looks like it will be a bestseller, so inform your colleagues and friends about the event, and have a sneak peak on the website.
Last Saturday we had a scientific meeting in collaboration with our Duthc colleagues. Those who were not there missed a really nice day! We even got milk and 'broodje kroket' at noon. Thank you to those who made the trip to Breda and we hope you to see you in two years for the Belgian version.
Missed the event?
If you were not able to attend the European Board of Perfusion event in Barcelona last year, but was interested in one of the presented topics, we have the solution. We are happy to see that other organisers invest in capturing the presentations, as well as gratefull that the speakers are willing to share this content.
If you want to look at one of those, visit the website.
We are excited to announce you the work behind the scenes delivered a superb collaboration with the NeSECC. We are able to provide you a mini symposium combined with a speeddate with the industry. First time we made this happen, and hope all goes smoothly and makes this a start of a more intense partnership with our Dutch colleagues.
The driving forces of the work wrote you following words:
With due pride, we cordially invite you to participate in the first BelSECT and NeSECC mini- symposium on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Amphia Hospital, Breda. The theme of this day is "Across the border". The scientific committees of both associations were able to compile an inspirational program in a relaxed atmosphere. This reflects that, in addition to the dissemination of knowledge, the maintenance of mutual cohesion between perfusion departments and individual professionals is of great importance.
Find out more in the link
Next one is up
Just a little less than one month away from our next Educative Evening. Program is finished and is available on the event section. All you have to do is prepare yourself for an interesting evening. See you there.
PS: if you have a member card, don't forget to bring it! Makes life so much easier.
Some of you might already have heard the sad news about Theo Gooris passing away last week. He was a perfusionist for over 30 years and was well known by the most of us. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult times.
What the future holds...
Last week, the KCE (Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center) published it's report concerning the forecast for Belgian hospitals. Next to a press release, the report "Required hospital capacity in 2025 and criteria for rationalisation of complex cancer surgery, radiotherapy and maternity services" is available at their website in Dutch, French and English.
Another new page
As new Board of BelSECT, we aim for a transparent management of our society with an open communication. In that order we want to inform you in any possible way with all the relevant stuff we get in our hands. Since the EBCP is an important organ in our professional carreer, we will put the meeting reports online on another new page. This page will only be available for active members under the login section of our site. If you logon into your account, there will be a title "Meeting Reports". Just come by now and then to see if there is an update available.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.