| Izah Azahari |
A TOTAL of 150 healthcare professionals yesterday participated in the Anaesthesia Conference 2014, which was held at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The conference was organised by the Society of Anaesthesiologists in Brunei Darussalam with the cooperation of the Department of Anaesthesia of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.
Present as the guest of honour to officiate the event was Dr Hajah Rahmah binti Haji Md Said, the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health.
Also present was the President of the Society of Anaesthesiologists in Brunei Darussalam, Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif, who opened the event with a welcoming speech.
This was followed by a speech made by the guest of honour who praised the efforts of the professional societies in actively supporting their colleagues and concerned departments in raising professional standards.
Dr Hajah Rahmah also highlighted in her speech that the theme of this year’s conference – ‘Perioperative Medicine – The Anaesthetic Connection’ – reflects an emerging field in anaesthesia where there is an increasing focus on patient-centric care, starting from the outpatient through to the surgery as well as to the discharge of the patient.
“This is particularly relevant for us in Brunei Darussalam where we have a high percentage of patients with non-communicable diseases like hypertension, ishaemic heart disease, DM, renal failure and obesity coming for surgery,” added the acting permanent secretary.
Furthermore, the guest of honour explained that there is an increasing need in managing anti-coagulation and anti-platelet treatment preventing coronary stent thrombosis and obstructive sleep apnoea, taking active measures to reduce blood transfusion, risk assessment as well as risk reduction in obese patients, to name a few.
The event also featured the presentation on ‘Perioperative Guidelines’ by the president of the society to the guest of honour which was compiled by the society in collaboration with the Department of Anaesthesia as a contribution to the Ministry of Health consisting of standard operating procedures for safe handling of patients in their perioperative period and will be utilised by all hospitals in Brunei.
This is the third anaesthesia conference organised by the society.
This year’s event was attended by anaesthesiologists, intensivists, surgeons, physicians and nurses who are involved in the care of the surgical patients from the various hospitals in the country.
Among the topics that the conference looked at include Pre-assessment Clinics which was delivered by an invited speaker, Dr Hairil Rizal Abdullah, Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Director of the Preoperative Evaluation Clinic, Singapore General Hospital; Strategies to Reduce Blood Transfusion; Preoperative Optimisation of Fractured Neck of Femur; Management of Perioperative Anti-coagulants and Anti-platelet Drugs in Cardiac Patients; Anaesthesia for Obese Patients; and Perioperative Management of Elderly Patients; delivered by a few local consultants from the Department of Anaesthesia, Haematology & Clinical Laboratory and Cardiology of the Ministry of Health.
Also present was Professor Han De Boer, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Pain Specialist & Research Scientist at Martini General Hospital, Netherlands, who demonstrated the techniques of the use of the latest reversal of deep neuromuscular blockage at JPMC’s Gleneagles and Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait the previous day.
It is hoped that the new knowledge and techniques learnt from the conference can go hand in hand to provide excellent service, minimise complications and side effects as well as improve patient safety and satisfaction.
In addition, the conference will also help strengthen the network and encourage the exchange of ideas within the anaesthetic community within Brunei as well as the rest of the world.
The Society of Anaesthesiologists was launched on June 6, 2009 and its members comprised of not only anaesthesiologists but also nurses and other healthcare professionals who work closely with the field of anaesthesia.
The society has been very active in running workshops and producing guidelines in order to promote patient safety, improve patient care as well as to increase awareness of the role of the anaesthesiologists.