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Operating Room Debrief


What happens in your institutions after an unexpected severe complication in the operating room?

After you finish the case what happens?

Do you roll onto the next case straight away?

Do you feel your voice is heard if you have something important to share before, during, or after a crisis?


During this Operating Room Debrief workshop participants will:


  • Establish the importance of debriefing after an unexpected event

  • Discuss the short and long-term effects of not debriefing critical events

  • Understand the importance of debriefing with the whole team

  • Create a “tool-box” of skills to enable the participants to establish and lead a debriefing

Airway Workshops


Airway management is a crucial aspect of anesthesia practice and requires a high level of skill and expertise.

At #ICISA2023 #Sepsis2023 we offer three separate workshops.


The airway workshops are the following ; Surgical, Pediatrics and One Lung Ventilation.
They will 
provide participants with a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience and will cover a

Range of topics including anatomy, assessment, and management of the airway, as well as advanced airway

Techniques such as difficult airway algorithms, fiberoptic intubation, and surgical airway management.

Please see the detailed descriptions below for each workshop.


The airway workshops will be led by experienced anesthesiologists and will include interactive sessions, a chance to practice

Practical skills. By the end of the airway workshops, participants will have a deeper understanding of airway management and

Will be better equipped to handle challenging airway situations in the clinical setting. Whether you are a seasoned

Anesthesiologist or just starting out in the field, these airway workshops will provide valuable insights and practical skills that

Can be immediately applied in your practice.

Dissection Lab – Anesthesia Machine


Have you ever wondered what’s under the cover of your anesthesia machine, how the bellows work, or where the flow

sensor is? Well here is your chance.


During this session participants will:


  • Dissect an anesthesia machine and see all the internal workings

  • See the evolution of anesthesia machines and circuits over the last 75 years

  • Learn some tips and tricks for dealing with common anesthesia machine problems

Suitable for: anesthesiologists, intensivists, respiratory technicians, anesthesia technicians, ICU nurses, and anyone

else involved in the care of ventilated patients.

Equipment Workshops


The equipment workshops at this anesthesia conference provide a comprehensive overview of hemodynamic monitoring,

Neuromonitoring, and patient blood management. Participants will learn about the latest equipment and technology in these areas,

As well as how to effectively use and interpret the data they provide. The workshops will be led by experienced

Anesthesiologists and will include interactive sessions, case discussions, and practical skills training.

By the end of the workshops, participants will have a deeper understanding of these important aspects of

Anesthesia practice and will be better equipped to provide high-quality patient care.

Workshop on Viscoelastic Testing


The viscoelastic testing workshop is a comprehensive educational program aimed at providing participants with

an in-depth understanding of viscoelastic testing in the perioperative setting. This type of testing involves measuring

the viscoelastic properties of blood, which can provide important information about coagulation status and help guide

the management of bleeding and coagulopathy. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a deeper

understanding of viscoelastic testing and its role in patient care.


 During this session participants will:


  • Learn about the principles of viscoelastic testing, including the different types of tests and their applications

  • Understand interpretation and clinical significance of test results.

Hands-on sessions will provide practical experience with the equipment and techniques used in viscoelastic testing, including the use of thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM).

 Faculty: The workshops will be led by experienced clinicians and will include interactive sessions, case discussions, and practical skills training.

Introduction to PoCUS


Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) is a critical skill for healthcare professionals working in the operating room and related settings. These workshops provide a comprehensive introduction to the use of ultrasound for real-time assessment and guidance. Participants will learn the fundamentals of PoCUS, including anatomy, imaging techniques, and interpretation of images. These hands-on workshops will also emphasize the importance of proper technique, quality assurance, and patient safety. No prior PoCUS knowledge is required for these workshops.

POCUS Trans Esophageal Echo


Transesophageal echocardiography is often the easiest cardiac imaging modality in the operating room; however, it is a skill that not many anesthesiologists outside of cardiothoracic operating rooms have. In the context of a hemodynamically unstable patient TEE may be useful to help anesthesiologists decide on the next treatment steps, particularly if the patient requires:

Fluids; Ionotropic or vasoconstrictor support; External cardiac support for example ECMO;

During this session participants will:

  • Understand the basics of TEE image acquisition

  • Be able to obtain five key cardiac images

  • To be able to interpret these images in the context of a hemodynamically unstable patient

  • To instigate treatment or call for additional support based on these images

Suitable for: anesthesiologists and intensivists involved in the management of hemodynamically unstable patients. This course is not intended for cardiothoracic anesthesiologists or for TEE during cardiac surgery. Valvular pathology and advanced cardiac pathology will not be covered during this course

PoCUS Sepsis


Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and is the most common type of shock seen in hospitals in general and in emergency departments in particular. Unlike haemorrhagic or cardiogenic shock, the culprit site, organ or tissue is often not immediately evident. Approximately one third of patients in septic shock are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed after preliminary work up and investigations. Given their unstable status, advanced imaging to identify the source of infection is generally not an option Nevertheless targeted treatment needs to be initiated opportunely be it surgical debridement, more often, appropriate antibiotic therapy. Hence, timely identification of the source of sepsis is critical. We propose a methodological and focused approach to ultrasound scanning of the septic patient to help identify the most likely source and guide the most appropriate therapy. Building upon previously published techniques and evidence, the SEPSIS protocol and workshop focuses on teaching clinicians new to point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS) or have some experience with ultrasound, a series of focused scanning techniques and methods to help identify the source of infection and direct therapy accordingly.

Each part of the SEPSIS PoCUS protocol will be taught over one-hour sessions. These workshops assume prior PoCUS knowledge.

 Each module is designed to stand-alone, so you may register for all or select those you are interested in.



Transform Your Leadership Skills in 60 Minutes: Leading with Precision Workshop


Are you an ambitious early-career anesthesiologist looking for a quick but impactful way to boost your leadership skills? Designed specifically for professionals like you, our "Leading with Precision" workshop delivers high-value, specialized training—all in the span of a single hour. This isn't a run-of-the-mill leadership session; it's a fast-paced, interactive experience laser-focused on the unique challenges and opportunities in the field of anesthesiology.


Expect to be fully engaged as you participate in dynamic exercises and take away actionable tools and strategies. This is your chance to build essential skills that will enable you to excel in both clinical settings and managerial roles. Plus, it's a unique opportunity to network and share insights with like-minded professionals.


Whether you're looking to lead more effectively in the operating room or to take on greater responsibilities within your healthcare organization, take the leap and join us for an hour that could transform your future in anesthesiology.



Lara Zador, MD, Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, Director, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Pain Clinic, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine, Henry Ford Health , Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michael C. Lewis MD, FASA. Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, & Perioperative Medicine, Joseph L. Ponka Chair, Henry Ford Health System

Professor, Chair (Interim), Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Ethics Workshop


What do you need in your ethical tool box.

Educational aims:

We are going discuss medical ethics in difficult clinical decisions.
We will start by presenting basic ethical principles and law and then apply this to different clinical scenarios.


General Ethics: How do we know if something is good? What systems of ethics do you know? What are the 4 Principles? How do they impact on medicine?

Thinking critically: What are the problems with the 4 principles? Are there better ways than the 4 principles for acting ethically or do we need more (or less) principles? What are the virtues which a doctor should have? What are the problems with using virtues in ethics?

Laws and Rights: What Rights do you have? How do those rights affect the provision of health care?

Thinking critically… Are some rights more important than others? What are the problems with talking about “rights”? Are there other ways we can protect people? If we think that autonomy is important, should people have the right to choose to die?


Dilemmas: Consent

You are reviewing a patient in the pre-op clinic. They are for a large abdominal operation. They are a Jehovah’s Witness. They have said they don’t want any blood during the operation.


Dilemmas: End of Life decisions

You are in ICU. You are asked to see an elderly housebound patient with a severe chest infection. You do not think they will survive. They are too unwell for you to have a conversation with them. Their family says “they would want everything done”


Dilemmas: Capacity, Autonomy and Mental Health

You are asked to see a patient with anorexia. They are refusing any treatment. You are asked to anaesthetise them to facilitate the insertion of an NJ tube.


Dilemmas: Confidentiality
Are there limits to patient confidentiality? What are the principles behind breeching patient confidentiality?

How would you approach these scenarios: An epileptic who has been admitted with seizures who wants to drive home at discharge? A newly diagnosed patient with HIV who is refusing to tell their partner? A victim of domestic violence who does not want any social work or police involvement? How does genetic testing present additional difficulties with confidentiality?

Monitoring Workshop for the Central Nervous System in the Operating Room


The brain is our target organ when we talk about general anesthesia. The standard monitors we use to monitor patients do not monitor our target organ, and relay on sympathetic reactions to triggers.

This workshop covers different modalities that monitor the brain. It deals with different aspects of the brain and peripheral nervous system function like brain electric activity, cerebral blood flow and cerebral oxygenation, motor and sensory activity and cranial nerve function. It includes hands-on training from experts and clinical case studies and seeks to give the participants the confidence to use the different brain monitoring modalities and to emphasize the importance of using them. 


During this session participants will:

  •  Learn the conceptual and practical aspects of intraoperative neuromonitoring.

Reading the EEG waveform 

The learner will learn how to perform and interpret EEG with EEG based monitors in the operating room. The learner will gain an understanding of the effects of anesthesia on the EEG, and be able to differentiate between different states of sedation and anesthesia. The different forms of EEG presentation like row EEG, spectral EEG, EEG signal quality and EMG interference will be shown. 

Near-infrared spectroscopy

Cerebral oximetry by Near-infrared spectroscopy will be presented. Principles of the monitor will be taught and the benefits of its monitoring in the operating room will be emphasized.

Evoked potentials

The learner will get an understanding of what is somatosensory evoked potentials, motor evoked potentials, EMG and peripheral nerve monitoring and brain stem auditory evoked potentials. An emphasize will be on the effects of different anesthetics on these potentials, the problems the neurophysiologist faces during the operation and the importance of the anesthesiologist role in helping with peripheral nervous system monitoring.

Hands on and clinical cases


Suitable for: anesthesiologists, anesthesia residents, critical care physicians, neurologists.  

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