International Virtual Conference of Thai Society for Neuroanesthesia (TSNA)
Phuping Akavipat, MD, FRCAT, PhD
Program Director/ Executive Member, Thai Society for Neuroanesthesia
Thanachporn Boonsombat, MD, FRCAT
Program Coordinator/ Member of Thai Society for Neuroanesthesia
|Phuping Akavipat, MD, FRCAT, PhD|
|Thanachporn Boonsombat, MD, FRCAT|
In Thailand, a three-month training program on neuroanesthesia was formulated in 2017 for international anesthesiologists. Every year, diligent trainees from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in this course offered by the Neurological Institute of Thailand, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health.
Unfortunately, during the fourth year of the scheduled program, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us with one of the most challenging times the entire world witnessed. Therefore, to maintain the commitment of sharing the updated knowledge and evidence-based practice to our colleagues or to interact with the neuroanesthesia forum, we converted the 4th program to a virtual conference. The theme of this virtual meeting was “Challenges in Anesthesia for Stroke Patients: Fast & Furious."
The half-day virtual program was successfully organized on the 22nd of May 2021 with the participation of 327 delegates. There were forty-six participants from the foreign countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, Bhutan, Nepal, and Mongolia; 91% were from the ASEAN countries.
The scientific contents emphasized on the clinical application of anesthesia for mechanical thrombectomy, intracranial aneurysmal clipping, wide craniectomy, anesthetic management for post-stroke patients scheduled for non-neurosurgery, and care of postoperative stroke patients. In addition, various speakers from the Neurological Institute of Thailand and Chiangmai Neurological Hospital contributed. The meeting was rated excellent for its scientific deliberations.
We hope that the pandemic scenario would change soon and are looking forward to having the future meeting once again in person. Till that time, stay safe, keep yourself strong!