Monday, 7 June 2021

64th WACEM-ACAIM Weekly Summit on Next Wave of COVID19

5th June 2021

The 64th Weekly Summit Focused on bringing together experts on addressing the following issues

Protocols for triage, transfer and treatment at primary care and secondary care level.

Further discussion was done on the weight based algorithms for care. 

Critical recognition of sick children and appropriate transfer protocol was referred to .

Children below 12 will need special recognition as they are not being  vaccinated.


63rd WACEM-ACAIM Weekly Summit on Next Wave of COVID19

29th May 2021


The 63rd  Weekly Summit Focused on bringing together experts on addressing the following issues

Preparedness for COVID19 for 3rd Wave

It was emphasized that weight based algorithms should become the standard of care in Emergency Pediatrics.

Critical recognition of sick children and appropriate transfer protocol is needed.

Children below 12 will need special recognition as they are not being vaccinated.

Proctocols were being written as we move ahead.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

62nd Weekly Summit : The 6th Annual Academic International Medicine Congress 2021 (Virtual Edition) by ACAIM

 

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AIM2021
Academic International Medicine Annual Congress
Best Practices in Shifting Landscapes

The Weekly Summit was held in partnership with the AIM2021 Congress. Members attended various sessions of the Congress.

Highlight Session:
Best Practices in International Research 
Research Education—Dr. Arun Kumar 
COVID Vaccine Research—Dr. Paul Kilgore 
Research Networks—Dr. Prashant Mahajan 
Strategic Analysis- Dr Joseph Hanna 
Research Capacity and Implementation- Dr Bhakti Hansoti

Key Note Address was delivered by NIH Fogarty International Center Chief Dr. Roger Glass. 

https://www.acaim.org/resources/Documents/AIM%202021%20Agenda%204.27.2021.pdf



61st WACEM-ACAIM Weekly Summit on Next Wave of COVID19

 15th May 2021

The 61st Weekly Summit Focused on bringing together experts on addressing the following issues

Preparedness for COVID19 for 3rd Wave

Mucormycotic Medication Formulary has to be specified and standardized for care.

Critical recognition of sick children is key for proper resource utilization.

Approval of Vaccine for 12 years and older lays additional burden on speeding the vaccine program.

Need for Planning is key

ACAIM2021 will held on 21-22-23 May 2021 and everyone for appraised and invited to attend.

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

60th WACEM-ACAIM Weekly Summit on Pediatric COVID19

8th May 2021

The 60th Weekly Summit Focused on bringing together experts on addressing the following issues

1.  Pediatric Immunization for COVID19

2. Pediatric Clinical Algorithms for COVID care

Inflammation is the major manifestation in Pediatric COVID patients.

Medication Formulary has to be specified and standardized for care.

Critical recognition of sick children is key for proper resource utilization.

Approval of Vaccine for 12 years and older lays additional burden on speeding the vaccine program.

Need for Planning is key

Following paper was Discussed:

2019 WACEM - Academic College of Emergency Experts Consensus Recommendations on Admission Criteria to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit from the Emergency Departments in India.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31198285/



Saturday, 1 May 2021

59th Weekly Summit with ACAIM-WACEM Deciated to COVID19 Resurgence

 


Dr. Galwankar started this week's discussions by revisiting a concept proposed in early 2020 meetings by Dr. Irshad Choudry - that obesity is already a chronic inflammatory state. We visited the question of whether there is scope to control the state of inflammation, however given the prolonged, or rather sustained, state of inflammation, it unlikely for there to be a quick solution. Thiazolidinediones (glitazones) were proposed with a similar hypothesis in parts of the world, but held back because of their adverse effect profile. Lifestyle modifications are important, however, not a quick solution either. COVID-19 infections need us to act swiftly and often aggressively.

With that, we move to the combination of montelukast, colchicine, and aspirin - 'COVI-MAC'. Following from Dr. Sean Downing's theory, initially discussed in early 2020 as well, Dr. Vivek Chauhan shared his brilliant presentation. The pathophysiology of COVID-19 illness centers around hypoxia and multiorgan failure caused due to a cytokine release syndrome (and at its worst, a cytokine storm). It is proposed that montelukast and aspirin both inhibit the eicosanoid storm and NF-kappaB activation. Aspirin, of course, is also an antiplatelet agent. Colchicine is thought to be an inhibitor of inflammasomes. Individually, they have their own benefits, however, it is proposed that used in combination, the COVI-MAC regime would produce results, particularly when used as an early intervention in SARS-COV-2 positive patients. With due permissions and precautions, our teams are embarking on studies to move this beyond the hypothetical, to the practical and applicable. 







Monday, 26 April 2021

58th Weekly Summit with ACAIM-WACEM : Dedicated to War with Variants of COVID in 2021


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24th April 2022

The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine and The American College of Academic International Medicine had a Special Global Meeting dedicated to the resurgence of COVID Variants in 2021.

As countries such as Indian grapple with the resurgence of COVID infections, it was apt time to address few important aspects of the Pandemic.

1. COVID Pandemic will now be a Cyclical Endemic 
2. COVID Prevention with revolve around Human Behavior and Vaccine Acceptability
3. Physician Competencies and Health Care Processes will need to be restructured around this new norm
4. Vaccine Boosters and Chronic COVID manifestations will happen.
5. The rising reality of Pediatric COVID has to be addressed.

Speakers:

Prof. Venkat (IIM Lucknow) : Spoke on the Restructuring of Oxygen Supply chain across India

Prof. Siddharth Dubhashi (AIIMS Nagpur): Presented update on the Plant Based Study for COVID Care

Dr. Indrani Sardesai (UK): Presented the UK COVID Data 

Dr. Sagar Sinha (India): Discussed the current COVID Situation in Mumbai and the various strategies being adopted to curb the surge.

Dr. Veronica Sikka (USA): Discussed about the update on the TeleHealth Consensus paper which is being worked on. 





 

Saturday, 17 April 2021

57th Weekly Summit with WHO-CCET : Dedicated to Developing Academic Emergency Medicine in India Session -IV

 17th April 2021

70 Colleges participated in The 56th Week weekly Summits Dedicated to implementing the NITIAyog India mandate to developing Academic Emergency Medicine departments across medical colleges in India.

Professor Sanjeev Bhoi

Director of the World Health Organization Center for Emergency and Trauma in SEARO

Professor Siddharth Dubhashi

Head of Surgical Disciplines AIIMS Nagpur

Dr. Sagar Galwankar

CEO, INDUSEM

Dr. Tej Sinha 

Associate Professor of AIIMS, EM New Delhi

Update on the Status of the 0f Compliance with the mandate was given to the new colleges being inducted

Detail discussion was done on

1. Faculty Development Program: With progress made in individual components of curriculum

2. Departmental Guidelines were mentioned in further detail with focus on resuscitation

3. Academic Processes with regards to syllabus

4. Implementation of the Mandate with FDP aimed for June 1st 2021

 

56th Weekly Summit with WHO-CCET : Dedicated to Developing Academic Emergency Medicine in India Session -III

 

10th April 2021

30 Colleges participated in The 56th Week weekly Summits Dedicated to implementing the NITIAyog India mandate to developing Academic Emergency Medicine departments across medical colleges in India.

Faculty: 

Professor Praveen Aggarwal

Head of AIIMS Emergency Medicine

Professor Sanjeev Bhoi

Director of the World Health Organization Center for Emergency and Trauma in SEARO

Professor Siddharth Dubhashi

Head of Surgical Disciplines AIIMS Nagpur

Dr. Sagar Galwankar

CEO, INDUSEM

Dr. Tej Sinha 

Associate Professor of AIIMS, EM New Delhi

Update on the Status of the 161 Colleges in Compliance given to the 30 new  colleges being inducted. 

Detail discussion was done on

1. Faculty Development Program: The fundamentals and core curriculum

2. Departmental Guidelines for providing quality EM Care

3. Academic Processes for teaching and taking exams

4. Implementation of the Mandate in the coming months with FDP planned for June 1st Launch

Saturday, 3 April 2021

55th Weekly Summit with WHO-CCET : Dedicated to Developing Academic Emergency Medicine in India Session -II

3rd April 2021

66 Colleges participated in The 55th Week weekly Summits Dedicated to implementing the NITIAyog India mandate to developing Academic Emergency Medicine departments across medical colleges in India.

Faculty: Professor Praveen Aggarwal

Head of AIIMS Emergency Medicine

Professor Sanjeev Bhoi

Director of the World Health Organization Center for Emergency and Trauma in SEARO

Professor Siddharth Dubhashi

Head of Surgical Disciplines AIIMS Nagpur

Dr. Sagar Galwankar

CEO, INDUSEM

Update on the Status of the 95 Colleges in Compliance with the mandate was given to the new 66 colleges being inducted. 

Detail discussion was done on

1. Faculty Development Program

2. Departmental Guidelines

3. Academic Processes

4. Implementation of the Mandate

54th Weekly Summit with WHO-CCET : Dedicated to Developing Academic Emergency Medicine in India Session -I

27th March 2021

95 Colleges participated in The 54th Week marked the beginning of Weekly Summits Dedicated to implementing the NITIAyog India mandate to developing Academic Emergency Medicine departments across medical colleges in India.

Faculty: 

Professor Praveen Aggarwal

Head of AIIMS Emergency Medicine

Professor Sanjeev Bhoi

Director of the World Health Organization Center for Emergency and Trauma in SEARO

Professor Siddharth Dubhashi

Head of Surgical Disciplines AIIMS Nagpur

Dr. Sagar Galwankar

CEO, INDUSEM

Dr. Tej Sinha 

Associate Professor of AIIMS, EM New Delhi

Detail discussion was done on

1. Faculty Development Program

2. Departmental Guidelines

3. Academic Processes

4. Implementation of the Mandate

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

The 53rd WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on BIG DATA Analytics & the COVID Pandemic

Date: 20th March 2021

The WHO collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma (WHO-CCET) for South east Asia (SEA) partnered with WACEM and ACAIM to hold its Preliminary meeting on promoting BIG DATA Analytics in the New Norm of COVID19.

Dr. Vivek Chauhan presented a brief overview of Cloud Computing and its application in BIG DATA Systems.

Mr. Kevin from Phase Zero presented the Platform which is being developed and emphasized that machine learning could be incorporated in the development of multi-centre research ecosystems.

Dr. Ankit Sahoo discussed the process of Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews. He also presented the step by step process which culminates in a good assessment of all major data sets.

Dr. Sunil Raina discussed the concept of Electronic Epidemiology using PubMed datasets. He demonstrated the need for Multi-Step analytical process to evaluate differences in data sets.

Dr. Prabath Nanayakkara from Amsterdam discussed about the application of Evidence Based Medicine principles when interpreting data sets.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The 52nd WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit In Partnership with WHO-CCET (SEA)

Date: 13th March 2021

The Second Closed Session meeting of the WHO collaborating Center for Emergency and Trauma (WHO-CCET) for South east Asia (SEA)was held.

Safe Emergency Care is the cornerstone Quality Health Services delivery.

Leaders from Bangaladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand and India participated in this meeting.

Special invited experts from around the world were also present.

The National Acccreditation Board of Hospital and Healthcare Providers (NABH) was also represented.

Detail discussions were held on developing quality processes and advancing certification across South east Asia.

The session was held to focus on the promulgation of Quality process to encompass emergency and trauma services into the newly developing emergency departments across India.

The discussion highlighted multiple factors around Quality Process Based education, research and patient care in Medical training.

Assessor Training was considered a key part of the process.

Quality control was also discussed in detail.

The agenda also addressed the acceleration of the Quality Education Curricula across academic hospitals in India.

  It was emphasized that there was a need for creating a framework for Quality Patient Care Training in Rural , Urban , Academic and Non Academic Health Care Facilities.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

The 51st WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit In Partnership with WHO-CCET (SEA)

Date: 6th March 2021

The First Closed Session meeting of the WHO collaborating Center for Emergency and Trauma (WHO-CCET) for South east Asia (SEA)was held.

In the New Normal of COVID Many new protocols, teaching methodologies and research protocols will be needed to advance Trauma and Emergency Services.

The session was held to focus on the promulgation of trauma services into the newly developing emergency departments across India.

The discussion highlighted multiple factors around education, research and patient care.

Faculty development and treatment protocols were very important when Synergy had to be maintained between emergency medicine and trauma surgery.

  Quality control was also discussed in detail.

The agenda also addressed the acceleration of pediatric emergency and trauma services at academic hospitals in India.

A synergy between pediatric surgery. pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery as well as pediatrics was needed to develop the services across academic hospitals in India.

It was emphasized that there was a need for creating a framework for surgical trauma, orthopedic trauma, vascular trauma, neurosurgical trauma, both in adults and pediatrics

Monday, 1 March 2021

The 50th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (The Finale) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19


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The Grand Finale of the Global e-Congress on Simulation Education in Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic was a magnanimous event with educators from all around the world convening virtually into the WACEM Virtual Conference hall.

The session was well received by Simulation experts and exemplary educators from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Israel, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia and other member countries of the World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

The finale comprised of the India session following up on sessions by experts from Singapore, US and New Zealand serially over the past 3 weeks.

The Global e-Congress COVISIM2021 was been conceived by WACEM in collaboration with the WHO- CCET, ACAIM, AIIMS, EMA India, ACEE India all affiliated with INDUSEM.

The stellar finale invited the best of speakers from 2 of the premier Simulation Centres with established academic Emergency Medicine Departments in India- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal and D Y Patil University, Mumbai.

The Simulation Division from KMC Manipal, (SIMians) comprised of Dr. Vimal Krishnan, Dr. Sanjan A, Dr. Freston Sirur and Dr. Jayaraj Balakrishnan.

Dr. Ajit Baviskar was the SIM- Educator expert from D Y Patil Mumbai.

The sessions were unique and ranged from the basic tenet of Simulation designing for SIMeducator, POCUS in Simulation, InSituSim, Biosafety innovations and Simulation.

The sessions invoked cerebral discussions between the experts and plans for international collaboration under the WACEM-GloSIM Network.

“The success of the non-stop 50 weeks of collaborative e-learning sessions by WACEM defines the Bullish position of WACEM as a global leader in the Academic Circuits during the COVID Pandemic” declared Dr. Sagar Galwankar, CEO INDUSEM and Executive Director of WACEM.


 

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The 49th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Session III) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19



The 3rd Session (20th Feb 2021) of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit was studded with presentations by the esteemed Academic Emergency Medicine Faculty from The University of South Florida Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation (CAMLS). 

Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Haru OKUDA, MD, FACEP, FSSH

Dr. Okuda spoke about the state of simulation and his journey in the academic world of simulation education and medicine.  He discussed the role of simulation to advance educational science in medicine.  He presented various video presentations which demonstrated proficient engagement of stimulation technologies during the COVID pandemic.  He emphasized the role of using Simulation teaching methodologies  which included simulation drills for preparing healthcare workers to deal with COVID patients with various pathologies.  Emphasis was also laid on the fact that a new normal would need stimulation technology to be incorporated.

Dr. Bradley Peckler, MD, FACEP

Dr. Peckler is a leader in Simulation from New Zealand.  We discussed about various initiatives taken by his center during the COVID pandemic.  He was quick to emphasize that has no COVID patients and the preparedness efforts would still be in place in case there was new cases which emerged from international travel.

 

Dr. Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH, MBA

 

Dr. Mahajan presented is part breaking research in arena of artificial intelligence and ambient reality.  He presented with here is fair artificial intelligent augmented reality and ambient reality are all combined for decision-making in the emergency situations.  A lot of discussion was held on this topic after his lecture.


 The Closing 27th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Key Note Presentations from Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE).

 



Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The 48th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Session II) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

 

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The 2nd Session (13th Feb 2021) of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit began with presentations by the esteemed Academic Emergency Medicine Faculty from The Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia which is the Home of The Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Dr. Robert & Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills & Simulation Center. 

Summary of Presentations:

Dr. Shruti Chandra
COVID19 disrupted the educational opportunities the simulation and clinical skills center at Jefferson offers. We described the various modifications we made to our training programs including a grab-and-go model, in-situ simulation to not only teach our regularly scheduled educational programs but also to prepare the emergency department for the pandemic (PPE, intubation etc). We offered solutions to pivot to virtual simulation education and easy to build home models for high fidelity procedural task trainers. We also offered strategies for in-person teaching with focus on distancing, PPE, disinfecting and other adaptations for a successful return to the simulation center.
Lastly, we focused continuing to apply these innovations for simulation education beyond COVID19 pandemic and highlight that elaborate simulation set ups and mannequins are not required for an effective and successful simulation education program. 

Dr. Elizabeth Lee and Dr. Efrat Kean
In-situ simulation allows for deliberate practice of specific roles, identification of latent safety threats, and during the pandemic provided reassurance to practitioners that a clear plan was in place to prevent workplace exposure to Covid-19 virus. We also shared ideas on how to provide task trainers for remote and home learning during the pandemic.

Dr. Ronald Hall
He described the Grab 'n Go model that helps facilitate educational consultation between simulation program coordinator and faculty, where the center has an assembly line of simulation task trainers and itemized checklist and arranges for contents to be returned to drop off site at center and sanitized 

We also described how we reimagined how to perform a physical examination, placed further emphasis on student communication skills and analyzed the effects of alternative learning activities. We tackled the logistics of a Virtual OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). 

Dr. Jared Kilpatrick and Dr. Kelly Kehm
We used Full Code, a virtual simulation serious game from Minerva Medical for the education of both residents and medical students. Virtual simulation was used across multiple applications for both skill development and assessment. Using virtual simulation afforded faculty new opportunities for improved understanding of learner thought processes.

Dr. Anthony Sielicki
He discussed the use of virtual simulation and telecommunication with a standardized patient to train emergency medicine residents to deliver bad news, as well as best practices to mitigate trainee distress when simulations are planned with poor patient outcomes.


 The 20th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Key Note Presentations from Prof. Okuda President Elect of The Society for Simulation in HealthCare, Dr. Brad Peckler from New Zealand and Prof. Mahajan from Michigan University.

 


Saturday, 6 February 2021

The 47th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Inaugural Session) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

 

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The Inaugural Session of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit began with presentations by the Singapore General Hospital Simulation Institute led by Prof. Fatimah Lateef.

Simulation and Technology-Driven Education: Riding the Wave of Change with COVID 19

Prof. Dr. Fatimah Lateef

Singapore

COVID 19 posed multiple challenges in various domains of medical education. One major drawback was the inability to conduct face to face training and teaching, which had always been the norm and cornerstone of medical education. Utilizing the concepts of simulation-based learning, computer-based learning, remote and virtual learning and simulation, the use of virtual patients with problem-based learning, we embarked on training the  healthcare professions utilizing surrogate learning methodologies. COVID 19 presented a fertile ground which enabled us to look at old and current practices through fresh eyes

This presentation will also share the concept of computer-based simulation to meet the set learning objectives, the administrative support, the roles and responsibilities of faculty and facilitators. The issue of fidelity as well as interfacing is also highlighted in maximizing the experience of the learners, who are part of a virtual team. Computer-based simulation can also be an effective tool to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning capabilities. 

With the greater load of training being conducted online, it is also timely to remind everyone of the netiquette of online and virtual teaching and learning. It refers to a set of core rules that outlines what should and should not be done online, in maintaining common courtesy.

 

Simulation-driven Solutions for COVID-19: Through the Human Factors Lenses 

Dr. Yin Shanqing

Singapore

 COVID-19 highlighted challenges in collaborative performances that traditionally plagued teams even before the pandemic. In many care settings since COVID-19, team members have to don full PPE, N95 masks, and even Positive Air Pressure Respirators (PAPR). This exacerbated the accurate identification of team members, muffled speech communication, and possibly even hindered timely care delivery as team members raced to don PPE safely. 

Beyond training and education, simulation can be an effective platform for applying human factors insights and developing interventions driven by human factors science. This presentation shares how a prototype solution, developed from a separate simulation effort, helped to enhance urgent care delivery during COVID-19. Other human factors issues faced by clinicians during time-critical COVID-19 care will also be discussed. 


The SingHealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation Response to COVID 19

Ms. Madhavi Suppiah

Singapore

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused simulation centres globally, to re-imagine and re-engineer the education and training they provide. This has to continue despite social distancing measures and personal as well as team hygiene management that are essential to patient safety. Infrastructire and environmental management and control also becomes important.

Simulation plays a significant role in the education and training of healthcare professionals and it is vital to continue to operate taking into account the new measures & alternatives. This presentation will share how the Singhealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation ( SIMS) was affected from the early phases of the COVID 19 pandemic right into the re-opening to function in the new norm

It will also share how SIMS quickly responded to address the multiple elements and to adapt to the new paradigm.  Through collaborations and consultations, SIMS found innovative solutions on the format and delivery to continue to support our faculty and learners and also ensuring the health and safety of each individual is never compromised. Safe distancing and infection control measures will also discussed in the new norm of training, as SIMS aligned with the SingHealth Disaster Outbreak Taskforce (SDOT) and the  national guidelines of the Multi-Ministerial COVID 19 Taskforce in Singapore.

 The 13th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Presentations from The Thomas Jefferson University Simulation Center (JeffSIM), Philadelphia, USA.


Saturday, 30 January 2021

The 46th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 (Final Session) - Using POCUS in COVID19

 

                                                          

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30th January 2021

The Fifth and Final session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 30th  January 2021 from 6:30PM- 10:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 15 international leaders.

Live Lab:

BIOPROTECTION, POCUS and COVID Patients

A Partnership between Emergency Medicine Academic Faculty at the University of Florida at Jacksonville and Florida State University at Sarasota resulted in a Laboratory Video on BioProtection of the Human and POCUS machine during the provision of COVID-19 patient care.

Sanitization, Disinfection, low level cleaning and deep cleaning concepts were demonstrated and discussed. Burning question related to single gloving versus double gloving, design of Emergency Cubicles and methodologies of simulation based education were also discussed.

Faculty

Dr. Ashley Grant (FSU)

Dr. Andrew Shannon (UF)

Dr. Sagar Galwankar (FSU)

Dr. Dhanashree Kelkar (UF)

 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mike Smith, is a Senior Lecturer at School of Healthcare Sciences at College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.  Dr. Smith Disussed the importance of partnering to advance the science of POCUS. He highlighted on various scenarios and challenges faced by different leaders and specialties across the world.

Dr. Aruna Munasinghe was the Secretary General for WACEM 2017 & Founding President of Critical Care Forum of Sri Lanka. He is the International Coordinator, World Collaborating Center for Acute Care. Additionally he is the Consultant Physician & In-charge of Emergency Medicine, MICU & Department of Medicine, District General Hospital, Gampaha. Sri Lanka. Dr. Aruna discussed about I-POCUS and S-POCUS and also the Samurai model of POCUS based Care.

 Dr. Guru Karnati  is a Consultant Radiologist, Lead of Musculoskeletal Imaging at the Musgrove Park Hospital, United Kingdom. He is also the Member of the Royal College of Radiologists, United Kingdom. Dr. Karnati discussed about the situation and process flow at his hospital from the perspective of the radiology department. He also emphasized the need for wellness and highlighted the importance of taking breaks during providing care.

Research Presentations brought the curtain down on the Phenomenal COVIPCUS2021 which set new benchmarks in Global Sonographic Education.

 Partnering with WHO-CCET, WACEM and Universities across the world as well as bringing POCUS leaders onto one platform were the prominent achievements of COVIPOCUS2021

February 2021 will celebrate COVISIM2021 Congress : Every Saturday 6:30 PM India Time. COVISIM2021 will focus on Simulation Education on SARS-CoV2 and Survival. 

For Registrations: www.COVISIM2021.com


Sunday, 24 January 2021

The 45th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19

 

                                                           

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24th January 2021

The Fourth session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 23rd January 2021 from 6:30PM- 9:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 10 international leaders.

Key-Note Session

Speakers:

Dr. Christopher Fung from Michigan University Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Fung discussed about the various expanded uses of POCUS and current literature and recommendation for its use with patients with COVID19.

Prof. Prabath Nanayakkara from Netherlands and The Founder Member of The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Prabath discussed about creating the infrastructure for Randomized Control Trials in POCUS.

Special Session of Phase Zero Trials Team

A special presentation was done by Mr. Kevin Lee from Phase Zero Trials where we discussed about Image Driven RCT in POCUS and how latest technologies could bank and analyze the volumes of data being gathered from across the world.

Open House Discussion:

A Very vibrant discussion was held on various factors related to variability, bias and anthropology when collecting POCUS data across the world.

Dr. Vali (Tanzania) Dr. Fung (USA), Dr. Prabath (Netherlands) led the discussions.

Countries such as Turkey, Japan, France, South America, Spain  and a few others have medical education in national languages. It was reemphasized to share knowledge on POCUS from these Nations.

Medical Students and Licensed Medical Doctors need different research educational training standards and that would work to decrease interpersonal variability in data collection.  

Special Remarks were delivered by Dr. Patanjali Dev Nayyar from WHO SEARO on important aspects of strategies related to growing the use of POCUS in Medicine and health facilities across India.

Featured Research Presentation:

UTILITY OF LUS SCORING SYSTEM DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Presented By Dr. Sanjan. A                                                                                              Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,                                                                              Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

The COVID-19 pandemic, has affected healthcare systems around the globe, especially in triaging and prioritizing patients for testing and isolation, especially when dealing with atypical presentations. Computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest is the imaging modality of choice. Interstitial involvement was the main finding. Lung ultrasound (LUS) is an alternative to chest CT that had gained popularity in the triage, diagnosis, and follow up and even to prognosticate the COVID patient. Recent studies had shown the utility of LUS in the diagnosis of COVID-19 that showed various findings ranging from A lines to consolidation depending on the severity of the infection. In addition to this LUS scoring system has gained popularity with score ranging from 0 to 36. Studies have shown LUS could be used for strategizing the management plan of the patients, could diagnose early VAP. Increase in LUS score had a relation with severity of ARDS or worsening respiratory failure, whereas decrease in LUS had been used to wean the patient from ventilator.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

The 44th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19

 

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16th January 2021

The  Third session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 16th January 2021 from 6:30PM-8:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 15 international leaders.

Key Note Session

Speakers:

Dr. Ashley Grant from the Florida State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Florida, USA 

Dr. Grant Discussed various presentations of MIS in Children and emphasized the use of POCUS in diagnosing MIS Presentations in Children. She presented phenomenal cases and POCUS images.

Prof. Basar Cander, President of The Emergency Physicians Association of Turkey and The Founder Member of The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Basar discussed all the initiatives EPAT has taken to escalate POCUS Education and its usage during the COVID Pandemic.

Open House Discussion:

A Very vibrant discussion was held on the usage of POCUS and an important aspect of Linguistic Barriers in POCUS Education. Countries such as Turkey, Japan and a few others have medical education in national languages. It is important to share knowledge on POCUS from these Nations.

Prof.. Tato from India emphasized that to make the usage of POCUS a commonplace we have to standardize the education models and gear them towards target audiences. 

Medical Students and Licensed Medical Doctors need different educational standards and benchmarks. 

This was recognized as a humongous effort and the team embraced this initiative to develop such models.

A discussion was also held on energizing the acceptability of POCUS in Pediatrics. This was a far bigger challenge then we could imagine and many aspects were discussed. 

A special Panel Discussion was also held on the Expanded use of Doppler in Emergency Care. Prof. Shannon from University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine at Jacksonville and Prof. Munasinghe, WACEM Secretary General (2017) from Sri Lanka actively led the discussions. 

e-QatarHealth2021

The Virtual QatarHealth2021 Congress focused on Preparedness for FIFA2022 in Qatar will be held from 20th of January. Everyone was invited for the same by WACEM Secretary General (2018) Prof. Hassan Al-Thani. 





Monday, 11 January 2021

The 43rd WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19


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Date:  9th January 2021

The Second session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 9th January 2021 from 6:30PM-8:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 12 international leaders.

Dr. Sagar Galwankar, Executive Director of WACEM welcomed the delegates and faculty to the E-Conference and gave a brief insight into the expanding role of Point Of Care ultrasound in the Emergency Department.

Keynote Session

The proceedings were moderated By Dr Eran Tal-Or.

Dr. Eran Tal-Or is the Director of Emergency Medicine Department, Poria Medical Cente, Kinneret Area, Israel.

The First speaker was NIH Fogarty Grant Award Winner Dr. Rockefeller Oteng from University of Michigan. Dr Oteng is credited for developing Academic Emergency Medicine in Ghana. He elaborated on how POCUS has helped in diagnosing and monitoring patients with COVID 19 specially in GHANA were facilities like CT scans are scarce.

Dr. John Gullett was the second Speaker of the session. Dr Gullett is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in UAB, Alabama, USA. Dr John Gullet talked on the extra-pulmonary uses of POCUS in COVID -19. He focused his talk on the usefulness of POCUS in cardiac monitoring of patients with COVID-19 as well as on evaluating volume status in such patients.

Dr. Asheesh Vali, from Tanzania elborated on the Radiologist perspective of lung ultrasonography in COVID-19 patients. He gave a detailed description of various findings on lung Ultrasonography of a patient with COVID-19, and how lung ultrasonography compares with CT in patients with COVID-19.

Panel Discussion: POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 INFECTION

Panelists

Dr Prashant Mahajan, Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, USA

Dr John Gullett, Director of Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, UAB Family Medicine Centre, Alabama, USA

Dr Asheesh Vali, Senior Radiologist, Hitech Sai Hospital, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Dr Rockfeller Oteng, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ghana

Dr Christopher Fung, Assistant Professor, Division of Critical Care, Department of Emergency Medicine, Univ of Michigan, USA

Moderator

Dr Akshay Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

General Conclusion

The panelists agreed that there is a limited experience of using POCUS in Pediatric patients. Globally in the academic emergency medicine training there is more focus on adult emergency medicine and that needs to change. Need for actual research in pediatric emergency medicine and point of care ultrasound in children rather than simple extrapolation from the adult age group.

Technology & Innovation

Dr. Mahajan emphasized that technology also needs to be harnessed to make ultrasound easy to perform in the pediatric age group for example using the butterfly ultrasound machine or other smaller tablet-based sonography technologies will make it easier for the child patient and the provider.

Research/ Future Directions

Emphasis for research in multisystem inflammatory syndrome of children (MIS-C) commonly identified in children and working to explore the role of POCUS in extrapulmonary conditions and organs like the heart, inferior vena cava for volume assessment and thrombus assessment in proximal and distal veins.

Developing collaborative deidentified baseline repository in pediatric POCUS which will help us identify geographical and regional variations and hence generating big data should give us better understanding of the role of POCUS in identification and management in acutely ill child in COVID and beyond.

Clinical Case Presentation

The Panel Discussion was followed by Research Presentation by Dr P R R Vaishnavi, Junior Resident, Emergency Department, AIIMS, which was followed by QandA.

 

 





Saturday, 2 January 2021

The 42nd WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit Inauguration Ceremony of COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19

 






COVIPOCUS2021 is Being held under the auspices of The WACEM-International Network of Critical UltraSound (INCUS)


The Inauguration Ceremony of COVIPOCUS2021 was held with International Speakers and delegates around the world participating in the illustrious ceremony.


Dr. Tej Prakash Sinha from AIIMS  Was the host for the ceremony. 

 

Gracing the occasion was the Regional Advisor to The World Health Organization for South East Asia Dr. Nayar.

 

Dr. Praveen Aggarwal Professor and Head of The All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Emergency Medicine welcomed all the faculty and delegates to the January 2021 CPVIPOCUS e-Congress which will be held every Saturday at 630 PM India time. He thanked all the frontline staff for contributing relentlessly to combat COVID19 since the past 9 months.

 

Dr. Sagar Galwankar Executive Director of The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine delivered his Inaugural Address. Dr. Sagar Emphasized the importance of forwarding effective collaborations between POCUS Researchers across the world so the science of POCUS can be a standard of care. “Standard of Care can only be established if the Standard of Skill is uniform across the world. Innovation in education and evolution of the POCUS machines are the two most fundamentals components to the future of this science " were the profound words of the Leader. 

 

Professor Bhoi, Head of The AIIMS JPN Apex Trauma Center Emergency Services was the Key Note Speaker for this Session. He presented an extensive Review of all the research published on POCUS and COVID in literature and highlighted thrust areas for scientific discovery in the coming times. He emphasized that research is key to establish the critical use of Sonography in COVID patient care.

 

International Speakers Dr. Gullet(USA), Dr. Tato (INDIA), Dr. Vali (Tanzaia) and Leaders of The Sri Lanka College of Emergency Physicians Dr. Thushara as well as Dr. Munasinghe Secretary General of WACEM (2017) attended the grand academic event.


 
Delegates were welcomed for the 2nd Session of COVIPOCUS2021 on 9th January 2021.