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35th Year Programme



Friday 28th March 2014


12.00 - 15.00 Ultrasound-Based Regional Anaesthesia Workshop

Galway Regional Anaesthesia Group

1. Upper limb blocks

2. Lower limb blocks

3. TAP blocks

4. Paravertebral blocks using ultrasound

14:15 – 15:00 Session 1: O’Beirne Medal Competition Medal For Research/Audit

Moderators: Noel Flynn & Michael Scully

15:00 – 16:30  Session 2: Clinical Forum

These case-based discussions will examine a diverse range of common perioperative questions many of which are controversial. Both clinical practice and current evidence will be examined.

Topics to be discussed include: enhanced recovery, mechanical ventilation in the operating theatre, intravenous fluids, changing perspectives in post-partum haemorrhage management & and, of course "why am I freezing my ass off in orthopaedic theatre?"

Leo Kevin, Pat Neligan & Joey Costello

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee and Trade Exhibition

17.00 - 1800 Session 3: Plenary Lecture

Professor William Molloy (University College Cork): 'Let Me decide: advance directives and my right not to receive medical care!'

18:00 -19:00 Session 4    Pro-Con Debates   (Moderator Leo Kevin)

"Depth of anaesthesia monitoring is expensive and ineffective." Pro: Max Kelz (University of Pennsylvania, USA); Con: Patrick Neligan (Galway University Hospitals)

"The risks of serious complications make regional anaesthesia unjustifiable" – Pro: Brian Kinirons (Galway University Hospitals) Con: Brian O'Donnell (Cork University Hospital)



19:45  Supper in g Hotel Galway (price included in registration)


Saturday March 29th 2014


07.45 Buffet Breakfast Conference Room Atrium


08:00 – 08:45 Session 5: Costello Prize for Case Presentations

Moderators: Joey Costello & Brian Harte


09:00 – 11:00 Session 6. State of the Art (NUI Anaesthesia session)

Moderator: Michael Scully


Grainne Nicholson, London, UK - "The Surgical Patient with Diabetes: what's old and what's new"
David Bogod, Nottingham, UK - "How Not To Get Sued"
Max Kelz, Philadelphia, USA - "Anaesthetic Hijacking of Sleep Networks: Quirky Coincidence or Critical Abuse of Unconsciousness?”


11:00   Coffee and Trade Exhibition


11.30 - 13.00  Session 7: The Galway Soap-Box

·         Leo Kevin - "Audit is Boll**ks"

·         David Bogod - "Time gentlemen please! Overrunning speakers"

·         John Mc Donnell - "Stop this opioid madness now!"

·         Karl Sweeney - "What really annoys me about anaesthetists"

·         Grainne Nicholson - "Why you don't want the NHS in Ireland"

·         Brian O’Donnell - "Sedation for peripheral nerve blocks: who actually benefits?"


Meeting Close 13: 00



    The Western Anaesthesia Symposium, now in it's 35th year, is Ireland's longest running Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Scientific Meeting. It is run by Galway University Hospitals' and NUIG's Department's of Anaesthesia, and, since 2012, in collaboration with the Western Anaesthesia Society. CME is provided by the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. Organising committee 2014: Brian Harte, Joey Costello, Jennifer McElwain, Noel Flynn, Michael Scully with Patrick Neligan & Leo Kevin.