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Critical Surgical Abdomen Conference July 22-26th 2016

on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in Latest News, Conferences, Education

Critical Surgical Abdomen Conference July 22-26th 2016

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World leaders in Emergency Surgery will meet in Dublin and Donegal on July 22nd to July 26th to describe new advances in the management of Emergency Surgery in patients with critical abdominal infections. 


resources imageA conference to be held over 2 days in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has a faculty of 40 World Leaders. The World Society of Emergency Surgery, in conjunction with the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, have put together an exciting consensus meeting.
Followed by this 2 day Dublin meeting for the first time in the World consensus regarding resources for the management of Emergency Surgery patients will be outlined. The Donegal Emergency Surgery Summit has published a comprehensive discussion document outlining suggested requirements for resources ensuring to help in improving outcomes.
The conference co-convenor, Mr Michael Sugrue- Surgeon, said he was delighted to be able to host this meeting in Ireland reflecting on our long respected surgical history and our significant workload in Emergency Surgery. He was grateful for support from Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Clinical Research Academy for facilitating the summit with delegates from over 40 countries coming to Ireland and also Donegal.
Professor Luca Ansaloni from Bergamo, Italy, current President of the World Society in Emergency Surgery believes that the guidelines produced in Dublin and Donegal will help Clinicians who treat Emergency patients.
Professor Ron Maier, President Elect of the American College of Surgeons who co-edits Resources for Optimal care in Emergency Surgery said this was an important step forward and while not prescriptive acts as a discussion document to advance surgical care. This Summit, organised by Donegal Clinical Research Academy and supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the World Society of Emergency Surgery, HSE, and many International affiliated societies, will stress the importance of early management of the Emergency Surgery patient.

Critical imageTo finish the 4 days the World Leading Emergency Surgery training course will be held in Donegal with an International Faculty of 25 Surgeons. This is an exciting opportunity for those wishing to up skill in the key aspects of Emergency Surgery Care. This course, designed in Donegal in 2012, has now gone global; the course is run in Europe, South America, Asia and next year North America. Mr Michael Sugrue was proud that this Irish Course is now regarded as the World leading Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course. He feels it reflects well on the level of care provided in Ireland and the ability to collaborate with International Colleagues with co-edit resources for critical Emergency Surgery from around the globe.
Professor Catena from Italy is delighted that the World Society of Emergency Surgery are coming to Ireland and feels that guidelines from this conference will save many lives. Professor Ernest Moore on the organising committee will receive an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Moore stated that to develop indicators in Emergency Surgery is pivotal to monitoring outcomes and he has been involved in this in Trauma Surgery for over 2 decades.

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24th Sylvester O’Halloran Scientific Symposium.

on Thursday, 31 March 2016. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Research from DCRA Presented at Sylvester O'Halloran Symposium.

Mary Gallagher SylvesterResearch from the Breast Centre North West-Letterkenny University Hospital in conjunction with the Donegal Clinical Research Academy was recently presented at the 24th Sylvester O’Halloran Scientific Symposium. Mary Gallagher, a 4th year medical student, identified significant variation worldwide in the completeness of breast cancer excision at the first index operation the patient undergoes. On average one fifth of ladies having breast cancer surgery around the world have to return for re-excision. Breast Centre North West and Letterkenny University Hospital have achieved consistent results of less than 10% of patients having to undergo second and further surgery. This reduced re-excision rate is a result of teamwork within the Unit, combining a number of novel techniques developed at the Hospital and in conjunction with Radiology and Pathology. It benefits the patients and reduces resource requirements. 

Kin poster presentation Sylvester aMr Kin Ng, Senior Registrar at LUH, identified novel techniques to assist in reducing the amount of breast tissue excised. Mr Michael Sugrue, Consultant Breast and General Surgeon, said that this is very exciting and will allow us to determine patients’ views of outcomes.
Two other 4th year medical students, Alison Leong and Adrinda Affendi, also presented their work at the meeting. Alison’s poster presentation was a meta-analysis of nipple discharge probabilities and diagnostic accuracy of investigations. The variability of breast implant loss from implant-based reconstruction surgery was the topic presented in Adrinda’s poster. All of the 4th year medical students were summer research fellows at the Unit and their posts were funded through local contributions from people in the North West.

EASC Course Takes Place in Dublin, April 1st, 2016.

on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. Posted in EASC, Latest News

Packed auditorium with some of the 100 doctors attending.The 10th Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course run by Donegal Clinical Research Academy was held in Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin on April 1st 2016. The 100 doctors who attended were treated to 9 international world leaders in Emergency Surgery from 3 continents. These included Professors Marja Boermeester-Amsterdam Holland, Rangjith Ellawala-Colombo Sri Lanka, Paula Ferrada-Richmond USA, Tina Gaader-Oslo Norway, Yoram Klein-Tel Aviv Israel, Hayato Kurihara-Milan Italy,Carlos Mesquita-Coimbra Portugal, Selman Uranus-Gratz Austria and Pantelis Vassiliu-Athens Greece.

The international key note speakers were complemented by 8 Irish Surgeons, Radiologists and Gastroenterologists including Professor Calvin Coffey-University Hospital Limerick, Professor Simon Cross-Waterford University Hospital, Professor Ronan O’Connell-St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dr Barry Kelleher-Gastroenterologist-Mater Dublin, Dr Leo Lawler-Radiologist-Mater Dublin, Mr Ken Mealy-Surgeon Co-Lead Acute Hospital Program, Dr Siobhan McGrane- Radiologist Limerick, Dr Chris Steele-Gastroenterologist Letterkenny University Hospital.

The participants, mostly from Ireland but some from Italy, raved about the course and the manner in which it was delivered. As one surgical trainee stated “Never been at such an excellent meeting, perfect organisation! Thank you”. The course was attended by a small number of nurses which Mr Sugrue feels is so important in selecting the team approach to care.

Mr Michael Sugrue from Letterkenny University Hospital, who developed and chaired the course, was proud that such an initiative (now in its 4th year) was leading emergency surgery care training around the world. The course was first run in Letterkenny in 2012; it will run this year in Asia, South America and next year in North America. Mr Sugrue said he would love to be able to run the course in the Donegal Clinical Research Academy’s newly designed auditorium, which has planning permission but needs further capital funding before it can proceed.
The Chair of Donegal Clinical Research Academy Trust Henry McGarvey said it will improve outcomes for those attending with acute abdominal conditions, such as appendicitis, gall bladder disease and bowel cancer.
The next course will be held in Donegal on July 25th where remarkably 40 of the world leaders in surgery will come to the North West.