The Big Sick 18

The Big Sick 18






The Big Sick conference is an emergency medicine and critical care symposium arranged by a small faculty of Scandinavian anaesthetists in association with Switzerland's famous helicopter and mountain rescue service, Air Zermatt.

From the medical perspective, TBS is about resuscitating the sickest patients. Specifically, it is about the things we do during the first hours after the critically ill or injured patient is presented to us. In order to provide state of the art clinical teaching we have invited some of the biggest names in emergency medicine and critical care.

TBS is also a social event. We invite a mix of clinicians from our extended networks so that they can make friends, have fun, learn new things and then go home to, hopefully, change the world. There is no better place to pull this off than Zermatt. This bustling ski resort, at the foot of the monolithic Matterhorn, has attracted visionaries since the mid-19th century when adventurers raced to be the first to ascend this legendary mountain. The village has since evolved into one of the best and most exclusive ski resorts in the world.

We base ourselves on high-yield sessions in the morning and late afternoon/evening. Most of these will be held in the conference room at hotel Zermatt. We will try to arrange the prehospital session in an off-site location. If you are planning to go skiing during the day or plan to participate in scenario demonstrations we advise you to come dressed for the hills, with skis, already in the morning. February can get very cold in Zermatt, so dress appropriately. Coffee and refreshements will be provided throughout. For a comprehensive list of our speakers and their bios please see our speakers list.

Wednesday, February 7

After registration and a brief presentation of our symposium we will kick off the medical programme with a session on airway management and critical care. The afternoon session is on trauma and is presented by a strong line-up of Scandinavian trauma experts.

Jim DuCanto
Richard Levitan
Michael Seltz Kristensen
Wendy Teoh
Matthieu Komorowski

• 11:00-17:00 Workshops, demos and own time
During the day we will arrange workshops and scenario demonstrations in off-site locations. Please stand by for detailed programme.

• 17:00-19:00 TRAUMA
Pierre Sundin
Per Kristian Hyldmo - 'Spinal immobilisation - state of the art'
Stephen Sollid - 'Prehospital trauma in hostile environments'
Geir Strandenes 'Shock and blood failure- the holistic view'
Samuel Tisherman - 'Exsanguinating trauma: From CPR to EPR'

Thursday, February 8

We meet at Hotel Alex in the morning. The morning session is about modern cardiac arrest management which then leads nicely into frontier ECMO topics in the afternoon.

Richard Lyon - 'Excellence in prehospital cardiac arrest'
Tobias Gauss - 'New technologies in OHCA'
PO Berve - 'Haemodynamics during mechanical CPR'
Phil Spinella - 'Whole Blood, the cornerstone of RDCR'
Jakob Stensballe

• 11:00-17:00 Workshops, demos and own time
During the day we will arrange workshops and scenario demonstrations in off-site locations. Please stand by for detailed programme.

• 17:00-19:30 ECMO
Lionel Lamhaut
Zach Shinar
Håkan Kalzen
Magnus Larsson - 'ECMO in trauma'
Tim Harris - 'Cardiac output in the ED'

Friday, February 9

The morning session is on advanced prehospital care. Experienced clinicians will present the many challenges of HEMS and how their operations are dictated by not only case-load but also regional geography and weather. The afternoon session is dedicated to talks on varying themes. New perspectives will take us through the home stretch.

• 08:00-11:00 PREHOSPITAL CARE
John Chatterjee - 'The state of the art of urban HEMS'
Jens Klüwer - 'Search and Rescue medicine'
Mikael Gellerfors - 'Prehospital advanced airway management'
Axel Mann - 'Alpine rescue HEMS'

• 11:00-17:00 Workshops, demos and own time
During the day we will arrange workshops and scenario demonstrations in off-site locations. Please stand by for detailed programme.

• 17:00-19:00 GENERAL TOPICS
Johan Bergström - ‘Understanding system errors’
Cyrus Olsen III - 'Philosophy and the First Hour of Critical Care'
Monica Thallinger - 'In Africa'

TBS18 is at this stage by invitation. Please refer to your conference invitation e-email for details regarding registration and payment. If you have no invitation and would like to attend TBS18, please send us an email at bigsickconfer[email protected]. The registration fee for TBS18 is set at 750EUR.

Email: [email protected]

Getting here

The conference is held in Zermatt, in the heart of the Swiss alps. The dates are set to 6-9th of February.

Getting to Zermatt is fairly, but not entirely, straightforward. Those of you travelling from abroad are likely to come in through Geneva, Zurich or Milan airports. From there you simply take the train, via Visp, to get to Zermatt. The final leg of this journey, the mountain train from Visp to Zermatt, is spectacular. We recommend that you book the train tickets on-line in advance as it is cheaper.

With the exception of the occasional off-site sessions and scenarios, the conference will be held in the conference room at the four-star Hotel Alex. Hotel Alex is situated in the heart of Zermatt. A beautiful quiet location, only a few minutes walk from the Zermatt railway station.

Address: Resort Hotel Alex, Bodmenstrasse 12, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: ++41 27 966 70 70 or [email protected]

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