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Renowned trauma surgeon from South Florida to share latest advances in the 15th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 1:11 PM

The 15th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium hosted by The Caribbean Neurological Association in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesia, Intensive Care and University Hospital of the West Indies is set to kick off at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica from January 26 – 29, 2017.

This venture continues for the 15th straight year as it provides critical updates for doctors, invaluable teaching for residents in training and it allows the opportunity for trainees to interview for electives and fellowships with visiting faculties.Dr. Andrew Rosenthal, Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Services at Memorial Regional Hospital will be elaborating on the topics of ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) during trauma, resuscitation and the use of thromboelastography.

ECMO is a procedure that uses a machine to control the function of the lungs and sometimes the heart. The term “extracorporeal” means occurring outside the body, while “membrane oxygenation” is referred to as the “artificial lungs” that puts oxygen into the blood and takes out carbon dioxide just like our lungs do. The goal of ECMO is to ensure the patient’s body has enough circulation of oxygen, by taking over the work done by the heart and lungs. Once the lungs have healed and can work on their own, the support from ECMO is gradually removed.

Resuscitation also plays an important role in critical care medicine, trauma surgery and emergency medicine. It is the process of correcting physiological disorders in an acutely unwell patient. Adequate and timely resuscitation is essential to optimal patient outcome.

Lastly, thromboelastography (TEG) is a method of testing the efficiency of blood coagulation (clotting), platelet function, clot strength and fibrinolysis. It is used mainly in surgery and anesthesiology. Incorporating TEG in resuscitation is helpful in determining the right blood products the patient needs, and although not all hospitals have the capability, it is important to recognise and deliver the right blood products at the right time.

“As physicians, our focus is on the health, well being and healing of our patients. We are very fortunate to have an experienced group of experts who gather together in search for ways of innovating treatments while delivering compassionate care to our patients,” stated Dr. Rosenthal.