A meeting of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists
The 32nd Annual Academic Congress of the College of
Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka which got underway at
Cinnamon Grand on January 27 saw the ceremonial induction of the new
President of the College, Dr. Kanishka Indraratna, Senior Consultant
Anaesthesiologist at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, at the
inaugural session on January 29. Scheduled to end on Monday, February 1,
2016, the theme of the Congress this year is 'Improving outcome through
Safety and Knowledge'.
The College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists is the primary
body in charge of teaching and training of doctors in anaesthesiology,
critical care and pain relief. It is also responsible for training of
nurses in these specialties as well as setting standards for care
quality and safety in the operating theatres and intensive care units.
Prof Michael Mythen, council member of the Royal College of
Anaesthetists, Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care
and Head of National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Board (UK) graced
the occasion as Chief Guest.
The Guests of Honour were Dr. David Wilkinson, President World
Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and Dr. Harshi Boralessa,
Consultant Anaesthetist (UK). The prestigious Dr. B.S.Perera Oration was
delivered by Prof. Richard Langford, Past President British Pain
Society. An internationally reputed panel of speakers numbering over
forty are enhancing the calibre of the Annual Sessions in terms of
academic and educational content.
The Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) has granted 12 Continuous
Professional Development (CPD) points for the Congress, which has
attracted many international delegates as well.
Other heads of Associations attending the congress are Prof. Ellen
O'Sullivan, President College of Anaesthetists Ireland and Vice
President Association of Anaesthetists Great Britain and Ireland and
Immediate Past President World Difficult Airway Society, Dr. Helen
Higham President International Simulation Society and Head Oxford
University Simulation Centre, Dr. Roshan Fernando President Obstetric
Anaesthetists Association UK, Prof. Michael Ramsay Former President
International transplant Society, Dr. Alistair Lee Secretary
International liver transplant society, Dr. Ross Freebairn immediate
past president Australian and New Zealand Critical Care Society, Dr.
Bernadette Ratnayake President Elect Orthopaedic Anaesthetists
Association UK, Dr. Francis Lee former International President WINFOCUS,
and Nick Thomas President British Skull base society.