Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 18 (2018) 13e15
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European Airway Management Society (EAMS) structure and activities Kemal Tolga Saracoglu a, *, Massimiliano Sorbello b, Ayten Saracoglu c a
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Health Sciences University Medical School, Kocaeli, Turkey Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, AOU Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele University Hospital, Catania, Italy c Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Marmara University Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey b
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Article history: Received 28 November 2017 Accepted 16 December 2017
European Airway Management Society (EAMS) was created as a multi-disciplinary society to provide a forum for health professionals interested in airway management. The foundation meeting was held during the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) Congress in June 2003. Since 2009, the EAMS Hands-on Airway Workshop has been organized during the annual congresses of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists (Euroanaesthesia congress) as a one-day precongress course. EAMS is eager to create a learning environment with small groups custom-made training in advanced airway management using simulated airway scenarios. By this way participants gain practice skills and strategies for the management of airway emergencies. EAMS created 6 committees: Committee on EAMS Development and Communication, Annual Meeting & Sponsoring Committee, Education & Trainee Committee, Advisory Committee, Science Committee and Airway Management in Special Circumstances Committee, and in all committees are Board of Directors (BOD) members represented. In conclusion EAMS is a growing nonproﬁt society aiming to disseminate and promote the exchange of information in regard to airway management. EAMS is open for new members, new ideas and concepts, new scientiﬁc approaches to airway management and educational strategies to teach and learn airway management. © 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Airway management EAMS Society
1. The foundation European Airway Management Society (EAMS) was founded to provide a forum for health professionals interested in airway management. This ﬁeld is considered by most clinicians to be crucial for safety in anaesthesia, intensive care and other areas of health care. For this reason EAMS was created as a multidisciplinary society. The aims of the society are to promote exchange and disseminate information about airway management between European health-care providers; to raise the standards of airway management by developing, fostering and supporting education, research and scientiﬁc progress and to promote improvements in safety and quality of airway management by facilitating and harmonising the activities of national and international societies of airway management in Europe. The foundation meeting was held during the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) Congress in June 2003, in Glasgow, following a proposal by John Henderson, which was supported by several airway experts from
* Corresponding author. Saglik Bilimleri Universitesi, Derince SUAM, Kocaeli, Turkey. E-mail address: [email protected]
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Europe. The founding members of EAMS were Ulrich Braun (Germany), John Henderson (UK), Adrian Pearce (UK) and Peter Biro (Switzerland), Flavia Petrini (Italy), Veronique Crinquette (France) and Gregorios Voyagis (Greece). Ulrich Braun was the ﬁrst elected president, John Henderson was secretary, Peter Biro was treasurer and Adrian Pearce the web master. John Henderson wrote the ﬁrst informative letter about the status and requirements of the society for the founding members on 1st December 2003. They agreed to organise future airway meetings and workshops in cooperation with other airway related societies and experts. The bylaws were ﬁnished thereafter and legal recognition was achieved in 2004.
2. EAMS activities Since 2009, the EAMS Hands-on Airway Workshop has been organized during the annual congresses of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists (Euroanaesthesia congress) as a one-day precongress course. The ﬁrst one was held in Milan Italy in 2009 and the Helsinki workshop followed this during Euroanaesthesia 2010. The “Current Concepts in Airway Management” Course at Euroanaesthesia is intended for all grades of anaesthesiologists to acquire, refresh or update their skills. Our BOD members Arnd
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Timmermann and Lorenz Theiler are the directors for that event in the last years. Over the years during Euroanaesthesia EAMS organized their annual meetings including the general assembly, council meeting and the EAMS annual dinner. The latter has always been found very helpful to foster collaboration and friendship between airway experts from different European countries. The ﬁrst EAMS endorsed advanced airway course was held in the United Kingdom and afterwards many different courses were organized and supported by EAMS each year. Valencia, Lisbon, Munich, Lithuana, Cluj, Konia, Macedonia, Bern, Belgrade, Rome, Novi Sad, Tirana, Buenos Aires and Nis are some of them. EAMS still continues to endorse scientiﬁc airway activities via the application form available on the EAMS web page: eamshq.net. In 2012 the WFSA World Congress of Anesthesia in Buenos Aires, Argentina had a special EAMS scientiﬁc program including a workshop. In 2005 the 1st European Airway Congress (EAC) was held in Aviano, Italy. Then Istanbul, Turkey followed in 2013, Valencia, Spain in 2016 and the last successful EAC was held in Berlin, Germany in 2017. The 5th annual EAMS congress will be held in Catania, Italy, between 4th7th December 2018. During each annual congress EAMS aims to provide participants with a structured approach to manage a difﬁcult airway or an airway emergency in both adult and paediatric patients with a clear overview of the available equipment, approaches, techniques and strategies . It is designed to teach the skills of a structured approach to manage the difﬁcult airway and state-of-the-art information and hands on experience on a wide range of established and novel airway techniques. The participants have an opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with international experts in airway management. EAMS is eager to create a learning environment with small groups and custom-made training in advanced airway management using simulated airway scenarios. In this way participants gain practice skills and strategies for the management of airway emergencies. Scientiﬁc discussion, new developments and the opportunity to present the latest airway related research during the poster and oral presentation session provides an opportunity to get the latest information from experts in the ﬁeld. The accompanying industry exhibition shows the newest devices on the market and is a great chance to see and compare airway related products on the spot. In 2013, the ﬁrst ever Teach the Airway Teacher (TAT) Course was held in Barcelona before Euroanaesthesia started . Twelve airway experts got their certiﬁcates and the tutors decided to continue this useful program. The 2nd TAT Course followed during the EAC in Istanbul, Turkey. Afterwards, followed TAT courses in Valencia, Bern, Mainz, Rome, Doha, Berlin and Argentina during the last years. All in all more than 100 EAMS Airway Teacher certiﬁcates
have been issued so far.
3. The Board of Directors 2018 Today Robert Tino Greif (Switzerland) is EAMS president, Kamil Toker (Turkey) is past president and Michael Seltz Kristensen (Denmark) is president-elect. Lorenz Theiler (Switzerland) and Kemal Tolga Saracoglu (Turkey) serve as the EAMS secretaries, Rüdiger Noppens (Canada) continues as treasurer. Arnd Timmermann (Germany) is EAMS current executive director, while Massimiliano Sorbello (Italy) and Iljas Hodzovic (United Kingdom) are current non-ofﬁcers (Fig. 1). The EAMS also supports formation of national councils. From 2018, 10 EAMS members of a country can establish a council and vote on a council representative. So far EAMS gathered 16 representatives from all around Europe including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany (council), Hungary, Italy (council), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain (council), Switzerland (council), Turkey (council) and UK (council). The national representatives are responsible for contacts and regular transfer of information between EAMS and the local members, as well as providing communication with national airway management societies or groups and other relevant medical societies in their respective countries. All have to annually report their activities and plans for the next year.
3.1. EAMS committees EAMS created 6 committees: Committee on EAMS Development and Communication, Annual Meeting & Sponsoring Committee, Education & Trainee Committee, Advisory Committee, Science Committee and Airway Management in Special Circumstances Committee, and in all committees are Board of Directors (BOD) members represented . The current composition of all EAMS members who volunteer in the committees can be consulted at the web page: www.eamshq.net. The responsibilities of the “Committee on EAMS Development and Communication’’ are: 1. Take care of internal affairs of the society. 2. Contact with members, councils, committees and BOD members. 3. Set goals for councils, committees and BOD members. 4. Plan and measure to increase memberships and councils. 5. Gain information about the needs and wishes of the members.
Fig. 1. European airway management society board of directors 2018.
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6. Suggest structure and content of the website and other social media. 7. Sustain social network activity e.g. LinkedIn & Twitter. 8. Support and help deliver other EAMS initiatives - advertising channels including mailing list, Journal of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care (TACC), web, etc. The Annual Meeting & Sponsoring Committee proposes sites of annual meetings, contacts possible interested parties and supports the current and future annual meetings. Finally the committee maintains continuous contact with our business partners in order to ascertain their sponsorship for the society and annual meetings. The Education & Trainee Committee takes care of setting standards and strategies for airway management workshops and courses, clinical airway rotations, teaching of the airway teachers and quality control of the EAMS airway teachers and development of education in airway management. They give educational advice for annual conference, workshops and courses. Support for the EAMS trainee and resident group is given by this committee too. The Advisory Committee takes care of governance issues of the society that includes the following tasks: 1. Advise the BOD, council and committee members of any governance issues of the society. 2. Reviews the nominations of candidates for the BOD, council and committees. 3. Handles complaints and appeals within the society. 4. Takes care of ethics issues. 5. Follows achievements of councils, committees and BOD members. 6. Nominates candidates for the EAMS awards and medals of honour, as well as reviews the proposals to become a fellow of EAMS. The Science Committee reviews the abstracts for the annual meeting and gives advice for research support and awards. They coordinate trials, surveys etc., connect EAMS members for research purposes, liaise with international airway management research institutions and research societies, initiate surveys, guidelines, systematic reviews. This committee also reviews submissions of airway management manuscripts to the EAMS section of TACC. The EAMS committee on Airway Management in Special Circumstances coordinates projects with a special focus in airway management including intensive care medicine, pre-hospital emergency medicine, remote location, obstetrics, pediatrics,
expected and unexpected difﬁcult airway management and extubation. Each committee reports their annual activities and plans for the next year to EAMS members via the web page. Moreover the relationships with the ESA scientiﬁc subcommittee 11 “Respiration and Airway Management’’ is getting closer and closer. Rüdiger Noppens is the specialist society member representing EAMS within the ESA and subcommittee 11. Massimiliano Sorbello was elected recently as chairperson for this subcommitee and Kemal Tolga Saracoglu is a member of ESA subcommittee 11. EAMS is also connected with the North-American Society of Airway Management (SAM) and Michael Seltz Kristensen is the chair of the international liaison committee. The 2nd World Airway Management Meeting (WAMM) will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands between 13th-16th November 2019. This will be organized and chaired collaboratively by DAS, SAM and EAMS. The latest development of EAMS is the “article of the month’’ at the society web page to stimulate the scientiﬁc airway related discussion about published articles related to airway management. This EAMS activity is overseen by the Science Committee. Another activity of EAMS is the annual photo contest, which has happened over the last 2 years. Application requirements will be published shortly for the 2018 contest via the web page. The best photos will be honored as usual during the annual conference of EAMS. 4. Conclusion EAMS is a growing non-proﬁt society aiming to disseminate and promote the exchange of information in regard to airway management, to raise the standards of care in airway management, to promote improvements in safety and quality of airway management. This society develops and advances only with the active participation of all EAMS members that support the aims and goals of EAMS. EAMS is open for new members, new ideas and concepts, new scientiﬁc approaches to airway management and educational strategies to teach and learn airway management. References  KT Saracoglu, A Saracoglu, H Kafali, Basic airway equipments in pediatric cardiac arrest management, Trends Anaesth. Crit. Care 7e8 54e58.  M Sorbello, FPetrini, R Noppens, R Greif, VM Pons, A Timmermann, K Toker, EAMS corner: why should I become an EAMS member?, Trends Anaesth. Crit. Care 5 (6) 197e199.  KT Saracoglu, LG Theiler, PC Mora, R Greif, EAMS corner, Trends Anaesth. Crit. Care 9 53e60.