The focus will be on our specialty as anaesthesiologists and intensivists since we have had major challenges during the last year. Indeed, many health care workers have died or become severely ill, others have suffered from an extreme overload of work.
Topics that will be discussed:
- Virus biology and vaccines
- Experiences with handling Covid-19 patients in the ICU and intermediary care units. Colleagues from each of the Nordic countries and one from Great Britain will discuss this
- Research during the pandemic: We have seen small and low-quality studies giving rise to extensive use of for instance hydroxychloroquine and other drugs in the beginning of the pandemic, but also rapid establishment of large, randomized clinical trials with high quality research (WHO Solidarity and others) guiding us to a researchbased approach to treatment. There have been many controversies, and we have also seen a rapid rise in published results before peer-review accompanied with press releases. Discussion panel.
- How did we cope? Studies on how health care personnel have tackled the pandemic will be presented, and preventive measures discussed
- Learned lessons from this pandemic to be better prepared for the next. Discussion panel.
On behalf of the program committee SSAI 2021/2022
Tor Inge Tønnessen, Congress president SSAI 2021/2022