CME – Common Encounters in Obstetric Anaesthesia

Indian society of Anaesthesiologists, Nagpur City branch held a CME on “Common Encounters in Obstetric Anaesthesia” on 21st July, 2019 at Hotel Centre Point, Ramdaspeth, Nagpur. It was attended by almost 240 delegates from both Anaesthesia & Gynaecology fraternity. Every anaesthesiologist has to deal with challenging cases related to pregnant patients and at odd times throughout the day. CME highlighted the current trends that have evolved in the management of such pregnant patients. Dr. Manisha Shembekar, President, in her welcome address stressed the need to update the knowledge about the recent advances in Obstetric Anaesthesia so as to better the outcome of an obstetric intervention and having trained anaesthesiologists in the peripheral and rural areas would drastically reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. 

Dr. Ankur Jain, neurologist delivered a talk on postpartum headache and the need to investigate the patient thoroughly to ascertain the exact cause.

Dr. Chaitanya Shembekar, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist talked about the obstetric concerns in a patient with anti-coagulants while Dr. Saurabh Barde, Anaesthesiologist, highlighted the anaesthetic management of such patients.

Dr. Nitin Deshpande, cardiologist, spoke on peripartum cardiomyopathy which strikes as a bolt from the blue and can be life-threatening.

Dr. Sunanda Gupta, senior Anaesthesiologist from Udaipur, delivered a talk on management of post-partum haemorrhage, which is leading cause of maternal mortality. She also gave tips as how to efficiently manage morbidly obese pregnant patients, which has now emerged as a new challenge for the anaesthesiologist nowadays.

Dr. Anita Shetty, Professor of Anaesthesiology at KEM Hospital, Mumbai updated the gathering on the current concepts in the management of Pregnancy induced hypertension.

Dr. Kausalaya Chakravarthy from Hyderabad, delivered a talk on how to optimally use uterotonics without the fear of over infusing during complicated Caesarian sections. She also talked about the necessities during the administration of General Anaesthesia to the parturient.

Dr. Charuta Gadkari spoke on the efficacy and safety of supraglottic airway in the parturient. Dr. Geetendra Sharma, obstetrician and well known medico-legal expert from Ahmedabad spoke on how to tackle the ethical dilemmas faced in the process of managing a pregnant patient, while Dr. Ashish Ganjre, Anaesthesiologist & Intensivist, stressed on the importance of an Obstetric ICU in the face of changing scenario in the field of Obstetrics.

The lecture series was followed by Panel Discussion on ‘Our problems, your solutions’. The Moderators were Dr. Manisha Shembekar & Dr. Pratibha Deshmukh. Dr. Soma Cham, Hon. Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.

A novel initiative was undertaken, wherein, the same set of questions with multiple choice answers were asked before and after the lecture. The answers were given through electronic voting pads by the audience. The effort was an instant hit amongst the audience as it garnered maximum involvement.

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