ASPA2022 Istanbul International 18th ASPA Congress was held on 14-16 October 2022 at Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University. Considering the ongoing impact of the coronavirus 19 pandemic in some countries, the congress was planned as hybrid, so that both online and face-to-face participation was possible for speakers and participants. The congress was organized and carried out with the support of PCO Plaza tourism Majorgroup Event Organization company. The website of the congress was aspa2022.org. The relevant website also includes the organizing committee, the scientific committee, the workshops and the congress program, congress photos and the lectures.
At 14th October, 5 different worskhops were held at Acibadem University Mehmet Ali Aydınlar Campus CASE Laboratories and classrooms. They were, ‘Perioperative Pediatric Life Support’, ‘Pediatric Difficult Airway’(PDA), ‘Pediatric Difficult Vascular Access’(P-DIVA), ‘Point-of-Care Ultrasound’ (POCUS), and ‘Pediatric Regional/Peripheral Blocks’.
|Workshop||Number of Participants||Number of Educators|
|‘Perioperative Pediatric Life Support’||24||13|
|‘Pediatric Difficult Airway’(PDA)||39||19|
|‘Pediatric Difficult Vascular Access’(P-DIVA)||26||13|
|‘Point-of-Care Ultrasound’ (POCUS)||17||9|
|‘Pediatric Regional/Peripheral Blocks’||24||20|
The meeting was held on 15-16th October in two halls with the support of extremely precious and self-sacrificing 66 Turkish and 87 international speakers and with the contribution of 270 face-to-face, 142 online participants. There were 17 panels, 8 conferences, in the program, also, 14 PBLDs (problem-based case discussions) were shared online with 58 participants. A total of 135 papers were accepted as posters to the congress. Eight of the papers were included in the ‘Best Paper’ competition, 3 of them were awarded with free registration to the ASPA2023 congress to be held in Seoul, Korea in 2023 with the courtesy of the Korean Organizing Committee. Mr. Josef Holzki was awarded the Special Jury Prize for his paper.
The congress was attended by speakers and participants from Europe, Africa, Central America and the United States as well as from Asia. Participating countries, Australia, BanglaDesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Indonesia, Philippines, France, India, Honduras, Hongkong, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Cambodia, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Singapore, Vietnam , United States, Ukraine, Jordan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey.
The main sponsor of the congress was Smile Train. Acıbadem University, Alexus, Medtronic, BARD BD, 3A Medical, Bıçakcılar, Abbvie, Masimo, Mindray, TED Istanbul college, ESAOTE, Braun. Three local artists, miniature, illumination, marbling have also contributed to the meeting.
All Organizing Committee members are really grateful to all of the speakers who had been extremely generous, self-sacrificing, full of motivation for teaching.