• 5/30/2022
    Doha, 30 May 2022: The Department of Anesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative Medicine at Hamad Medical Corporation, has organized the “Qatar Conference on Airway Management in Special Circumstances”. The conference, which is the first of its kind in the region, took place at ITQAN Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, 5-7 May 2022. Seven hundred sixty- seven healthcare professionals, including physicians and airway management specialists, from Qatar and other countries, participated in the three-day event, three hundred fifty of whom attended the conference in person while 417 participated virtually over the internet.

    In addition to leads of various clinical department at HMC, participants from Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, KSA, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Turkey, the UK, and Switzerland attended the conference. 

    In his inaugural speech at the conference, Dr. Abdullah Al Ansari, HMC’s Chief Medical Officer, praised the efforts paid by the Department of Anesthesia in organizing such a large event which attracted a large host of participants from Qatar and abroad. He noted that, as a surgeon, he realizes the important role of anesthetists in patient care.

    Airway management is a key function of anesthetists and ICU Medicine specialists in medical emergencies and every practitioner should have the know-how and skills of airway management as it saves lives.

    The conference was held under the supervision of Dr Mohammed Hilani, Chair of Anesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative Medicine at Hamad Medical Corporation, and Dr. Mashael Al-Khelaifi, Vice-Chairperson of Anesthesiology with Dr Nabil Shallik, Corporate Airway Lead, heading the Organizing Committee. The first day events of the conference comprised three workshops on 3 pertinent topics targeting physicians interested in Difficult and Complex Airway Management. It also comprised of lectures on various topics on newly introduced airway management techniques, which were delivered by 15 international speakers and 9 local speakers from HMC’s Anesthesiology and other clinical departments.

    The domain of airway management is scientifically and technologically evolving so fast that many practitioners have difficulty maintaining an up-to-date depth of information that is critical to such complex clinical practice. The objective of this conference was to highlight current evidence-based practices, to improve airway management and thereby patient outcomes through thorough pre-operative evaluation and up-to-date intra- and post-operative plans along with emphasizing the need for regular hands-on training through courses and workshops. This conference was an accredited group learning activity (Category1) as defined by the Department of Health Practitioners Accreditation Department and was approved for a maximum of 13.5 CPD hours.

    At the conclusion of the conference, the audience expressed thankfulness to Hamad Medical Corporation, the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Mohammad Faysal, Head of ICU Service, and to companies and organizations who supported and patronized the conference. Gratitude was also extended to ITQAN Team, particularly Dr. Kim and Dr. Omar Mutwalli, for their support to the organizing committee.