By Xiangyu Zhang, MD, FCCM, FCCP, ICRC GOVERNOR FOR CHINA
Building on a tradition of excellence the 2015 Tongji Mechanical Ventilation Forum was sponsored by two major hospital affiliates of Tongji University School of Medicine. The primary clinical sponsors of the Forum were Shanghai East Hospital and Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital both of Tongji University. The Forum was held July 24–26, 2015 and featured international faculty from the US, Norway and the United Kingdom as well as many outstanding scholars from many Provinces of China. In addition to lecture demonstrations there were simulated ventilation workshops and tours of the large hospital facilities which help to serve the 26 Million residents of the area. Shanghai East Hospital Trauma and Emergency Center alone serves over 1,000 patients a day and has its own ICU. The Trauma & Emergency Center is shown in the photo below.
Lecture topics, among others, ranged from Ventilator Induced Lung Injury to the Influence of Abdominal Surgery on Respiratory Function to topics such as the Use of NAVA in Patients With COPD. For the fourth consecutive year the Forum was Approved by the International Education Recognition System (IERS). This year the Approval was for Level II Recognition. There were over 230 registrants participating in the lectures and workshops and final evaluations of the seminar were overwhelmingly positive.