President's Message

Review of the CCAS
Program at Pediatric
Anesthesiology 2008

Call for Nominations
for 2008 Board of
Directors Elections

Aprotinin Recall by Bayer

Antifibrinolytic Therapy
in Surgery for
Congenital Heart Disease

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00President's Message

By Dean Andropoulos, M.D., M.H.C.M

The CCAS held a very successful full day Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Conference, on April 3, the dayDr. Andropoulos before Pediatric Anesthesiology 2008, the Winter SPA/AAP Meeting. There were 207 attendees, and an excellent program was organized by Jim DiNardo and the Education Committee. A full report by Chandra Ramamoorthy, Chair of the Education Committee, appears HERE.

The CCAS is participating in  or organizing a number of exciting educational opportunities over the next 2 years, including a joint session sponsored by CCAS on echocardiography in adult CHD, as well as a separate workshop on adult CHD, and several lectures, and  PBLD sessions taught by CCAS faculty, at the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists’ Annual Meeting in Vancouver June 18-22, 2008.

CCAS member faculty organizing and participating in those sessions at SCA are Chandra Ramamoorthy, Helen Holtby, Jim DiNardo, Emad Mossad, Bill Greeley, Katherine Rouine-Rapp, Paul Reynolds, and myself. Dr. Vic Baum and I will be speaking at the World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Symposium in Montreal, June 19-21, on training in congenital cardiac anesthesia, and new advances in pediatric cardiac anesthesia,  and I will be participating in that Society’s Constitutional Council. Other future educational offerings include a half day CCAS session, organized by Chandra Ramamoorthy, at the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 6th International Symposium in Miami Beach on December 6, 2008, and another full day CCAS Program at the Winter SPA Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 18, 2009.

In addition, the CCAS has representatives on the program planning committee for the first pediatric cardiac anesthesia sessions at the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, in Cairns, Australia, in May 2009.  Finally, the CCAS has made a commitment to the SPA to hold another one day Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Program at the SPA Winter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in April 2010. It is through the efforts of the CCAS Education Committee, and CCAS members who have organized very high quality and well attended meetings, that we are asked to provide expert contributions to all of these upcoming meetings, and I would like to thank all of you for your contributions to this important CCAS mission.

Also in this newsletter, we discuss the recent recall of aprotinin in the U.S. by Bayer, and have an interesting listing of replacement protocols for this drug. Dr. Denise Joffe also reviews a recent review article by Dr. Michael Eaton, a CCAS member, on antifibrinolytic therapy in pediatric cardiac surgery.