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Mark Twite, MA, MB, BChir, FRCP

Luis Zabala, MD


President's Message

Letter from the Editor

Contrast Agents and Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization


Etomidate: The controversy continues

CCAS Meeting Reviews

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions




From the Editor

The past CCAS meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was a great success with over 250 people attending. It was an excellent opportunity to re-connect with friends, make many new ones and learn from experts in our field. This issue of the newsletter brings an outstanding, in-depth review of the meeting by Drs. Gregory Latham and Jeremy Geiduschek.

Many of us are enjoying the first signs of spring – flowers and green grass are a welcome change to the snow and mud of winter! As the seasons change, we should also continually change and grow into better congenital cardiac anesthesiologists. There are many unanswered questions in our specialty, and sometimes answers change over time. Two articles in this newsletter challenge our established knowledge. The first article, by Dr. Luis Zabala, explores the maximum dose of contrast media that can be safely used in the cardiac catheterization lab. The second article by Dr. Sana Ullah casts new light on the use of etomidate. Both articles are excellent and are an example of how we must continually adapt our knowledge as new agents and information become available.

Just as the seasons change so should the people within any organization. Spring seems to be a very appropriate season to bring new life to the newsletter! This is the eighth CCAS newsletter I have been involved with – six as associate editor and two as the editor. I am delighted to pass on the editorial role to two people who are passionate about our specialty. Dr. Luis Zabala, from Children’s Medical Center of Dallas will be the Newsletter Editor and Dr. Gregory Latham, from Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be the Associate Editor. Please support them by submitting articles and suggestions! I am confident the newsletter is in excellent hands and will continue to grow.

Thank you for the opportunity to work on the newsletter over the last four years. I have learned many new things and made many new friends. I wish you all an enjoyable summer!

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