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SHAMS organizes Airway Management Course 12 September 2011
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (SHAMS) is organizing Airway Management Course at Trauma Center’s Anesthesia Department in Rashid Hospital – Dubai, supported by Rashid Hospital in Dubai and University Hospital of the University of Paris VI, France.
Over the three-day course (11 – 13 September) , 10 lectures are being delivered by a group of senior anesthesiologists in the United Arab Emirates and France, with the participation of 20 anesthesiologists and emergency and critical care doctors, who will get 18.5 CME credits by Dubai Health Authority.
Dr. Mansour Mohammed Yousef Naziri, consultant at anesthesia and pain management Department in Rashid Hospital, praised prestigious Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences for organizing such training courses, which is considered a part of many important training courses organized by the award aiming at upgrading professional performance of doctors within UAE, especially as they include both practical workshops and theoretical lectures.
“Airway Management is one of the most important daily practices of anesthesiologists and emergency and critical care physicians. If patients loose ability to breathe normally, as a result of the heart muscle’s cessation, anesthesia or certain diseases such as asthma, doctors should intervene in a matter of seconds controlling the patient’s airway to be able to breathe again. Patients may die as a result of brain damage in case of the interruption of oxygen for one minute”, Dr. Naziri added.
Dr. Philippe Macaire, Consultant at Anesthesia and pain management department in Rashid Hospital - Dubai and the course’s organizer, referred to the topics of the course including the means of artificial respiration, whether through putting oxygen mask or entering breathing tube, using local and general anesthesia during the artificial respiration, required amount of oxygen during artificial respiration, methods of inserting breathing tubes and the appropriate timing for removing artificial respiration apparatus.
Also, Dr. Macaire said that the course is discussing airway management in some critical cases, such as patients with facial injuries or burns, teeth problems, obesity and short neck, in addition to cases of pregnant women who suffer from physiological changes affect the natural shape of their airways.
It is worth mentioning that this course is of a highly importance that  statistics have proven that airway management is the second cause of death resulting from anesthesia in France in 1996, and caused the deaths of 600 patients in the UK in 1990.