This year, ESRA chose to go virtual, since the conditions that would allow both the organization of large face-to-face events and speakers / participants travelling without restrictions were not met. This was caused by rising of COVID-19 cases in various European countries.
We opened and closed this congress to the tones of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony “Ode to Joy”, which you can enjoy by clicking here whilst you carry on reading our newsletter.
The attendance was massive. We have welcomed the participants from all corners of the world with more than 1700 participants registered during the 3 days of congress. For 3 whole days (1 day open forum and 2 days online congress) there was a unique close connection between ESRA and its associates / delegates. The feedback received was excellent, both by the participants and by the speakers.
In total, the time spent online by all participants for open forum day was over 1144 hours and for the online congress 3395 hours. We have also identified the 5 countries with the highest number of participants online: United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
During every congress there are some sessions more popular than others. There are many reasons for this popularity, but just to name a few: relevance / novelty of the topic, latest research, applicability for daily clinical practice, eloquent and knowledgeable speakers or practical tips “how I do it”.
Traditionally, in order to guarantee the place in the room one needs to get there quite early, some will actually put the alarm on their phones as a reminder of the session. Just to get a chair in the room for the most popular sessions. Online meeting allows everyone attend any session as there are no limitations for participants numbers in online world.
The most popular sessions of this congress were as follows:
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Engraved in ESRA’s DNA is the appreciation for the discussion of research and sharing of clinical experience (case reports). The most viewed e-posters were: Lumpectomy under interpectoral block and pecto-intercostal fascial block (121 views), Ultrasound guided costoclavicular brachial plexus block for proximal humerus fracture with pneumothorax in an elderly patient – a case report (54 views), Comparing the efficacy of pericapsular nerve group block (PENG) block versus supra-inguinal fascia iliaca block (FIB) in hip arthroplasty (45 views), 185 Neuraxial drug administration errors from 40 countries – practical issues and human factors (44 views) and Low-dose, opioid-free subarachnoid block and US-guided suprainguinal FICB as an anaesthetic analgesic technique in patients with a symptomatic, mild to moderate aortic stenosis undergoing hip fracture surgery (31 views).
The award-winning abstracts of this 2021 ESRA Virtual Congress are presented
Engraved in ESRA’s DNA is the appreciation for the discussion of research and sharing of clinical experience (case reports).
The most viewed e-posters were:
During the virtual ESRA congress, abstract committee had a difficult task to choose three best abstracts for regional anaesthesia and chronic pain categories. We have invited the authors to present their work in their own words for our readers. We would like to sincerely congratulate all winners for their great achievement.
1st Prize for regional anaesthesia
Manabu Yoshimura (Ube, Japan): COMPARISON OF PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCK WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA AND GENERAL ANESTHESIA ALONE IN TERMS OF POSTOPERATIVE DELIRIUM AND COMPLICATIONS USING A NATIONWIDE DATABASE
2nd Prize for regional anaesthesia
Ellen Veef (Leuven, Belgium): PROSPECT GUIDELINE FOR ELECTIVE CAESAREAN SECTION: UPDATED SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND PROCEDURE-SPECIFIC POSTOPERATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
3rd Prize for regional anaesthesia
Freideriki Sifaki (Athens, Greece): EFFECTIVENESS OF ULTRASOUND – GUIDED BILATERAL ERECTOR SPINAE PLANE BLOCK IN LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMIES. A RANDOMIZED, CONTROLLED, DOUBLE BLIND, PROSPECTIVE TRIAL
1st Prize for chronic pain:
Caner Genç (Samsun, Turkey): EFFECTS OF ULTRASOUND-GUIDED ERECTOR SPINAE PLANE BLOCK AND PECTORALIS NERVE BLOCK ON POSTOPERATIVE ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN IN PATIENTS WHO UNDERWENT BREAST CANCER SURGERY
2nd Prize for chronic pain
Raquel Vela (MADRID, Spain): RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COMORBIDITIES IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN UNDERGOING INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, AND PATIENT SATISFACTION AND CLINICAL RESPONSE
3rd Prize for chronic pain
Ana Amorim (Funchal, Portugal): KNEE PAIN: EXPERIMENTAL RADIOFREQUENCY
In terms of visibility on social media, #ESRA2021 achieved about 7,574M impressions. The top 5 influencers were ESRA, Amit Pawa, Steve Coppens, Ed Mariano and Clara Lobo.
Some statistics figures on Twitter with the top 10 influencers: @ESRA_Society, @amit_pawa, @Steve_Coppens, @EMARIANOMD, @claralexlobo, @RegionalAnaesUK, @OTJOnline, @ajrmacfarlane, @PeterMerjavy, @cdrrogers
Both congress days ended with a Wrap Up session where, in a calm environment, the most important messages of the day of each track were shared and discussed.
To view or review your favorite sessions of The ESRA Virtual Congress 2021 you can access the platform for 1 year, here.
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