November 14, 2017 — On November 3, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center hosted its 8th International Symposium on Patient Blood Management, featuring a panel of high-profile speakers from around the world working on projects in the field of patient blood management. These professionals presented to an in-person audience of 150+, while reaching almost 1,000 viewers from 15 different countries via live webcast over six hours.
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Last week’s symposium was intended to educate both Englewood Hospital and Medical Center clinicians and the community at large on global advancements in patient blood management, including the scientific and clinical impact EHMC has made on the field.
The program’s speakers included:
- Aryeh Shander, MD, Chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, and Hyperbaric Medicine, and Executive Medical Director of The Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
- Kai Zacharowski, MD, PhD, Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt
- Daryl J. Kor, MD, MSC, Vice Chair of the Critical Care Research Committee, Co-Director of the Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit, Medical Director of the Health Care Systems Engineering Program at the Mayo Clinic
- Pierre Tibi, MD, Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center and President of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management
- Axel Hofmann, ME, Director of the Medical Society for Blood Management and medical economist
- Moderator Sherri Ozawa, RN, Clinical Director of The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, Senior Director of Patient and Family Engagement, at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and President-Elect of the Society for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management.
These speakers had all been led by the Englewood vision of patient blood management, incorporating it into their work on national and international projects; they discussed how these principles can positively impact patient outcomes—reducing mortality, minimizing complications, and improving the economic delivery of health care across nations and continents. Their words provided a glimpse of what the rest of the world is doing in patient blood management, allowing those most invested to hear the latest in science and medical literature.
“We are very well aware of the culture here in bloodless and blood management,” Ozawa said, “but I think sometimes we don’t realize internationally the impact that we’ve had on others and where they’ve taken the work of this field from a scientific and a clinical perspective.”
Ozawa stressed that this year’s conference was particularly exciting, as work done at Englewood has influenced the most current international patient blood management project—the Western European Initiative. “It’s exciting to hear how others are doing this in other parts of the world and how Englewood has inspired them to do so,” she said.
For more information about Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, visit www.sabm.org. For more information about The Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, visit www.BloodlessMed.org.