ICAR Congress 2020 - a digital experience
End of March this year, the registration for ICAR 2020 Greece was just about ready to be launched, when Covid-19 pandemic started to change everything around the globe. Since then the Organizers, our Greek Hosts (HRT), the ICAR Executive Board and all organizations involved have been in close contact to monitor the dynamic developments and seek for possible solutions. It then became obvious, that the impact of the global pandemic (social distancing, meeting and travel restrictions, lack of flight availability, quarantine, etc.) will last and go beyond 2020, and finally the decision had to be made that an in person Congress will not take place in 2020.
Therefore, the following announcements have been made:
@ ICAR DELEGATES : On the internal ICAR MEDCOM FORUM you will find further information.
The History of ICAR MedCom
Because we can look back at a truly unique and exciting development of the Medical Commission over the last 66 years (starting in 1954), we have published a historical review of the ICAR MedCom.
Take a ride back in history to discover how the ICAR MedCom has grown up to be what it is today....
The ISMM World Congress in Interlaken which was supposed to be held from 2-5 June 2020 has been postponed.
The new dates have been set for 14-17 June 2021 in Interlaken, Switzerland. Please check the ISMM Congress website for regular updates.
COVID-19 Lung Injury is Not High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
A publication by Andrew M Luks et al
High Altitude Medicine and Biology
Dr Luks and colleagues clarify in this statement why there is a big distinction between HAPE and COVID-19 mediated lung injury and that one must not make a mistake in confusing these very different pathologies.
COVID-19 mediated lung injury has proven to be a heterogeneous disease in which patients present with varying degrees of hypoxemia, alterations in lung compliance and other physiologic derangements. In this challenging time, we must identify the best means to care for these critically ill patients. That approach should be grounded in sound pulmonary physiology, clinical experience and, when available, evidence from clinical studies. We must avoid propagation of erroneous theories and treatments with potentially deleterious consequences for patient care
Due to the CoVid-19 Outbreak and the international travel regulations as well as the need for our doctors, nurses, paramedics to stay at home and care for the patients in hospitals and intensive care and communities, we have to cancel the planned ICAR MedCom Spring Meeting in New Zealand.
More information on alternative plans will follow.
This pandemic affects everyone around the world, and our members are working hard on ICU and in the ED, in ambulatories and offices, in the prehospital setting on ambulances and helicopters to try and manage this disease.
Some are happy to share infos from their hospitals, flowcharts and publications. We are collecting these on www.alptrauma.de and are happy for you to use this info.
SARS CoV-2 Info for medical personnel : www.alptrauma.de