On the 7–11th of October the EAPS 2022 (European Academy of Paediatric Societies) was arranged in Barcelona and our Clinical Manager, Ph.D. MD Tetiana Kovtiukh, was there. The congress is organized by the three leading European societies the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP), the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). The biannual event attracts scientists and clinicians from all over the world. It is an important forum for knowledge sharing, where the latest science is presented with the latest insights and tools. We did a short interview with Dr. Tetiana to summarize the congress.

Could you tell me a bit more about the pre-congress course you attended?
I attended the course “Nuts and bolts of pediatric mechanical ventilation”, conducted for one full day with a lot of new learnings. The course was conducted by Alberto Medina Villanueva, Chair of Professional Development ESPNIC and authors of “Handbook of paediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilation”, Stavroula Ilia, APLS (Advanced Pediatric Life Support) provider and instructor involved in clinical research protocols in PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) studies, and Martin Kneyber, member of the editorial board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and frequent reviewer of international journals.

The course leaders were key opinion leaders within neonatology and pediatrics and the course itself was clinically oriented with clinical cases led by professional doctors and with equipment present in hospitals’ intensive care units today. From the beginning of the course, they created a base of the cases with real-life parameters babies’ weight and machine settings to create a good understanding of how to use mechanical ventilation in different situations and with different moods. However, they also showed novel possibilities with mechanical ventilation and the various moods, as well as non-invasive methods of respiratory support.

What was the most interesting during these days?
This congress had a lot of sessions and a very widespread program where you could choose from a wide variety of presentations, and several sessions occurring at the same time. It was also very interesting that some sessions included connected topics, such as work/life balance for doctors, especially those working in poorer countries where it may be difficult to separate. With this widespread program, it felt like everyone could choose the topics that are connected to one’s field of interest.

I also liked the area where the results of the scientists’ research works were presented as an exhibition, especially as you could meet some of them and discuss the work.

How would you summarize the congress in Barcelona?
It was a great congress where I got to meet key opinion leaders from all over the world. It was a lot to take in from courses, presentations, and conversations, and I take with me lots of new knowledge. It was altogether a very good congress in Barcelona!

Read about the latest congress here: Neola Medical’s Clinical Manager visited UENPS 2022