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ECTES 2020 in Oslo cancelled

13. March 2020 ECTES 2020, News Comments Off on ECTES 2020 in Oslo cancelled

Official statement from Congress President Christine Gaarder:

Dear all,

It is with great sadness and frustration we have to inform you that ECTES 2020 in Oslo is cancelled! Due to the severity and development of the COVID19 situation, the Norwegian Health Authorities have decided to close the congress center and have cancelled all meetings until the end of April so far.

> Official press release

This includes the ECTES congress and we are also forced to cancel all pre-congress courses. More official and detailed information will follow to all as soon as it is available (see also the ESTES website) from Conventus and the Executive Board.

Sorry about this and hope to see you in the near future.
Take care to all of you in this difficult situation!

Best regards,

Christine Gaarder
Congress President ECTES 2020

Scientific Programme 2019

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Opening- & Closing Ceremony

Scientific Programme

Speaker/Chair Information

25. March 2019 General no comments

If You Are a Chair

Please locate your session room in due time. Please be at your session room at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.

We may remind you that speakers need to strictly observe the time schedule.
Panelists should not speak before they are recognised by the chair and must first clearly state their name, institution and country of origin.

If You Are a Speaker in a Session

Please locate your session room in due time. Please be at your session room at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.

The average speaking time for invited lectures is 15 minutes plus 3 minutes for discussions. Abstract presentations are 8 minutes plus 2 minutes for discussions.

Speakers should deliver (on USB flash drive) and view/check their PowerPoint presentations at the Speakers’ Preview Centre at least 3 hours prior to the start of the respective session. For sessions starting at 08:30, the PowerPoint presentations should be delivered the previous day. The Speakers’ Preview Centre opens on Saturday at 17:00.

If you wish to use your own laptop, it is crucial to make this known in the Speakers’ Preview Centre 3 hours in advance for organisational reasons.

Speakers are not permitted to take PowerPoint presentations directly to the technical assistant in the session rooms.

You may rest assured that your files will be deleted from the congress server after your presentation.

All speakers are requested to add a disclosure of interest form at the end of their presentation.
A template can be downloaded here.

If You Are Presenting an ePoster in a Poster Walk

The ePoster terminals can be found in the exhibition area. All ePosters are available during the whole duration of the conference at all terminals as well as at the self-study terminals. The ePoster service desk is located in Speakers’ Preview Centre.

Poster Walk: Each poster presentation should not last longer than 3 minutes maximum, allowing an additional discussion time of 2 minutes. Each poster  walk will be guided by a session chair.

Please find more information about how to upload your ePoster file here.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The regulation will fundamentally reshape the way in which data is handled across every sector, from healthcare to banking and beyond.

All images and videos taken in the EU that are shown in lectures and presentations during the congress must comply with GDPR rules.

Patients’ health and genetic data are considered as a special category of data called “sensitive data”. This encompasses all personal data which are, by their nature, particularly sensitive in relation to fundamental rights and freedoms and merit specific protection as the context of their processing could create significant risks. It is forbidden to share such personal data, including patients’ health and genetic data, unless it is under one of the grounds cited in Article 9 paragraph 2,encompassed in the table below:
If the patient gives explicit and unambiguous consent to the use of their data.
If the patient makes the data manifest himself or herself.
Processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.


7. January 2019 Sections, Visceral Trauma no comments


As mentioned in the Introduction, surgeons and surgical education in Europe is challenged by predominantly blunt trauma increasingly managed non-operatively, work hour restrictions, and few well developed trauma systems centralizing the most severely injured to well defined and dedicated trauma centres, most surgeons will feel uncomfortable with critically ill trauma patients. Let’s face it, the surgical responsibility for the critically injured trauma patient from the acute phase in the ED through hospital definitive treatment and ICU stay is not adequately covered in our surgical education. Every surgeon is responsible for his/her own competency in this field. With this chapter, the VTS seeks to point out what educational elements are necessary to reach a minimum competency in trauma care, and then provide a list of courses available within each of these areas. The VTS is not aiming at devloping new course concepts where there are relevant, high quality courses available. However, the VTS is open to taking on the challenge of developing educational concepts where deemed necessary.

The four main areas every surgeon should have additional education in order to be able to function in a team or as a trauma team leader and trauma surgeon are:

    • Advanced Trauma Life Support – ATLS

Similar courses for nursing staff like ATCN and TNCC should be promoted

European Trauma Course – ETC

Based on the same ABCDE principles as ATLS but has the teamwork aspect added (CRM)

  • Several local versions exist – they should only be regarded as additions to ATLS/ETC
  • COMMUNICATION – non-technical skills (Crew Resource Management – CRM)
    • ETC – has the team communication aspect as part of the curriculum
    • Many local trauma team communication simulations exist and all hospitals should be training team communication regularly.
  • Advanced trauma surgical technical skills
    • Definitive Surgical Trauma Course – DSTC

DSTC is a 3 day course with practical training as well as interactive discussions and robust training in surgical decision-making based on physiology. DSTC is currently organized in 29 countries; in Europe: France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria.. In several countries the course is being organized as a team course with anaesthesia (DATC)

  • Advanced Surgical Skills ..trauma – ASSET

One day didactic course owned by the ACS. Trains mainly vascular access in cadavers, but with some focus on decision-making. We suggest it as an add-on to DSTC or equivalent.

  • Advanced Trauma Operative Management – ATOM

One-day course focusing on trauma surgical technical skills. We suggest it to be used as refresher course after DSTC or combined with decision-making training.

  • Newcastle
  • Other specific trauma relevant courses
    • MUSEC
    • EVTM
    • MRMI


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Trauma care has to be systematic and simple. The treatment of most injuries can be protocolized and is so in well-developed trauma systems. Protocols and guidelines are helpful in stressful situation were quick decisions has to be taken by less experienced physicians.

Development of robust guidelines is a resource-intensive task and relevant and updated guidelines have been developed and cover most existing trauma settings and injuries. No guideline will be of global relevance, since trauma care has to take into account the setting and resources in which the patient is being treated. Even within Europe, the health care systems and resource situations vary. The VTS committee has therefore decided that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel where there is a functional one already existing.  We have therefore decided to provide links to relevant webpages where updated protocols and guidelines can be found for the fields of trauma we aim to cover.

If you, as a member of VTS or interested reader discover fields that are not adequately covered or update is due, we trust you to be active and let us know, so that we can consider the topic for development of a new guideline.

Initial trauma assessment

Specific injury treatment guidelines

Critical care in the trauma patient

Trauma system development and quality improvement programs

Section’s Board Members

7. January 2019 Sections, Visceral Trauma no comments
  • Tina Gaarder (Chair), Department of Traumatology, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway (2017)
  • Ruben Peralta (Vice-chair)
  • Luke Leenen
  • Diego Mariani
  • Shahin Mohseni, Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery, Department of Surgery, Orebro University Hospital, Sweden (2018)
  • Alan Biloslavo
  • Falco Hietbrink, Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Paal Aksel Naess, Department of Traumatology, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway (2018)