WCACS programme

The Abdominal Compartment Society Congress 2023

The Congress highlights a multidisciplinary approach to abdominal problems. Specialists and trainees of general and trauma surgery, anesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine, internal medicine, nephrology and cardiology are warmly welcomed to participate.

THURSDAY 28th September

The Hurda Hall

Session I: Basics concepts of intra-abdominal hypertension

Chairs: Joel Starkopf (Estonia), Manu Malbrain (Belgium)

13:00 – 13:15 Pathophysiology and measurement of intra-abdominal pressure. Manu Malbrain (Belgium)
13:15 – 13:30 Epidemiology and impact on outcome. Kadri Tamme (Estonia)
13:30 – 13:45 Management. Joel Starkopf (Estonia)
13:45 – 14:00 Discussion

Session II: Medical conditions leading to disturbed blood supply for abdominal organs

Chairs: Kaspar Bachmann (Switzerland), Annika Reintam Blaser (Estonia)

14:15 – 14:30 Non-occlusive mesenteric ischaemia Vladislav Mihnovits (Estonia)
14:30 – 14:45 Right heart failure and abdominal blood supply: pathophysiology-based management. Kaspar Bachmann (Switzerland)
14:45 – 15:00 Concept and measurement of venous congestion Manu Malbrain (Belgium)
15:00 – 15:15 Intra-abdominal hypertension and kidney function: pathophysiology-based management. Kaspar Bachmann (Switzerland)
15:15 – 15:30 Case presentation. Joel Starkopf (Estonia)
15:30 – 15:45 Discussion

Workshop 16:00-17:30: VExUS (The Venous Excess Ultrasonography Score) in parallel with Sessions III and IV. Faculty: Vladislav Mihnovits (Estonia), Martin Padar (Estonia), Kaspar Bachmann (Switzerland), Manu Malbrain (Belgium), Oskar Appelberg (Estonia)

Session III: Open abdomen

Chairs: Ari Leppäniemi (Finland), Marije Smit (The Netherlands)

16:00 – 16:15 When to leave the abdomen open after surgery? Marije Smit (The Netherlands)
16:15 – 16:30 COOL Trial: surgical management of severe peritonitis. Ari Leppäniemi (Finland)
16:30 – 16:45 Management of the open abdomen and its consequences. Joel Starkopf (Estonia)
16:45 – 17:00 Abdominal wall reconstruction (timing and considerations). Ari Leppäniemi (Finland)
17:00 – 17:15 Case presentation. Karri Kase (Estonia)
17:15 – 17:30 Discussion

Session IV: Prophylaxis and management of the abdominal compartment syndrome

Chairs: Jan De Waele (Belgium), Marije Smit (The Netherlands)

17:45 – 18:00 How to avoid abdominal compartment syndrome. Annika Reintam Blaser (Estonia)
18:00 – 18:15 Medical management of the abdominal compartment syndrome. Jan De Waele (Belgium)
18:15 – 18:30 Case presentation. Ari Leppäniemi (Finland)
18:30 – 18:45 Discussion

FRIDAY 29th September

The Hurda Hall

Session V: WSACS future studies.

Chairs: Annika Reintam Blaser (Estonia), Kaspar Bachmann (Switzerland)

8:30-9:00 Short presentation of future study projects
09:00-09:30 Discussion

Session VI: Quo vadis WSACS?

Chairs: Manu Malbrain (Belgium), Annika Reintam Blaser (Estonia)

10:00-10:15 WSACS 2.0. Manu Malbrain
10:15-11:15 Round table discussion