Blood and Beyond 2019 focuses on current and emerging issues in surgery and critical care

Every day surgical and critical care teams across Canada help change and save the lives of their patients. What they do outside of our operating rooms and critical care units can be just as important to the care patients receive.

What impact can recreational drug use have on surgery and intensive care patients? How does gender affect a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease? These and other hot topics are on deck for health professionals taking part in this spring’s Blood and Beyond conference in Halifax.

Registration is now open for the annual conference, hosted by Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and Dalhousie University's departments of anesthesia and critical care.

For more than a decade, the event has provided education on current and emerging issues related to surgery, and in more recent years, critical care. This year’s program features presentations, workshops and case studies appealing to multiple disciplines, including anesthesia, surgery, medicine, hematology, critical care, gynecology, obstetrics, family medicine, perfusion, nursing, laboratory technology and more.

“We have an exceptional panel of local and national speakers lined-up to speak on some of the most important and relevant topics facing health care providers,” said Dr. Blaine Kent, whos serves as co-chair of the organizing committee, and is also both NSHA's site chief at the Halifax Infirmary for the department of anesthesia and director of perioperative blood management.

Presentation topics and keynote speakers include:

  • Recreational drugs: anesthesia & ICU implications - Dr. John Fraser & Dr. Peter MacDougall
  • Gender differences in cardiovascular risk - Dr. Catherine Kells
  • Getting the most of your monitor in unstable patients - Dr. André Denault
  • RBC: No longer the "art of medicine"; we now have enough "science” - Dr. Jeannie Callum

“The learning and development made possible by this conference translates into the quality care we offer surgical and critical care patients, and we hope to see our greatest participation to date,” said Dr. Kent.

Blood and Beyond 2019 takes place at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax on April 27 and 28, 2019. For complete details on the conference program, registration, early bird rates, continuing education credits and more visit: