• The World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy (OMED)
  • The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and
  • The Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (HSG)

are organizing a workshop on Sedation for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in Athens, Greece, 18-19 of September 2009.

The aim of this symposium is to review current practice on the use of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy around the World and elaborate guidelines on this topic, based on current published evidence, for the safety of the patients.

The Organizing Societies are inviting all endoscopists who are interested on this important topic to participate to the meeting.

OMED      ESGE     HSG

This Symposium is endorsed by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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Safe sedation in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Common Interest Group

UEGW - London, U.K.

17.15 - 19.15, 23 Nov. 2009 (Monday), Room: SG 24


Organising Committee:

Chair: Spiros Ladas (member of PAC of UEGF)

Members: Anthony Axon (President OMED), Guido Costamagna (President ESGE), Thierry Ponchon (ESGE), David Bjorkman (OMED)


Scientific Programme

17:15-17:45 Introductory lectures

Chair: T Ponchon

17.15-17.25 Meeting philosophy ATR Axon (OMED), G Costamagna (ESGE)

17.25-17.35 Sedation for GI endoscopy: Views around the world S Ladas

17.35-17.45 Throat spray, sedation or anesthetic? ATR Axon


17:45-18:05 Safety in endoscopic sedation

Chair: S Ladas

17.45-17.55 Preprocedural assessment J-M Dumonceau

17.55-18.05 Sedation and reversal agents A Fassoulaki


18:05-18:25: Monitoring the patient

Chair: J-M Dumonceau

18.05-18.15 Basic requirements (Blood pressure, Pulse Oximetry, EKG) D Bjorkman

18.15-18.25 Visual assessment of sedation levels (Ramsey, MOAA/S, Capnography) T Wehrmann


18:25-18:55: Sedation Issues

Chair: A Axon

18.25-18.35 Level of intended sedation G Paspatis

18.35-18.45 Sedation by non-Anesthesiologists T Wehrmann

18.45-18.55 When to consider anaesthesiology assistance T Ponchon


18:55-19:15: Sedation training

Chair: G Costamagna

18.55-19.05 Elements of airway training A Fassoulaki

19.05-19.15 Documentation of competency D Bjorkman

Invitation by OMED President


Dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to attend this workshop which will address important issues relating to the use of sedation in endoscopy. We intend to cover the recent advances that have been made in this area and will focus on indications, the nature and safety of sedative and anaesthetic drugs, their administration, the monitoring that is required and issues relating to training in their use. Our aim is to produce a consensus view and to publish recommendations.

Sedation varies according to the endoscopic procedure planned, the wishes of patient and endoscopist and the location of the examination. "Light sedation" administered by the endoscopist is often employed but there is an increasing demand for short-acting anaesthetics particularly for prolonged or uncomfortable therapeutic procedures, their use however has generated debate and we hope that this workshop which will take an overall view of the area will generate guidelines that can be generally accepted world-wide.

We have a distinguished international faculty but intend this workshop to be open to any medical practitioners who have an interest in these issues and who would like to contribute to the debate.

Tony Axon, President OMED.

Our Sponsors

The Organizing Societies thank the following BMI for sponsoring the Symposium:

Boston Scientific (Greek Representative)

Given Imaging (Greek Representative: Alapis Medical)


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