Prof. Dr. Žana Ćabak-Borovčanin (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA/BHAAAS)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melissa Kreso (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA)

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The scientific program of the Symposium offers expert sessions, special lectures and a hands-on workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to share innovating ideas in anesthesiology, perioperative medicine, intensive care, emergency medicine, as well as evidence-based knowledge of primary clinical relevance. The highlight of the Symposium is the “Difficult Airway Management Course”. This comprehensive, state-of-the-art course offers advanced airway training with the goal to obtain hands-on experience with difficult airway management techniques. The Difficult Airway Management Course is designed to take you through five workstations in order to demonstrate equipment, devices and practice skills.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to master:

  1. Indications, contraindications, techniques and complications of fiberoptic intubation
  2. Techniques of topicalization of the airway for awake fiberoptic intubation
  3. Fiberoptic guided intubation through supraglottic airway devices
  4. Use of airway catheters during extubation of difficult airway or endotracheal tube exchange
  5. Application of video laryngoscopes, with opportunities to compare different video laryngoscopy devices
  6. Surgical airway techniques – cricothyrotomy for emergency surgical airway.

Symposium is ideally suited for anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, emergency medicine and otolaryngology physicians.

Saturday, June 25th - Hotel Holiday - Room HOLIDAY

Welcome and Announcements

Symposium Chairs:
Žana Ćabak-Borovčanin (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA/BHAAAS)
Melissa Kreso (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA)

08:50 – 09:00

Noninvasive Ventilation in Perioperative Care

Emir Festić (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA/BHAAAS)

09:00 – 09:20

Neuraxial Management for Labor Analgesia

Melissa Kreso (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA)

09:20 – 09:40

Revisiting Ethical Principles in ICU

Adnan Begović (University of California San Diego, USA/BHAAAS)

09:40 – 10:00

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

A Quality of Critical Care: Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic

Ognjen Gajić (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA/BHAAAS)

10:30 – 11:00

Patient satisfaction with single-shot spinal analgesia for labor – a single-center study

Ivan Keser, Denis Imamović, Ranka Krtinić, Edina Pajt (General Hospital Dr. Abdulah Nakaš, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

11:00 – 11:15

Histomorphometric parameters as indicators of nerve tissue damage after perineural and intraneural application of liposomal bupivacaine in rat model

Lejla Dervišević, Ilvana Hasanbegović, Amela Dervišević, Esad Ćosović, Zurifa Ajanović, Aida Šarac-Hadžihalilović, Emina Dervišević, Adis Salihbegović (Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

11:15 – 11:30

Ketamine as the main analgesic agent during analgesia-based sedation for elective colonoscopy – a randomized, double-blind, control study

Mirza Kovačević (Cantonal Hospital Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

11:30 – 11:45

Challenges in the anesthetic management of a patient with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease – a case report

Nermin Ismić (General Hospital Dr. Abdulah Nakaš, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

11:45 – 11:55

A broken introducer needle after neuraxial anesthesia for C-section – a case report

Suzana Šobot Novaković, Jovana Jevđić (University Clinical Center of Republika Srpka, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

11:55 – 12:05

Intravascular Misplacement of Central Venous Catheter - Tips for Practical Management

Edina Pajt, Ivan Keser, Ranka Krtinić, Stoja Erić (General Hospital Dr. Abdulah Nakaš, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

12:05 – 12:15

Urgent difficult intubation due to polypoid hyperplasia almost completely obliterating the lumen of the nasopharynx and oropharynx: a case report

Mirko Mihalj (University Clinical Hospital of Mostar, University of Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

12:15 – 12:25

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Difficult Airway Management Course Stations

  • Flexible Fiberoptic Intubation – Oral and Nasal
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Intubation via Supraglottic Airway
  • Awake Tracheal Intubation – Airway Block Anatomy
  • Video Laryngoscopes and Airway Exchange Catheters
  • Emergency Surgical Airway – Front-of-Neck Access – Cricothyrotomy


Žana Ćabak-Borovčanin (Rochester, New York, USA/BHAAAS)

Ivan Keser (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Vesna Čengić (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Melissa Kreso (Rochester, New York, USA)

Ognjen Gajić (Rochester, Minnesota, USA/BHAAAS)

Emir Festić (Jacksonville, Florida, USA/BHAAAS)

Jasmin Šabić (Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

13:30-16:30 (with coffee break 15:00-15:30)

Closing Remarks

Symposium Chairs:
Prof. Dr. Žana Ćabak-Borovčanin (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA/BHAAAS)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melissa Kreso (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA)

16:30 – 16:40