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CSA in Paradise: The Fall
Conference on Kauai
By	Ronald	Pearl,	MD,	PhD

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ur CSA Fall Conference this year was held at the Grand
Hyatt Resort and Spa on the beautiful island of Kauai,
Hawaii's Garden Isle. The educational mission of the CSA
is to provide relevant, timely, high-quality education to
anesthesia professionals from California and all over the
world that will allow them to deliver exceptional patient
care. The meeting faculty included international experts
from a wide range of subspecialties within anesthesiology
who presented the latest information relevant to our
practice. The curriculum also focused on the expanding role
of the anesthesiologist in perioperative care.
This year's meeting was sold out, and the enthusiastic
audience of over 270 attendees included members of the
CSA and anesthesia providers from throughout the United
States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the
Pacific Rim. For some, this was their first CSA Hawaii
meeting, but many attend on a repeating basis to enjoy the
consistently high-quality of speakers and presentations
provided. Although most attendees were practicing
physician anesthesiologists, the attendees also included
residents, fellows, anesthesiologist assistants, and nurse
anesthetists.

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This year's faculty included five outstanding speakers.
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Nancy Glass, MD, MBA, FAAP,
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology
at Baylor University, discussed topics
in pediatric anesthesia relevant to the
practicing anesthesiologist, including
neurodevelopmental toxicity of anesthesia,
recognizing the difficult airway in children, the
use of multi-modal anesthesia in children, and

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new concerns with tonsillectomy in children.
Maxime Cannesson, MD, PHD, Professor
of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for
Perioperative Medicine at the University of
California Los Angeles, discussed multiple
topics related to the perioperative surgical
home, including redesigning the preoperative
clinic, designing pathways for the high-risk
surgery patient, and principles for successful
implementation of an Enhanced Recovery
After Surgery (ERAS) pathway. In addition, Dr.
Cannesson discussed how to predict whether
volume expansion will be effective in improving
hemodynamics in an individual patient.
Michael Barrington, MB, BS, FANZCA,
PHD, Associate Professor at the University of
Melbourne, discussed topics related to regional
anesthesia, including prevention of neurologic
complications, the role of regional anesthesia
plane blocks such as the TAP block, tips for
learning regional anesthesia, and the role of
neuraxial anesthesia for major truncal and local
limb surgery.
Cynthia Lien, MD, Professor and Chair of
Anesthesiology at the Medical College of
Wisconsin, discussed anesthesia for clipping
and coiling of intracranial aneurysms, avoiding
residual neuromuscular blockade, and the use
of sugammadex. In addition, Dr. Lien discussed
methods for training the good clinician.

As chair of the meeting, I discussed topics related to the
overlap between anesthesiology and critical care medicine,
including perioperative management of pulmonary



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