Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In November this year, the 8th annual scientific meeting of the European Society for the Peri-operative Care of the Obese Patient, (ESPCOP 2017), will be held in the city centre of Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest was known as “The Paris of the East” and we hope you will join us and be able to see why. This meeting will run on the Friday 3rd and Saturday the 4th of November, and the main theme of this year’s meeting will be Airway Management in the Obese.

Eastern Europe has not been spared from the “globesity” endemic, and many centres for bariatric surgery and anaesthesia are active in the region. In order to give an update and overview of all the keys points in the perioperative management of the morbidly obese patient, suitable for any anaesthetist who works with morbidly obese patients – which today is all of us – We start the main meeting on Friday 3rd November ESPCOP with the fundamental course “Key Issues in the peri-operative care in the obese patient”. This series of short, sharp lectures covers all the key aspects of pre-op assessment, intra-operative anaesthesia and post-operative care of the Morbidly Obese. In addition we will be linked with a live session on opioid free anaesthesia.

The day before the Key Issues meeting, on Thursday the 2nd, there will be a pre-congress course, an airway workshop to practice advanced and rescue airway techniques on a live animal model (anaesthetized pigs). This will offer an hands-on experience of a wide variety of airway management devices and techniques of use when faced with a difficult airway, with specific reference to the morbidly obese patient. Places will be limited and early booking is advised.

For our main Scientific Session on the Saturday, ESPCOP has joined forces with an international panel of invited speakers from specialist societies including the Society for Airway Management (SAM from the USA), the European Airway Management Society (EAMS) and obesity societies such as SOBA from the UK and the US Obesity Anaesthesia Society, ISPCOP. This all-day scientific meeting will be dedicated to the respiratory challenges, airway and ventilatory management of the obese patient. Each of these topics will be discussed with reference to the operating room, intensive care unit and the emergency department.

More details, including registration information, will be available on our regularly updated website

We hope that our exciting and interactive scientific program, together with a lively and enjoyable social program, will encourage you to come and join us between 2nd -4th November 2017 in the heart of the city of Bucharest, Romania.

Save the date, and don’t forget to bring loads of garlic.

Kind regards, on behalf of the ESPCOP board members and faculty,

Luc De Baerdemaeker

President ESPCOP

Daniela Godoroja

Organizer and Secretary ESPCOP