The 18th annual congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine was held recently in Amsterdam, Holland. The congress is one of the leading professional gatherings in the world for this field. Hadassah was well represented by Professor Charles Sprung, Director of HMO’s General Intensive Care Unit, and Julie Benbenishty, R.N., an HMO intensive care nurse, who were 2 out of the 13 members on the organizing committee. They, along with Dr. Yoram Weiss of HMO’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Professor Yoel Donchin, Director of HMO’s Critical Care Transport Unit and Head, HMO’s Patient Safety Unit, gave several lectures and chaired various sessions. Among the topics they covered were: euthanasia, triage of mass casualties, organizing the hospital disaster team, safety, nurse involvement and leadership, caring for the patient and family, ethics, sedation, and more.

Professor Meir Liebergall, Chair of HMO’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, will be one of the lecturers at a highly prestigious symposium on “Extremity War Injuries: Current, State of the Art, and Future Directions.” The symposium will take place in Washington, D.C. next January, and according to the organizers, it will serve to define current knowledge regarding extremity war injuries for the United States’ National Institutes of Health, Congress, and the Department of Defense, as well as orthopedic surgeons, researchers, industry, and other relevant governmental agencies.

Medtronic and Zimmer, two giant American corporations, have published a brochure on “Orthopedic Navigation Solutions–Computer-Assisted Surgery.” The brochure includes quotations from only four physicians about the technologies and products described in it. One is from Prof. Meir Liebergall, head of HMO’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition, only three articles are quoted in the brochure as professional references. Two of them were written by Hadassah orthopedists.