In February of 2017 more than 350 medical professionals representing diverse disciplines in surgery, trauma, anesthesia, cardiology, obstetrics, radiology, emergency medicine and critical care from around the world met in Ӧrebro Sweden at the inaugural Endovascular Resuscitation and Trauma Management (EVTM) symposium. The event was the first of its kind, bringing together an array of dedicated providers with experience in caring for severely injured, ill or bleeding patients. Through presentations, panel discussions and moderator-led debates, attendees advanced their understanding of the capacity for catheter-based, endovascular approaches and technologies (present and future) to improve the survival and recovery of these challenging patients.
One year later, in February 2018, the organization hosted its second meeting in Houston, Texas. That meeting harnessed the palpable enthusiasm of spirited participants from the USA, Canada, Central and South America. The size, diversity and international composition of EVTM and the passionate nature of the discussions surpassed the projections of the event organizers. EVTM returned to Sweden in June 2018 where over 300 medical professionals from an array of disciplines have tapped into an underappreciated momentum for using endovascular techniques for vessel injury, hemorrhage control and resuscitation. Beyond its clinical, scientific and new technologies content, growing interest in endovascular approaches for broader applications in critical care – is apparent and growing. EVTM provides a common, cross-disciplinary forum to bring many disciplines together, the science to formulate clinical guidelines regarding the contemporary management of bleeding trauma patients using innovative endovascular technologies.
In response to the continued world-wide interest, this June Viktor Reva hosted a symposium in Saint Petersburg Russia extending mutual exchanges and shared visions into eastern Europe. Once again in October 2018, EVTM went on the road for a one day symposium in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 150 providers, hosted by Simone Fajer, representing nearly all of the largest Israeli teaching centers presented debates and round table discussions on the multidisciplinary approaches for provider training, vascular access technique and bleeding management strategies that dominated the scientific program. Prehospital and Military personnel were well represented in the meeting and contributed to novel ideas for extending the concepts of prolonged field care in austere environments.
We now introduce the latest (fourth) issue of the Journal of Endovascular Resuscitation and Trauma Management (JEVTM), commissioned as platform on which to continue the global discussion. The JEVTM aims to capture and maintain the cross-disciplinary momentum across a wide range of specialties including trauma surgery, cardiology, obstetrics, critical care, radiology, anesthesia and emergency medicine. The journal features novel interventions, endovascular solutions, and newly developing automated technologies for bleeding control. This will serve as both an electronic and print peer-reviewed forum by which to disseminate knowledge from clinical experiences and structured research.
Now we announce our sixth meeting, Pan American EVTM or PA-EVTM forum to be convened in Denver, Colorado on November 17th and 18th, 2019. The aims of PA-EVTM are as follows:
- Provide a dynamic forum with provocative interactive discussion and debates with leaders in this evolving field that is easily accessible to those in North, Central and South America.
- Serve as an abbreviated primer conference for EVTM-Ӧrebro to be held in June 2020.
- Provide a discussion and presentation venue for content to be considered by the new Journal of EVTM (JEVTM).
- Network with prehospital and military providers to develop future guidelines for extended care in austere environments.
- Provide a multidisciplinary emphasis on ultrasound guided access, avoidance of related complications and a deeper understanding of the innovative endovascular technologies available to treat vascular injury and control bleeding.
We enthusiastically provide this background and invite you to consider attending EVTM-Denver in 2019!
Chuck Fox, MD
Chief of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Trauma Surgeon
Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center, Denver, Colorado
Ernest E. Moore, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Joe DuBose, MD
University of Maryland, Baltimore Shock Trauma Center
Tal Hörer, MD, PhD
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden
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