WG on RA: 2009 will be great!

The ISVRA Working Group on Regional Anaesthesia (RA) met in Bologna the 28th of February at Portoni Rossi Veterinary Hospital. The meeting started Saturday at 2 PM and ended Sunday at 1 PM.

Saturday was devoted to clinical case presentation allowing attending members to share knowledge about management of difficult blocks and RA complications. Interestingly, most of them perform regional anaesthesia on a routine basis for surgery involving the hind limb, caudal abdomen and perineum despite some sort of criticism by the surgeon. Clinical cases presented by Nicola Masetto and Davide Gamba raised a lot of interest among attending colleagues. The late afternoon was devoted to design a new prospective multicentre clinical study about caudal epidural anaesthesia for hind limb surgery. Finally, Michela Rossi (Milan, Italy) was elected Chair of the Working Group for the current year.

Sunday was devoted to a cadaver workshop on epidural anaesthesia chaired by Davide Gamba, one of the most experienced veterinary ‘regional’ anaesthetist in Europe. All attending members enjoyed practicing single shot epidural and epidural catheter placement under fluoroscopic guidance.

Next meeting will be held by the end of May.