Abstract Submission Deadline
for the 7th NWAC is
January 13, 2016!
Do not miss the opportunity to share your work with the NWAC community worldwide.
All abstracts will be graded on a scale 1-10. The top 20 abstracts will be oral presentations, all other accepted submissions will be presented as posters.
Authors of the top 10 scoring abstracts will have the opportunity of giving an interview to be featured in NWAC newsletter which is read by 25,000 of your colleagues worldwide.
The best 3 presenters will be receive monetary awards ($500 best abstract, $350 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd) and complimentary registration to the 8th NWAC.
All accepted abstracts will be published in a peer reviewed journal.
We look forward to seeing you in New York April 20-23, 2016 at the 7th NWAC!
N. Nick Knezevic–Chair, Scientific Abstracts
Florian Falter–Chair, Scientific Committee
Interviews with 6th NWAC Abstract Presenters: Dr. Tandon
Dr. Tandon presented a study on objective pain measurement at the NWAC 2015 meeting in Vancouver, B.C., entitled “New objective pain score vs numeric rating scale for evaluation of acute pain: a comparative study.”
What inspired your research?
“We wanted to move beyond the subjective assessment of pain in order to better define and quantify pain. We believed that we could eliminate individual biases by doing away with the subjective component, and this would allow us to provide better quality of anaesthesia care. We validated the proposed ‘objective pain score’ against the widely used numeric rating scale (NRS).”
What were the major findings of your study?
“Patients found it confusing to report their pain in terms of numbers or proportions, and, in fact, such numbers often did not truly reflect the need for analgesia. While this is probably more so for mild to moderate pain than for severe pain, having an ‘objective pain score’ was easier for patients and gave us more meaningful information upon which to provide analgesia and to determine the effectiveness of the analgesia we provided.”
Were there any surprises or unusual occurrences during your study?
“At times, the patients rejected the NRS because they were either too preoccupied with their pain or were so comfortable and pain free that they simply did not care about pain. Instead, they were happy to tell us what they could or could not do in terms of their daily chores.”
Any ‘words of wisdom’ for residents and/or attendings who wish to embark on a research project?
“We are fortunate to have a department head who is supportive of clinical research aimed at improving quality patient care. We also have a great research team for data collection. I would advise against settling into a ‘comfort zone’ once certain interventional procedures are mastered. This will help to motivate clinicians to put aside the financial gains of clinical practice from time-to-time in order to pursue research interests.”
What is the status of regional anesthesia in India?
“To the best of my knowledge, regional anesthesia in India is on par with the best medical centers anywhere in the world. There are, however, variations in approach, especially when it comes to using image-guided procedures. I attribute this to lack of consensus guidelines suitable for local application. There should be wider application of image-guided procedures and innovative approaches in collaboration with industry to improve the safety, ease and efficacy of the intervention.”