Jan Hendrickx is a member of the Dept. of Anesthesiology in Aalst, Belgium, and an alumnus of the Dept. of Anesthesiology of Pittsburgh and of Stanford, CA, USA. He has a life-long interest in the quantitative aspects of low flow and closed circuit anesthesia. He is a past chair of the ESA subcommittee on Equipment, Monitoring and Ultrasound, and current member of the ESA Patient Safety and Quality Committee and the APSF Committee on Technology. When, in the operating room, he asks: “Why do you not use a lower fresh gas flow”, a frequent reply he gets, is: “To have a little reserve!” or “For safety!”. When asking “reserve for what?”, or “What safety issue are we talking about?”, faces turn south and voices moot. What exactly happens if the fresh gas flow is too low ? How to use a closed circuit with a fresh gas flow below uptake? Workstation responses when fresh gas flows are lower than patient uptake: Kill Bill III ?
Michel MRF Struys
Michel Struys is Professor and Chair at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands, and affiliated as Professor in Anesthesia to the Ghent University, Belgium. His research group is one of the world leading groups in anesthetic pharmacology, including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modelling, drug interaction research and drug administration systems such as TCI and closed-loop. He is an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, senior editor of Anesthesia and Analgesia, and a former associated editor of Anesthesiology. He is a Past President of the International Society of Anesthetic Pharmacology, past member of the committee on Pharmacology of the ESA, and board member of EuroSIVA. He has been a speaker at NAVAt and will co-chair at NAVAt VI.
Patrick Wouters is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Professor of Clinical Physiology at Ghent University, Belgium. He has published extensively on right ventricular function. He has chaired the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Clinical and Experimental Circulation and the Subcommittee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists on Echocardiography. The area of his expertise, his personal enthusiasm and support for the NAVAt meetings, the enthusiastic attendance of his department, and the many historical ties on a personal and academic level prompted us to invite him as the fifth member of the NAVAt group. We look forward to have him chair at NAVAt VI and participate in the future.