COVID-19 webinar – UPDATE

COVID-19 webinar from June 2021 - video available

Find above the recording of the webinar from 16th June 2021. Original description and programme below.

Dear colleagues

The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (SSAI) has arranged bienniel conferences for many years, and the next one was planned to take place in Oslo June 16th – 18th 2021. Due to the COVID pandemic this congress has been postponed for one year and will take place in Oslo June 8th – 10th 2022. Save the new dates!

On June 16th this year, the start date for the original congress, we will arrange a Webinar from 12 noon to 4 PM. The webinar will be free of charge. All are welcome to join the webinar, SSAI members as well as physicians and other health care personnel from any country.

The theme of the Webinar will be: The COVID-19 pandemic: How do we cope, and how do we move forward? The focus will be on our specialty as anaesthesiologists and intensivists since we have had major challenges during the last year. Indeed, many health care workers have died or become severely ill, others have suffered from an extreme overload of work.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • Experiences with handling Covid-19 patients in the ICU and intermediary care units. Colleagues from each of the Nordic countries and one from Great Britain will discuss this. These colleagues have been highly involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and will share their experiences and challenges. We will also get insight into numbers of patients treated in each country and the outcome.
  • Research and treatment modalities during the pandemic: We have seen small and low-quality studies giving rise to extensive use of for instance hydroxychloroquine and other drugs in the beginning of the pandemic, but also rapid establishment of large, randomized clinical trials with high quality research (WHO Solidarity, REMAP-CAP) guiding us to a research-based approach to treatment.
  • How did we cope? Studies on how health care personnel have tackled the pandemic will be presented, and preventive measures discussed.
  • Learned lessons from this pandemic to be better prepared for the next. Discussion panel with intensive care specialists and Health Authorities.


Francois Lamontagne
MD, Professor
Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux – Estrie in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Chair of the BMJ/WHO living COVID-19 guideline and major role in several multicenter ICU trials

Kathy Rowan
Director/Clinical Trials Unit Director/Interim Head of Clinical Audit
Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), London, UK
Major role in REMAP-CAP studies

Anders Tegnell
State epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

Espen Rostrup Nakstad (NOR)
Assistant Director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Oslo, Norway

Sten Rubertsson
MD, PhD, Professor
Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sverige
Emergency council in the National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, Sweden

Steffen Christensen
MD, PhD, Associate Prof
Dept. of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

Tero Varpula
MD, PhD, Adj Prof
Jorvi Hospital, part of Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland

Martin Ingi Sigurdsson
MD, PhD, Professor
Lanspitali, Reykjavik, Iceland

Jon H Laake
Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Michelle Chew
MD, PhD, Professor
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Andreas Barratt-Due
Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Bodil Steen Rasmussen
MD, PhD, Professor
Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark

Svein Are Osbakk
Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Kristina Bondjers
Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Disasters and migration, Oslo, Norway

Scientific program

12.00 – 12.10WelcomeTor Inge Tønnessen
12.10 – 13.35Experiences with handling COVID-19 patients in the ICU and intermediary care units
 DenmarkSteffen Christensen
 FinlandTero Varpula
 IcelandMartin Ingi Sigurdsson
 NorwayJon H Laake
 SwedenMichelle Chew
 UKKathy Rowan
13.35 – 14.45Research and treatment modalities during the pandemic
 COVID ARDS: Pathophysiology and treatment modalitiesBodil Steen Pedersen
 WHO solidarity studiesAndreas Barratt-Due
 REMAP-CAP studiesKathy Rowan
 Pre-hospital management of COVID-19, inter-hospital transfers and preparedness and resilience for future pandemicsSvein Are Osbakk
 Developing guidelines for COVID-19Francois Lamontagne
14.45 – 15.00How did we cope? Studies on how health care personnel have tackled the pandemic
 Studies on health personnelKristina Bondjers
15.00 – 16.00Learned lessons from this pandemic to be better prepared for the next
 Panel discussionAnders Tegnell
  Espen Rostrup Nakstad
  Francois Lamontagne
  Sten Rubertsson

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On behalf of the program committee SSAI 2021/2022

Tor Inge Tønnessen
Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Congress president SSAI 2021/2022

Division of Critical Care and Emergencies 
Rikshospitalet Medical Centre
Oslo University Hospital
0027 OSLO


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