From 21st September to 4th October, the talian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care and Resuscitation (SIAARTI) went on tour by truck, visiting hospitals in 8 Italian cities, Turin, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Bari.
The participants had the opportunity to meet experts, health managers, local administrators and sponsors, in the outdoor meeting area, attending dozens of round tables, interviews and “meet the expert” sessions. A total 48 hours training was provided. All the content collected during the tour enriched the web platform of the annual congress: SIAARTI ICare 2020 which took place in a virtual format.
“In September 2020, we understood that the scientific society members needed to feel closeness to their colleagues engaged in the ongoing health emergency and it was necessary to find a solution to facilitate discussion and involve all stakeholders despite current limitations” says Gaia Santoro, Project Manager and Head of Sponsorship Unit AIM Group International, who helped organising the event.
“For the first time, the congress left its physical location and travelled to major hospitals. Anaesthesiologists and resuscitators, still dealing with the pandemic, had the opportunity to participate in the live events, held close to where they work rather than travelling to a congress. It was a courageous event, but one that combines safety, knowledge exchange, innovation and ability to react”.
“Every year, SIAARTI organizes dozens of meetings but this year we had to limit our activity”, comments Emiliano Tizi, Executive Officer SIAARTI. “With the ICare tour, we re-worked the formula, taking the congress out of the congress center to reach our members where they work. We demonstrated that SIAARTI is there for them once again and is responding to their needs.”
A 3 minute video of the tour can be found on Youtube