No, it certainly doesn't happen every day that we see pig's lungs being intubated in a workshop at the Congress Center Basel (CCB) but this is doubtless an everyday procedure for the 800 or so participants at the annual conference of the Swiss Society for Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, SGAR. The Thursday started with a series of refresher courses and a tour of the exhibition. The afternoon was then devoted to the satellite meetings of the different interest groups. This was followed on the Friday by presentations, open communications and the annual general meetings of the SGAR and SIGA. The day was brought to a close with a joint meal at the nearby Minamoto restaurant. The practical side came into its own on the Saturday, when a number of different workshops were held.
"Alongside the conference in the CCB, a generously-dimensioned exhibition with 58 exhibitors was staged in Hall 4.1, and participants met up in the SGAR Lounge to engage in networking in a relaxed atmosphere", says Nicolas Widmer, in charge at the CCB, looking back over the event. The SGAR conference was staged in cooperation with the Swiss Association for Anaesthetic Nurses, SIGA. The team at the CCB was able to hold this top-calibre Swiss event in cooperation with Bern-based congress organisers, BBS Congress.