Italian medical society takes its meeting on the road

The Italian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care and Resuscitation (SIAARTI), together with AIM Group International recently took to the road for its ‘Travelling with ICARE’ tour.

Going to the audience rather than the other way around, a SIAARTI truck toured hospitals around Italy for its knowledge exchange with anaesthesiologists and resuscitators.

“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” said Gaia Santoro, project manager at AIM Group International.

“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.”

The SIAARTI truck visited hospitals in eight cities, Turin, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Bari, strictly following preventive measures and social distancing.

“If you are unable to participate in ICare, ICare will come to you: this was our motto,” said Santoro.

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, with a total 48 hours training provided.

All the content collected during the tour was added to the web platform of the annual congress: SIAARTI ICare 2020 which took place in a virtual format.

“We are very satisfied with the results obtained, since the event took place during the Covid-19 emergency, it required a good dose of courage,” said Rosangela Quieti, managing director congress division of AIM Group International.

“It also provided an example of how we can return to in-person events in a safe and effective way.”