Internal Regulations

LATIN AMERICAN CONFEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OF ANESTHESIOLOGY “CLASA”

AIRWAY PERMANENT COMMISSION

DEFINITION:

This non-profit entity of the Latin American Confederation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (CLASA) is dedicated to teaching, research and training in airway management, is called EVALa.

OBJETIVES:

The Development of Research, Publications and Teaching

  • On-site Airway Training Courses in Latin America
  • Online Airway Management Training in Latin America.
  • Development of Articles, Algorithms, Related Books in Latin America.

JUSTIFICATION:

CLASA EVALa Course “Internal Regulations” have been designed to unify criteria for the development of CLASA EVALa courses in the region, and these will be applied to all courses during the year.

OPERATIONAL RULES:

The regulations have been developed around 20 items, detailed below:

1.- A CLASA EVALa Internal Committee (IC) has been created, whose main functions will be the design, execution and supervision of activities related to the program’s development.

  • President of the Committee: Dr Guillermo Navarro. Argentina.
  • Vice-president of the Committee: Dr Haydee Osses. Chile.
  • General Secretary: Dr Cecilia Sandoval. Mexico
  • Coordination of the North Region: Dr Kathleen Quintero
  • Coordination of the Southern Region: Dr Rodrigo Sosa Argaña. Paraguay

2.- CLASA EVALa courses will be developed by a Society or Federation integrated to CLASA.

The airway commission of each Society or Federation, when applicable, or the assigned local director will put the upmost effort into stimulating the design, execution and course promotion in time and to the best of forms to guarantee the success of the course.

3.- There will be six (6) CLASA EVALa courses each calendar year, ideally running every two months. The courses being offered and reception of enrolment applications will be carried out during the last quarter of the year prior to the actual course. Assignment will specify a particular date, meaning the organizing entity has the commitment to carry out the course at that agreed time. The deadline for applications will be the month of December of the year prior to the course.

Approximate course dates:

1. CLASA EVALa Course last week of January/first week of February

2. CLASA EVALa Course last week of March/first week of April

3. CLASA EVALa Course last week of May/first week of June

4. CLASA EVALa Course last week of July/first week of August

5. CLASA EVALa Course last week of September/first week of October

6. CLASA EVALa Course last week of November/first week of December

4.- All EVALa courses will have a “Course Director” whose nationality concords with the organizing country. The selected director must be a member of the CLASA EVALa Group. If there were a conflict regarding the assignment of the course director, a solution will be found between the organizing country and the CLASA’s EVALa’ IC. The CLASA EVALa Course Director will have previously taken this course, not being able to take up this position without this previous condition being fulfilled.

5.- All EVALa courses will last three (3) days, beginning on a Thursday, ending on a Saturday.

6.- The format of the course includes theory-based scientific sessions with different content selected by the director of the organizing country (round tables, clinical cases, interactive talks, Pro.Con etc.), information given to the participants should always be based on available scientific evidence, up-to-date international standards of approved measures, the personal experience of the teachers assigned to the course.

7.- Practical workshops with mannequins and devices with a minimum of 8 tables and a maximum of 10, depending on the resources, availability, number of participants and the local director’s materials.

8.- High fidelity simulation scenarios and practical sessions in the operating room with patients under general anaesthesia if these are available.

9.- Practical activities will be grouped in two types: compulsory and optional

Obligatory:

  • Supra glottic ventilation and intubation devices. Includes Video Laryngeal Mask.
  • Infraglottic devices
  • Ultrasonography (applications related to airway control)
  • Video laryngoscopy with standard and high-curved blades (devices with and without channels)
  • Paediatrics table
  • Basic fibrobronchoscopy, disposable, intubation through DSG,
  • Tubing guides and interchangers. LDC with special blades (e.g. Mc Coy).
  • Discussion round table on clinical cases in VAD (interactive)
  • High fidelity simulation (if the simulator is available).

Additional Optatives

  • Rigid and flexible optical fiberscopes
  • Intubation with retrograde techniques
  • Ventilation with simple MF and LDC.
  • Bronchial separators
  • If the host country has a high fidelity simulator and the possibility of practical sessions in operating theatres on patients under general anaesthesia, these activities are considered mandatory.

10.- All CLASA EVALa courses must be made up of the following proportion of teachers:

  • 80% professors from the CLASA EVALa group (Latin America).
  • 20% Professors from the USA, Europe or at the criteria of the local director.
  • “Under no circumtances will Fidiva Course Members be accepted on CLASA EVALa courses”

11.- All CLASA EVALa courses must have a “minimum quantity” of professors:

  • 8 international teachers.
  • 8 national, local teachers.

This item could be changed and modified depending on the resources of the local director, the host organizing national federation and the EVALa IC. Allowing for around a 20% variation.

The “maximum quantity” of professors and collaborators will be assigned by the local director.

12.- All CLASA EVALa courses will be able to enrol an average of 120 participants, with the minimum number for running the course being 80 and the maximum 120.

The final number of participants will be determined by the local director.

13.- All CLASA EVALa courses will carry a registration fee of 250 dollars for anaesthesiologists and related specialties (Emergentologists, Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Intensive Care Specialists, General Medical practitioners) and US $ 125 for resident anaesthesiology or related specialty doctors. Modifications to these values may be made according to the best judgment of the local director and whenever there are local conditions that mean the suggested fees are not possible.

It should be noted that the academic program is focused on the Anaesthesiology and Reanimation specialty.

14.- It is mandatory for participants to complete:

  • The academic course quality survey.
  • The teacher development and activity survey.
  • The satisfaction survey regarding the facilities, organization and food offered during the course.
  • A final exam consisting in 40 multiple choice questions.

The final exam will be delivered in electronic format to the mailboxes of each participant and they will have 30 days to complete it and send it back. To get the academic points for the course it is mandatory to have completed the three surveys before the completion of the course and to have delivered the completed examination within the aforesaid period.

15.- Any doctors aspiring to the category of EVALa course professors must have completed at least one full course prior to their incorporation, also having sent a written request to join the group, with due recognition from their national society, as defined by the CLASA EVALa’s IC.

16.- Participants must meet the following criteria to pass the course and receive the points awarded by their Society or National Federation

  • 80% attendance of the whole course.
  • Delivery of the three surveys requested at the beginning of the course.
  • 80% of the answers in the exam correct (module by email).

17.- During the practical workshops, the CLASA EVALa group teachers will follow a dress code (polo-type shirts) with the EVALa / CLASA logo on the front left, the teacher’s name and surname on the front right, and on the side of one of the sleeves, the name of the industry that has contributed.

18.- CLASA makes a strong institutional recommendation to all confederated partners of the region about the completion of this course and its repetition every 4 years.

19.- The CLASA EVALa course calendar will be closed in the month of December of the year prior to the actual course.

20.-PROVISIONAL:

EVALa courses can also be held during national and satellite CLASA conferences, these will not meet the specific requirements of EVALa, specifically designed as an Airway Training workshop course and they will follow specific times and circumstances, reminding the organizers that they should be as close as possible to the specific rules for the training courses.

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