1st SEHA Vascular Symposium in Abu Dhabi to raise awareness on vascular conditions

4105Mafraq Hospital has announced the 1st SEHA Vascular Symposium in Abu Dhabi. The event is supported by SEHA and will be led by Mafraq Hospital’s Chief of General Surgery and vascular expert Dr Mohammed Baguneid. The symposium will be held at Westin Abu Dhabi Golf and Spa Resort on 5 May 2014 (Monday).

Cardio-vascular diseases (CVD) are a leading cause of mortality in the UAE. One in five people in the UAE die due to CVD. The event is part of SEHA and Mafraq Hospital’s efforts to improve health care standards and to reduce vascular mortality rates by creating disease awareness among people residing in Abu Dhabi and across the UAE. It will shed light on vascular conditions amongst surgical and medical trainees and help them better understand conditions they will face in their specialty.

Mafraq Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA).

Dr Baguneid remarked, “For a population of around 2.5 million in the Abu Dhabi Emirate population, the volume of vascular surgical interventions is low per capita than would be expected, based on volumes in other developed healthcare systems. One of the reasons is the lack of disease awareness and referral of patients who suffer with vascular disease . Currently, patients suffering with transient ischemic attacks and minor strokes are not being identified and referred for vascular ultrasound assessment and therefore, not undergoing life-saving carotid surgery. There is no screening of abdominal aortic aneurysms and only a few of those picked up on incidental scans are being referred for further assessment.”

For the year 2012, less than 17 cases defined as aortic or carotid surgery were recorded at a SEHA service line activity assessment. The volume seen in the UK for a similar population would be approximately 400 patients undergoing carotid surgery and a 250 having aortic aneurysmal disease treated .

“The symposium addresses the need to create vascular disease awareness and provide clinical and practical information to help practitioners better manage patients on a day-to-day basis. It brings together more than 10 multidisciplinary healthcare experts in the vascular field globally and within SEHA’s comprehensive network to focus on multidisciplinary approaches that will help improve prevention, detection, referral and treatment of vascular patients in the community”, he added.

A range of topics that will be covered at the symposium includes complex limb salvage issues in diabetic patients, endovascular management of aneurysms and dissection, venous diseases, carotid endarterectomy, surgical and endovascular options for peripheral arterial diseases (PAD) and modern techniques to manage vascular trauma. Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has accredited the conference for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and has awarded the program 7 CME hours.

On vascular patients seeking medical treatment abroad, Dr Baguneid cited previous lack of vascular surgeons in the region as one of the main reasons. “SEHA has been investing in recruitment of a substantial vascular service including vascular consultants, vascular ultrasound technicians, leg ulcer nurse specialists and podiatrists, which will ensure a multidisciplinary approach towards CVD, and reverse the trend of patients seeking treatment abroad.”

Mafraq Hospital currently has the largest dedicated team of vascular and endovascular consultants in the UAE. The most common vascular surgeries performed in the UAE are for diabetic foot complications, due to the high incidence of diabetes in the UAE… Mafraq Hospital has also undertaken several initiatives to raise awareness on diabetes to help prevent, detect and manage this disease across the Emirate.

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