14th IAAS Congress    Bruges      30th May - 1st June 2022


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Bruges Concert Hall





Theme of meeting - 'Let's take you home tonight.'

Current work programme


IAAS has initiated a project in association with the European Union through the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) to develop and promote ambulatory surgery in 8 hospitals in Central Hungary. The SRSS helps EU countries to design and carry out structural reforms as part of their efforts to support job creation and sustainable growth.

The initial ‘kick-off’ meeting was held on May 3rd 2019 at the Ministry of Human Capacities in Budapest and was introduced by Professor Horvath, State Secretary of Health who has pledged high-level ministerial support for this project. Although the proposal was initiated by the Hungarian Government,  IAAS is the EU’s contracted provider with local assistance from the Hungarian Association of Ambulatory Surgery (HAAS). IAAS will initially undertake benchmarking of ambulatory facilities and ambulatory pathways in 8 hospitals in Central Hungary followed by site visits later in the year. The project will then expand to provide training for ambulatory personnel through TtT courses to facilitate the modernisation and sustainability of their ambulatory services. The final outcome at the end of this 18 month project is to formulate a strategic framework policy on ambulatory surgery for the Hungarian Government.

This project is the IAAS 4th collaboration with the EU to deliver quality improvements in Ambulatory Surgery in member countries. Our previous successful initiatives included:-‘Day Surgery:Making it Happen’, ‘Day Surgery Data Project’,and the ‘Daysafe’ project.

Capacity Building:

The IAAS organizes training workshops and professional exchange visits for health professionals, health managers and national policy makers with the aim to provide evidence-based solutions that can be adapted to the different local situations. These provide opportunities to learn firsthand the advantages of day surgery and exchange of good practices.

Stimulation and Dissemination of Research Activities and Information related to Ambulatory Surgery:

This programme line targets health professionals, clinical researchers, patient associations (patients), university researchers interested on ambulatory surgery services. The IAAS publishes the peer reviewed international journal AMBULATORY SURGERY and a newsletter in electronic format, organizes a biennial international congress, coordinates with academia in developing and promoting joint research proposals and maintains a website that also provides links to international published guidelines and protocols.

Networking, Benchmarking and advocating:

The IAAS encourages networking among members by providing opportunities at general assembly meetings, international congresses and through the newsletter. The IAAS regularly performs an international surgical statistics survey of DS whose data are used as evidence to influence policy decisions and to target IAAS support. This program line also involves joint initiatives with OECD as well as public events targeting policy makers, patient associations and health managers aimed at sharing information on recent developments in ambulatory surgery. This line will be strengthened during this programming cycle and it will include a European congress on ”Ambulatory Surgery and the Hospital of the Future”, development of an on line benchmarking tool and publication of a policy brief on ”Ambulatory Surgery in Europe versus USA and Australia” intended for policy makers and decision makers in health care.
The IAAS activities are well aligned to the political needs of countries and especially the needs of health services across member countries. The current context of a fragile economic recovery limiting the resources available for health care strengthens this position.
DS represents a sustainable and smart model of care that also provides high quality services to patients and so is also well aligned to patient needs – it has the ability to reduce inequality of services provided. De novo development of DS or large increases in DS is only feasible with considerable support to managers, doctors, surgeons, nurses and administrative staff. The IAAS Training programme aims to build the culture needed within a country to move this forward.