We are pleased to invite you to the first IAAS Online Congress

Saturday 31st October 2020 at 1pm GMT.


Professor Douglas McWhinnie

IAAS President


Dr Carlos Magalhães

President Elect

Like many organisations Covid-19 has forced us to cancel our European Congress this year and postpone our next International Congress until 2022. However, the need for linking and learning from international colleagues has never been greater and so we have decided to hold an Online Congress. This is an exciting new departure for the IAAS and we hope as many people as possible will be able to join us. We have chosen a Saturday and a timing that will hopefully make it feasible for our colleagues to join us from across the globe. 

We have secured leading international speakers who will cover various aspects of running Ambulatory Surgery safely for our patients and our staff. We have split the meeting into 3 sessions over 2 separate weekends. The first 2 sessions on Saturday 31st October will be presentations from our international experts - each session will be 90 minutes and there will be a 15-minute break between the sessions. We have invested in a secure online platform for running the meeting that will allow you to ask questions online and we can even perform surveys or polls during the meeting like we did in Porto.

The meeting will also be recorded so those who are unable to attend on the day will be able to login and see at their convenience.

We separated the Free Paper session to Saturday 7th November for 2 reasons

  • firstly in recognition of the effect of time zones around the world which would have meant a very late finish for some countries and
  • secondly because experience suggests that shorter meetings work better online.

We received a total of 24 abstracts submitted which were of a high standard - the Scientific Committe have short listed 9 papers which will be presented at the Prize Free Paper Session on 7th November. The best presentation on the day will win the prize of free registration at our next International Congress in 2022. 

All abstracts will be published in the next edition of Ambulatory Surgery. We have invited all authors to submitted a recorded presentation which we will publish online.                       

In another first we have created a secure payment portal using Stripe allowing you to register for the event.

There is one price of 25 Euro for attending all 3 sessions.

Please note

  • The event will be recorded and available for our international colleagues who sign up to watch at a time that suits them.
  • You must choose the link to register for all 3 sessions - which you choose to attend is your choice.

We look forward to seeing you online in October!


Saturday 31st October

1300 - 1430 Session 1

Welcome from Professor Douglas McWhinnie 

The ‘New Normal’ for the ambulatory pathway (Doug McWhinnie. UK)

Changes to the nurses and nursing process post-COVID (Mariann Aaland. Norway)

Multispecialty Roadmaps for Resuming and Maintaining Ambulatory Surgery in the “Post” COVID-19 Era – USA Perspective (Beverly Philip. USA)

Avoiding Aerosol Generating Procedures in ambulatory surgery : loco-regional anaesthesia' (Xavier Falieres. Netherlands)

1430 - 1445 Break

1445 - 1615 Session 2

The Surgeon and Surgery during COVID : working with change (Carlos Magalhães. Portugal)

Can Technology help in the COVID era ? (Naresh Row. India)

Digital Patient Platform : lessons learned (Marc Coppens. Belgium)

COVID+ Conversion After Elective Surgery: To Worry or not to Worry?  (Arnaldo Valedon. USA)


Saturday 7th November

Free Paper Session

1300 - 14.30

Abstracts to be presented

Eva Vanbelleghem Outpatient hysterectomy: a randomized controlled trial
Vanessa Cubas Driving forward the improvement of the provision and documentation of driving advice on discharge following elective day case inguinal hernia repair surgery
Marco Alexandre Lopes Pires Nissen Fundoplication in Ambulatory Surgery
Els Van Caelenberg Unanticipated admission after ambulatory surgery in the pediatric population : a single center retrospective analyzes
Carla Isabel Ferreira Hip Arthroscopy in the Ambulatory Setting - Our Reality
Fabio Soares Ultra-Compact Ambulatory Surgery Unit (UCASU): a new typology of freestanding venues.
Thibo Degeeter Prospective audit on fasting status of  elective ambulatory surgery patients, correlated to gastric ultrasound.
Stephanie Vanden Berghe Day surgery of tomorrow: a research towards the communication and collaboration between GP's and the surgical day hospital
Liu Yan Does Auricular Point sticking and Acupuncture Combined With ERAS Is Helpful To Laparoscopic Single Site Surgery In Gynecological Day Surgery Center?

Scientific Committee