Once again, the SRLF can be proud of its congress. Following last year’s move from the CNIT to the Porte de Versailles, Réanimation 2017 was an all-round success. For its fantastic work our thanks go to the SRLF Scientific Committee, and to its director Professor Alexandre Demoule, who ensured that the congress program expressed the spirit of our specialty.
The success of the congress was first and foremost seen in the accounts: once again the number of attendees increased, this year by 5%. Réanimation continues to grow and remains the leading French-language congress specifically dedicated to intensive care, not only for physicians, but also paramedics.
As the principal forum for the presentation of research work in critical care medicine, Réanimation this year again received a large number of abstracts (460 submitted). The submission of abstracts in English is clearly not a hindrance to French-speaking intensivists. Thanks to the work done by the Scientific Committee and by Professor Jean-Louis Teboul, the Editor in Chief of Annals of Intensive Care, the abstracts selected for the congress were published in our journal in time for the start of the congress.
The quality of the communications and of the speakers did, of course, contribute greatly to the success of the congress. This year’s guest was the Intensive Care Society, and the sessions where its members gave talks were a great success. The distinguished lecture by Professor Mervyn Singer (University College London) was original and very stimulating for our younger colleagues. Also, as intensive care is a multidisciplinary speciality at the crossroads of various medical fields, our program included joint sessions with the societies of these specialties (SPLF, SPILF, SFNDT, SFC, SFMI). All these joint sessions were of exceptional quality and underscored the richness of our daily interactions. We take this opportunity to thank the SPLF, SPILF, SFC, and SFNDT for their active participation in the congress.
As for the paramedical professions, the nursing congress committee headed by Paulo Ferreira also produced a high-quality program much appreciated by everyone. This year there were more communications by registered nurses and their quality was highlighted by the award of three prizes during the congress.
The congress application was for the second year running adopted by everybody (over 2000 downloads). One of this year’s innovations was the use of the app to vote during the sessions and to exchange thoughts with other attendees.
Réanimation 2017 was also the venue for the launch of Ouvrir. Initiated by the SRLF and supported by the SFAR and GFRUP, Ouvrir seeks to promote 24/7 service in intensive care units in France. The corresponding discussions were rich, both during the scientific sessions and at the stand of the Commission Jeune, which runs this project (together with the SFAR and GFRUP). You can follow the progress of this project at www.ouvrir.org, and the one-year results will be presented at Réanimation 2018.
Thank you all for making this congress such a success. We also thank our industrial partners for supporting the congress, the technical teams of our service providers (Viparis, OpenSlides), and the administrative team (Mathieu, Florence, and Michèle) headed by Chantal Sevens, without whom this congress would not be what it is.
We invite everyone to return next year for Réanimation 2018 at the Porte de Versailles, where we shall have a better lit hall, better sound-proofed rooms, and a program that we are confident will be even more appealing, with more innovations!
Jean-Paul MIRA (President of the SRLF) and Charles-Edouard LUYT (Secretary General of the SRLF)