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Joint Forces Combined in EUMS - The Number 1 MCS Meeting in Europe

Pascal Leprince, MD, PhD
Groupe hospitalier Pitié salpétrière
Paris, France

In December 2015, EUMS (the European Mechanical Circulatory Support Summit) celebrated its tenth anniversary with a meeting in Paris. EUMS was created in 2006 from a common effort of the CT surgery departments of Bad Oeynhausen (Germany) and Paris (France). The aims of the meeting are to promote experience and share multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). During the past 10 years, EUMS has been held alternately in Bad Oeynhausen and Paris and has regrouped between 300 and 400 participants from all over the world for two and a half days; this year participants came from 28 different countries. The format is based on expert conferences and long panel discussions to give opportunities for the attendees to explore and share on topics related to MCS and advanced heart failure. Twenty-eight abstracts were accepted as posters. VAD coordinators from the ICCAC (International Consortium for Circulatory Assist Clinicians) also actively participated in the sessions.

For the first time, EUMS organized a one-day pre-meeting. Attendees were able to participate in the wet lab and sim lab on HVAD implantation (HeartWare), ECMO cannulation and ECMO management (Maquet/La Pitié-Salpétrière). Simultaneously, formal training for HeartMate III took place, organized by Thoratec/St. Jude. Parallel to these workshops there was an expert opinion conference on cardiogenic shock. This session was organized and chaired by Pascal Leprince, Head of the CT surgery department in La Pitié-Salpétrière hospital, Paris, France and Dr. A. El Banayosy, from Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklaoma City, US. This conference brought together 13 international experts to work on stratification of severity of cardiogenic shock, short-term device-based treatment and network organization. A position paper will be coming soon.

In 2015 EUMS revisited the history of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) in the US and Europe and Prof. Cabrol gave a lecture on his pioneering experience of MCS. We also addressed the role of cardiologists in the network of advanced heart failure care. One recurrent message from several sessions, and particularly from the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Long on "Where are we going next?", was the imperative necessity of reducing the adverse event rate associated with MCS. Improving biocompatibility could help us to reach this goal and several speakers addressed this topic, from basic to clinical applications.

Patient management was the subject of a very interactive morning clinical case session and also of a moderated panel discussion entitled "ECMO best practice". Care of MCS outpatients and special populations was discussed and the total artificial heart was revisited, with SynCardia experience in congenital patients and long-term implantations, and an update on Carmat and continuous flow pumps. Moreover, attendees were able to listen to recent industry data through 2 VAD update sessions.

Finally the guest lecture session took us on an incredible journey from the big bang and through the beauty of the universe. Moreover, some of us took the opportunity for some early jogging in the beauty of awakening Paris.

Recently EUMS decided to join forces with the group from the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin and thus the 2016 meeting will be held in Berlin. ■

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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