­The Annual Meeting was held in Lille, Northern France on Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th November 2005 in the Grand Palais Conference Centre.

The organising committee was Mansukh Popat, Stuart Benham, Viki Mitchell, Anil Patel, Adrian Pearce and Bernie Liban. The organisation of the meeting was aided by a group of Lille anaesthetists, particularly Veronique Crinquette and Professor Renee Krivosic-Horber.

All general enquiries about receipts, certificates etc to lillemeeting

We originally received over 120 abstracts as submissions to the conference. Broadly, we applied the following scales to the submissions:

  • papers describing original research, especially controlled trials in patients, scored highly;
  • surveys (especially those with low response rates) scored less highly;
  • abstracts submitted with incomplete or absent data did not score highly;
  • we considered all abstracts received, but in a highly competitive field those abstracts meeting the published deadline scored higher than those received after the deadline;
  • we considered very carefully abstracts which described unlicensed uses of drugs or equipment.

Experienced reviewers independently examined all applications and graded them as "accept" or "reject". Where the reviewers agreed, that decision was confirmed. Where the reviewers disagreed (which was in only 15% of cases) the submission was re-reviewed jointly in great detail and a final decision agreed.

When we prepared the timetables for presentations, we were constrained by certain time limitations for oral presentations and so only a limited number of papers could be selected. This further added to the competitive nature of the process.

Additionally, we noted that a number of 'themes' emerged (ie)different abstracts which considered broadly the same subject area). We felt that this reflected common (and important) areas of interest among members of DAS. We therefore wished to reflect this interest by arranging time for more detailed discussion of these abstracts in the timetable.

We stress that if your abstract has been selected for a poster, it does not mean that we consider it less 'important' than one selected for oral or poster-discussion presentation (or vice versa). We hope the above outlines how and why the final selections were made.

If your abstract was rejected, we confirm that it was most likely because of issues highlighted above.

While it is always disappointing for an abstract to be rejected (and for us to have to reject an abstract), we feel that - inevitably - rejection is an essential part of any process which seeks to maintain quality. Should you have any specific concerns, we hope you will raise these at the DAS general meeting in Lille.

Dr Chris Frerk FRCA PPL(G)
Clinical Director Anaesthesia Northampton
Treasurer Difficult Airway Society
Dr Jaideep J Pandit MA, BM, DPHIL, FRCA
Consultant Anaestheist Oxford
Fellow of St John's College Oxford
On behalf of DAS free papers and posters Lille


Free Paper deadline was Friday 2nd September 2005


The following companies supported the meeting and the Society is very appreciative of their involvement.

  • Acutronic Medical
  • Aircraft Medical
  • Ambu
  • Clarus Medical
  • Freelance Surgical
  • Intersurgical
  • Intavent Orthofix
  • KeyMed
  • Smiths
  • Storz
  • Timesco
  • Teleflex Medical GmbH
  • TruCorp Ltd


The meeting was recognised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 13 external CPD points for those delegates attending the whole meeting. Certificates were issued at the meeting. The Society maintains an attendance register for 5 years, as required.

The abstracts of some of the lectures will be available through the website soon. The Free Papers and posters will not be included in case of interference with later publication.

Thursday 24th November 2005

12.30 – 13.25 Registration and Coffee, Grand Palais conference Centre, Lille
13.30– 15.30 SESSION 1 The Obstructed airway
Anatomy of the AirwayMr Paul O’Flynn, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Royal National ENT Hospital, London, UK
Maxillofacial/Supraglottic/Tongue Base LesionsDr Mansukh Popat, Consultant Anaesthetist, Oxford, UK
Laryngeal LesionsDr Anil Patel, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal National ENT Hospital, London UK
Discussion on previous talks 15 min 
Case scenario presentation and discussion 30 min 
HistoryDr Adrian Pearce, Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
Surgical Tracheostomy (including under local anaesthesia)Mr Steve Watt-Smith, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Oxford, UK
Problems with TracheostomyMr Guri Sandhu, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Royal National ENT Hospital, London UK


Friday 25th November


Comparison of the Airtraq® device with the Macintosh laryngoscope for tracheal intubation in the normal and simulated difficult airway - a manikin study.Chrisen Maharaj*†, Brian Harte†, John G. Laffey*†.
Clinical Sciences Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland and Department of Anaesthesia, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland.
Evaluation of the GlideScope Video Laryngoscope: orotracheal intubation performed by novice users after formal instructionErnst Zadrobilek
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Empress Elisabeth Hospital, Vienna, A 1150 Austria.
Comparison of the learning curve of two devices for blind orotracheal intubation by trainee anaesthetistsPougeoise M, Jaumain H, Krivosic R, Tavernier B.
Department of Anaesthetics, Roger Salengro Hospital, Lille, France.
Does 30N cricoid force affect tracheal tube placement over the gum elastic bougie?U McNelis, A Syndercombe, I Harper, J Duggan
Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington, Northumberland
Twin fibreoptic study of laryngeal impingement of endotracheal tube during asleep nasal fibreoptic intubation
A Marfin, SH Scott, M Rai, J Pandit, M Popat, S Benham
Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Randomised comparison of the Portex Softseal™ laryngeal mask airway with the LMA-Unique™ during anaesthesia
TM Cook, P Trümpelmann, R Beringer, J Stedeford
Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath, UK
Performance comparison of two anaesthetic face masksA.J. Ball, J. Craig, R.Green, D.J.Richardson
West Dorset General Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Southampton General Hospital
11.00 – 12.15 SESSION 4
Evaluation of new disposable supraglottic devices in the UK- process and recommendationDr Tim Cook, Consultant Anaesthetist, Bath, UK
Can mannequins tell us which supraglottic devices we should be using?Dr Jim Murray, Consultant Anaesthetist, Belfast, UK
Hurdles and evidence required for FDA approval of a new supraglottic device.Dr David Ferson, Professor of Anesthesiology, Houston, Texas, USA
Who chooses the airway device - clinician or manager?Dr Jaideep Pandit, Consultant Anaesthetist, Oxford, UK
12.15 – 13.45Seated Lunch
13.45 – 14.30SESSION 5A Supraglottic Airways
Guest Lecture – LMA and Impact on Difficult Airway ManagementDr.David Ferson, USA
14.30 – 15.30SESSION 5B The Airway and Trauma
USexperienceDr John McGill, Senior Associate Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Centre, USA
European experienceDr Michael S Kristensen, University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
Newborn laryngeal anatomy and airway assessment consequencesProfessor Pierre Fayoux, Claude Huriez Hospital, Lille
Foreign body aspiration in childhood: algorithim managementProfessor Charles Hugo Marquette, Albert Calmette Hospital, Lille
Difficult intubation criteria in childhoodDr Bruno Marciniak, Jean de Flandre Hospital, Lille
LMA and amygdalectomy (tonsils and adenoids)Dr Dominique Boisson-Bertrand, Central Hospital, Nancy
17.00-18.00 Annual General Meeting
20.00 (or so) Annual Dinner 


Saturday 26th November

09.15 – 10.45SESSION 7 FREE PAPERS
Mannikins, Simulators & CICV 
Evaluation of four new airway training mannequins as simulators for cLMA insertion.J Silsby, G Jordan, G Bailey, TM Cook.
Department of Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath
Can't intubate, can't ventilate! Can you do it?Lesley Green
Department of Anaesthesia, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Performance of cricothyroidotomy on a simulatorB John, I Suri, C Hillermann, C Mendonca.
Department of Anaesthetics,University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry
Management of a failed intubation scenario on a simulatorDr I Suri, Dr B John, Dr C Mendonca, Dr C Hillermann.
Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust Walsgrave Hospital
Surgical versus wire-guided cricothyroidotomy: a study of cuffed and uncuffed systems.L Sulaiman, S Q Tighe and R Nelson.
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, Chester
Airway Skills knowledge & training - where are we now? 
'Can't intubate, can't ventilate' auditD Kamming, V Mitchell, S Clarke
Department of Anaesthetics. University College Hospital, London
Fibre optic training survey among Great British and Irish traineesAF McNarry, T Dovell, FML Dancey, MJ Pead
Department of Anaesthesia, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Barts and the London NHS Trust,London
Audit of airway skills and knowledgeIKG Davies, WFS Sellers
Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading and, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury,UK
Survey of experience with the more advanced components of the 2004 Difficult Airway Society guidelines
I Hodzovic, P Gururaj, P Pradhan, AR Wilkes, P Gataure, M Popat, IP Latto. Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Difficult intubation skills : experience 4 years onA Bali, C Cook, DA Carapiet, S Elliott
Department of Anaesthetics, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Airway management in high risk patients - asleep or awake? 
A surgical airway
J M Dunnet
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK
Airway management and facing up to the red frame J Geoghegan*, JL Tong†, JE Smith*
Anaesthetic Department, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, UK and †Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham, Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK
Problems managing dental abscess and relevance of "Contingency Planning": a retrospective audit Seema Darshane, Peter Groom and Peter Charters
Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospital Aintree, Lower Lane, Liverpool, UK
Difficult airways in the morbidly obese: fact or fiction?Dr MF Dunsire, Dr G Allan
Department of Anaesthesia, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill London, UK
Dealing with airway death – a personal experienceDr Richard Plummer, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK
French Experience – a snapshot of anaesthetic deaths across FranceProfessor Dan Benhamou, Hopital de Bicetre, Paris
Learning from airway deathsDr Michael S Kristensen, Copenhagen
12.30Prizes and closing remarks. CLOSE OF MEETING.



    To follow when ready.



    Further to the wishes expressed by the Society at the AGM in Leicester 2004 arrangements were made for registration and payment through the website using WorldPay.

    Registration for the meeting and reception includes attendance at the whole meeting, a symposium booklet, free access to the Trade exhibition, free access to the Educational Stands, coffee/tea in the breaks, the Champagne Reception (Champagne, orange juice and nuts) at the end of the programme on Thursday 24th November and the seated 3-course lunch on Friday 25th November. Please note that lunch is not supplied on Thursday or Saturday. The Annual Dinner on Friday 25th November indicates pre-dinner drinks, a 3-course meal with wine and entertainment. No transport is provided to the Annual Dinner venue but this is in the centre of Lille and within easy walking distance of the hotels and venue.

    WorldPayaccept the following cards;

    • visa
    • Visa Delta
    • Visa Electron
    • Master card
    • JCB
    • Solo
    • Switch

    REFUND POLICY. There is a cooling-off period of 7 working days from the time of booking. After this time a refund, minus a £10 administration charge, will be allowed up to 2 weeks before the meeting. Refund requests quoting all booking reference numbers should be sent to Dr Adrian Pearce, Anaesthetic Department, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK or to [email protected]

    There are differential rates for members and non-members of the Society - so why not join? The best package is the meeting, reception and Annual Dinner. You can book the meeting and reception only. It is also possible to book just the Friday at the meeting. If you choose the main meeting initially without the Annual Dinner it is possible later to use this form just to book into the Dinner. One accompanying person allowed at the Annual Dinner per booked delegate. Please use the form to state whether vegetarian food is requested for both the Friday seated lunch, or the annual dinner. I doubt that we can cover all dietary requirements but let us know of any others on [email protected]

    You complete the form (some of the fields are essential) and are first directed to a page where you can review your booking. Please check your e-mail address because this is the route for booking confirmation. You will need the registered address of the card-holder later and you might just as well put this down as your address here. There is a separate field for your hospital - this will go on your meeting badge and in the symposium handbook. Only when you have checked your booking will you be directed to the secure WorldPay server for payment by credit or debit card. Payment is taken at the time of booking. You will receive immediate e-mail confirmation of booking with an Invoice which confirms your booking, the total paid and your unique booking number. It asks you to print your booking/payment confirmation and bring it with you to the meeting and this is all you need for Registration. The meeting organisers are also immediately notified of your booking and you will be entered automatically onto the delegate list. Having booked there is nothing else for you to do except think of travel, accommodation and your stay in Lille then arrive for Registration before the start of the meeting at 13.30 on Thursday 24th November 2005.

    The Contact Namefor WorldPay payments is Dr Adrian Pearce, Anaesthetic Department, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK. Telephone number of anaesthetic department 020 7188 0644. Contact Adrian Pearce.

    You may register and pay in UK sterling for delegates in the UK or in Euros from Europe, so please select the appropriate button.


    DAS member, full meeting, Thursday Reception and Friday Annual Dinner £280 or 390 Euros

    DAS member, full meeting and Thursday Reception only £250 or 350 Euros

    Non-member, full meeting, Thursday Reception and Friday Annual Dinner £300 or 420 Euros

    Non-member, full meeting and Thursday Reception only £270 or 378 Euros

    Friday scientific meeting only (no dinner) £125 or equivalent Euros

    Annual Dinner for those delegates who initially book Friday meeting only or the meeting without Friday dinner but then decide later that they would like to come £35 or 49 Euros

    Annual Dinner for Guest of booked delegate £45 or 63 Euros



    This is a new venture and I am grateful to Richard Day for sorting out the forms etc. Please let us know of any registration problems - contact Viki Mitchell on . The only problem we have had so far is that 2 delegates have not received immediate (within an hour) e-mail confirmation of booking and so have nothing 'in their hand'. Both contacted and we sent a duplicate. The reasons for not receiving your booking form are not putting down your correct e-mail address; your server not working; your server spam filter deleting the message or your server not working.