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Prof. Dr. Michael Hiesmayr: "What is normal in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine"

(Vienna, 24 March 2010) On 25 March 2010 Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Hiesmayr is to hold his inaugural lecture on "What is normal in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine". Since 1 July 2008 Michael Hiesmayr has held the chair for cardio-thoracic-vascular surgical anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at MedUni Vienna.

Michael Hiesmayr, Head of the Division of Cardio-Thoracic-Vascular Surgical Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine, has been employed at MedUni Vienna since 1990. His research activities have mainly been focusing on the consequences of anaesthesia in heart and lung transplantations as well as serious heart operations.

In cooperation with surgeons of MedUni Vienna it has been possible in the past ten years to reduce the mortality rate in heart surgery by 50 percent. Hiesmayr is also responsible for training at the Department of Anaesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine.

"It is specific knowledge that we have to apply on a daily basis and which informs us about what is »normal« in each individual patient. During surgery we ensure that the values of heart and circulatory functions are »normal« and patients receive the required quantity of fluids. It is the task of anaesthesiologists and intensive care specialists to observe and investigate this »normal« status and use it as a point of reference," says Michael Hiesmayr about the content of his lecture.

He explains that the range of reactions is very limited in sick people. "Major technical progress has been achieved in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. But even more important than understanding and implementing the »normal« strategy is correct, appropriate and timely application," adds the medical specialist.

In cooperation with other university departments, the Department of Anaesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine provides care to some 50,000 patients a year. It is one of the largest departments in this specialist field worldwide. Ten percent of MedUni Vienna’s staff are employed at this clinic.


Inaugural lecture: "What is normal in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine"
25 March 2010 | 14:00
AKH Lecture Hall Centre | Level 7 | Lecture Hall 3
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
A-1090 Vienna