Professors Ana Bianchi and Ola Saugstad visited to our University

On May 20, Professor Ana Bianchi (Montevideo, Uruguay), an internationally recognized expert in the field of ultrasound in obstetrics, gynecology and perinatal medicine, as well as an outstanding neonatologist Ola Didrik Saugstad (Oslo, Norway) gave lectures to students and staff of our University.

This visit was organized with the active participation of professor Marina Degtyareva, Head of the Academic Chair of Perinatology.

Professor Ana Bianchi is a country director of Ian Donald's School of Ultrasound in Medicine, director of the Prenatal Medicine Service Department of University of Montevideo and Public Health Ministry Hospital Pereira Rossell–Montevideo, chief of the Ultrasound Service of the Association Espanola-CASMU, director of the Research and Education Program of the Latin American Federation of Perinatology. She presented the report "Perinatal medicine, the development of obstetric care and prenatal diagnosis in Latin America." It was dedicated to the principles of providing obstetric and gynecological care in Uruguay, where traditionally perinatal medicine is very strong: it has the lowest neonatal and maternal mortality rates in the world, as a result of a competent national health policy. High-tech medical care is available to all residents of the country, including the poorest social groups, even if they live at an extended distance from big cities.

Professor Ola Saugstad is a co-author of the European Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). His report “European Clinical Recommendations for Management of Newborns with Respiratory Distress Syndrome 2019: Focus on Oxygenation” was devoted to resuscitation of newborns. He talked about cord clamping tactics, the principles of respiratory and oxygen support for premature and full-term babies and about modern approaches to surfactant replacement therapy. In conclusion, the professor talked about clinical recommendations for mechanical ventilation and alternative techniques that allow to avoid the use of this approach, which can potentially cause lung injury.