The Second World Congress on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome was organized by Dr. Michael Sugrue, one of the pioneers in ACS research in the beautiful sub-tropical Noosa resort. With some 150 participants, 40 invited lectures, 25 oral presentations, 20 minipaper presentations and 29 poster presentations, the meeting was a huge success. In total, 84 abstracts were accepted, submitted from all parts of the world.
During this historical meeting the foundations of the WSACS were made and the first Executive committee was elected. At the social gatherings in the evenings enough time was be provided to get to know each other and to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Whilst sipping Australian wine, the idea to write a textbook on abdominal compartment syndrome was born.
During the WCACS congress in Noosa, prizes were awarded for the best oral, minipaper, video, and poster presentations. Jan De Waele from Belgium won the prize for the best oral presentation for his study entitled Correlation between Abdominal Perfusion Pressure, Filtration Gradient and Urinary Output in Patients at Risk for Intra-abdominal Hypertension. Martin Bjorck from Sweden won the prize for the best mini-paper entitled Colonic Ischaemia and IAH following operation for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA): A prospective study? Karen Andrews from Australia won the first of the 3 prizes for the best poster presentation with her study entitled A Scientific Evaluation of the Level of Evidence of Publications Relating to ACS? Thomas Wild from Austria with his study Multicenter Observer Study in Abdominal Compartment Syndrome? and Mark Kaplan from USA with the study Effectiveness of a Vacuum Assisted Wound Management System in the Prevention and Treatment of the ACS and IAH in High Risk Trauma Patients with Open Abdomens won the other 2 best poster prizes. Congratulations to all of them!