WSACS - the Abdominal Compartment Society

What is the WSACS?

The World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) was founded in 2004 by a group of international physicians and surgeons who recognized the need for a cohesive approach to promoting research, fostering education, and improving the survival of patients with intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and/or abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). While it remains a fledging society, the WSACS has arguably accomplished a great deal in its first three years including the development of evidence-based medicine consensus definitions and recommendations statements, publication of the first textbook on ACS as well as a monograph of cutting-edge research findings, and development of a worldwide network of clinicians and research scientists.

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WSACS executive committe meeting (Jan De Waele, Andy Kirkpatrick, Rao Ivatury, Manu Malbrain, Martin Bjorck, Ari Leppaniemi, Michael Sugrue, Annika Reintam and Scott d'Amours)

The patient care algorithms and guidelines promoted by the WSACS have been demonstrated to significantly improve patient survival from IAH and ACS, disease processes that were widely reported to have mortality rates of up to 100% only a decade ago.

The WSACS encourages all healthcare providers with an interest in IAH/ACS to become WSACS members and further the Society's mission to foster education and improve patient survival. This website contains a variety of educational materials as well as discussion forums and email listservers to aid in this mission. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions that you might have.

2015 WSACS Executive Committee

Andy Kirkpatrick Calgary, Canda President and Chairman
Jan De Waele Ghent, Belgium Past President
Inneke de Laet Antwerp, Belgium Secretary
Manu Malbrain Antwerp, Belgium Treasurer
Bart de keulenaer Fremantle, Australia  
Scott D'Amours Sidney, Australia Scientific Program Chair
Martin Bjorck Sweden  
Zsolt Balogh Newcastle, Australia  
Ari Leppaniemi Helsinki, Finland  
Mark Kaplan philadelphia, USA  
Janeth Chiaka Ejike California, USA  
Annika Reintam Blaser Estonia CTWG Chair
Michael Sugrue Letterkenny, Ireland  

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